◼ 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
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Tagged Barrie Wentzell, Björk, Bob Marley, David Bowie, limited edition, Lucy Bell gallery
Songwriter Smith fronting The Fall’s first incarnation in 1977. (Photo © Kevin Cummins)
In tribute to Mark Edward Smith who died today, here’s his biggest fan, the legendary deejay John Peel, who was commissioned to summarise the uniqueness of The Fall in The Sunday Times’s partwork, 1000 Makers of Music, published 25 May 1997:
“ Nothing in the history of pop has been remotely like the Fall. Mark E Smith is not only the writer of lyrics that often boast more ideas in a verse than most bands contrive for an LP, but is also credited with what is often said about Viz, that it isn’t as funny as it used to be. Fall devotees are accustomed to hearing similar assessments of their favourite band but believe that, through a bewildering number of personnel changes, the Fall remains the band by which all others must be judged. Their dozens of records crawl with anger, insults, waspish poetry and roaring guitar/bass/drums/keyboards-driven music some have styled Manc-a-billy after their home town. We the faithful can argue that anything, from 1979’s Live At the Witch Trials to last year’s The Light User Syndrome, might be the best. Smith’s press interviews – ranting against political correctness and students (the song Hey, Student from the 1994 LP Middle Class Revolt is a Fall classic) – make marvellous reading. (Keywork: Hey, Student.) ”
➢ Frontman of the post-punk band the Fall notorious for his deadpan black humour – Guardian obituary: “Smith performed with a total of 66 band members on 63 albums”
➢ The Fall’s 12 Essential Tracks – New York Times
Now a radio drama: Poster for the 1973 film
◼ HERE ARE TWO RADIO 4 DRAMA TREATS this Saturday 23 Sept and next at 2.30pm – first an adaptation by former Evening Standard pop columnist Ray Connolly of his 1973 film, That’ll Be the Day (which starred David Essex and Ringo Starr with cameos from Billy Fury and Keith Moon). It’s a very British coming-of-age story that keenly captures the vicissitudes of postwar austerity prevailing in the provinces as the Swinging Sixties dawned.
BBC sell: “It’s 1959 and young Jim Maclaine seems to have it all. He’s good looking and destined to go to a good university. But he’s haunted by the father who abandoned him and his mother when he was small. Is he ready for the normal life mapped out for him? Or is he restless like his old man?”
➢ That’ll Be the Day at R4 – catch up online at the iPlayer for a month
Jim’s story is followed through on Saturday 30th with Stardust. Sell: “Show me a boy who never wanted to be a rock star and I’ll show you a liar. In this sequel to That’ll Be the Day, it’s the early 1960s and Jim Maclaine is now an aspiring pop musician. He seeks out his old mate Mike, because every pop star needs a road manager. Performing to bored audiences in seedy clubs, the Stray Cats live on dreams of becoming as famous as the Beatles…” Based on the film of the same name which featured David Essex, Adam Faith, Larry Hagman and Keith Moon.
➢ Stardust at R4 – also online for a month
ALSO AVAILABLE AS PAPERBACKS
Ray Connolly’s books as spin-offs from their films
➢ Buy That’ll Be the Day as a Fontana paperback
➢ Buy Stardust as a Fontana paperback
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Tagged BBC Radio 4, Ray Connolly, Ringo Starr, Stardust, That’ll Be the Day