Former door-girl at the Blitz: “Your Look isn’t extreme enough, you’re not coming in!” Janet Lyon guards the door to Lucy Bell’s photo gallery in St Leonards where vintage Blitz Kids gathered to view themselves in their prime
◼ EVERY TUESDAY FOR A YEAR as the 1980s dawned, Steve Strange had been declaring a “private party” in the shabby Blitz wine bar near London’s Covent Garden. Inside, precocious 19-year-olds presented an eye-stopping collage, posing away as stiletto-heeled vamps dressed for cocktails in a Berlin cabaret. Others came as wicked witches, kohl-eyed ghouls, futuristic man machines. Bored by the nihilism of punk with its message of “No future”, these school-leavers were determined to shape a future for themselves. At the Blitz only outrage secured entry: and some Blitz Kids spent the whole of Tuesday perfecting their Look.
Last Thursday in Sussex, previously unseen images taken in 1980 inside the club by ex-Time magazine photographer Terry Smith went on show and for sale for the next six weeks. In the spirit of the Blitz, we set up a snap of Janet Lyon with a red rope barrier on the door at Lucy Bell’s gallery for this week’s Private View. Back in the day Janet helped Steve Strange to vet new arrivals by judging how much wit and outrage they had invested in their Look. Turn inside to read our report on the vintage Blitz Kids and others who made it past the door. . .
➢ Visit the Lucy Bell Fine Art gallery website
Terry Smith, the former Time magazine photographer: recalling his shoot with Malcolm McLaren and proteges Bow Wow Wow in the mid-70s
➢ Exclusively at Shapers of the 80s:
20 of Terry Smith’s unseen Blitz Club pix – in colour
➢ Exclusively at Shapers of the 80s:
20 more of Terry Smith’s unseen Blitz Club pix . . . plus the resulting Time magazine feature from September 1980
Posted in art, Britain, Clubbing, collecting, exhibitions, Fashion, History, journalism, Media, New Romantics, photography, Swinging 80s, Tipping points, Youth culture, zeitgeist
Tagged Andy Bulled, Clare Thom, Debbie Ripley, Eve Ferret, Fiona Dealey, Francesca von Thyssen, George O’Dowd, Hattie Pearson, Helen Robinson, Ian Meek, Janet Lyon, Jon Lockwood, Kirsten Reynolds, Lucy Bell Fine Art, Paul Freyler, St Leonards Sussex, Stephen Jones, Steve Strange, Sue Tilley, Terry Smith, Tommy Crowley
Posted in art, Clubbing, collecting, exhibitions, Fashion, History, journalism, Media, New Romantics, nightlife, photography, Pop music, Swinging 80s, Tipping points
Tagged Blitz club, Blitz Kids, Chris Sullivan, elektro-diskow, Ken Banta, Lucy Bell, Rusty Egan, Steve Strange, Terry Smith, Time magazine
For sale: Tartan tabard designed by Blitz Kid Melissa Caplan
◼ WITH SPANDAU BALLET very much in the news this week you’ve a chance to pick up a tartan tabard created by one of their early student designers, Blitz Kid Melissa Caplan. The one we see here was owned and worn by soulboy Lance Mccormack to their gig aboard HMS Belfast in 1980. Yours for £40, or whatever the highest bid is in five days’ time.
Lance says he’s having a clear out, so while you’re browsing you’ll also see a “very rare” Lewis Leathers jacket (pictured below) for sale for £250 or better offer. Other classics available include Johnson’s Lurex peg trousers bought spring 1978; Johnsons BC Ethic Larocka shirt with artwork by Vince Ray; men’s vintage Bowie jacket handmade by Carnaby Cavern London only £15.
No excuse for not looking cool at next Wednesday’s big gig.
➢ Visit Lance’s sale page at eBay
◼ THE CONTACTS EXHIBITION
David Bowie shot in 1972: Six playful frames from the 20 on the 20×24-inch sheet by Barrie Wentzell / RockArchive in the Contacts exhibition
shows off a unique collection of never before seen contact sheets by some of the world’s greatest music photographers. The contact sheet is the photographer’s first look at what they have captured on camera, printed directly from the negatives or roll of film in the era before digital. One sheet might contain 30 shots taken in succession and thus gives an intimate glimpse into a photographer’s working process and editing choices while also sharing candid moments when an off-guard star is caught larking about.
The exhibition makes a trip worthwhile to St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex where all the prints at the Lucy Bell gallery are for sale. We see enlarged contact sequences of David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Oasis, Joy Division, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits taken by renowned photographers such as Jill Furmanovsky, Barrie Wentzell, Don Hunstein, Michael Putland, Carinthia West, Michael Putland, Andrew Catlin, Matt Anker, Colin N Purvor and Brian Duffy.
➢ Contacts runs at the Lucy Bell gallery in St Leonards on Sea until 29 May 2018
➢ Bob Marley, Björk and David Bowie as you’ve never seen them – reviewed by Sam Wolfson in The Guardian
Posted in collecting, Culture, exhibitions, History, photography, rock music
Tagged Barrie Wentzell, Björk, Bob Marley, David Bowie, limited edition, Lucy Bell gallery