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MORE INTERESTING THAN MOST PEOPLE’S FANTASIES — THE SWINGING EIGHTIES 1978-1984They didn’t call themselves New Romantics, or the Blitz Kids – but other people did.
“I’d find people at the Blitz who were possible only in my imagination. But they were real” — Stephen Jones, hatmaker, 1983. (Illustration courtesy Iain R Webb, 1983)
“The truth about those Blitz club people was more interesting than most people’s fantasies” — Steve Dagger, pop group manager, 1983
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◆ Who was who in Spandau’s break-out year of 1980? The Invisible Hand of Shapersofthe80s draws a selective timeline for The unprecedented rise and rise of Spandau Ballet –– Turn to our inside page
- 2020 ➤ Gaz still rockin’ those blues a lifetime later
- 1980 ➤ Why Bowie came recruiting Blitz Kids for his Ashes to Ashes video
- 2020 ➤ Singer Ross reveals how Spandau drove him to try ending it all
- ➤ Why every Stephen Jones hat casts its own magic spell
- 1979 ➤ Ethereal Bowie sets the bar for one of his inadvertent hits
- ➤ Sullivan & Elms relive their clubland double act
- 2020 ➤ Sheeran and Radcliffe bag the big bucks in Sunday Times Rich List
- 2020 ➤ Steve Dagger recalls Spandau Ballet’s fifth gig and why it detonated their lift-off
- 2020 ➤ And now Bowie pays the ultimate tribute to Little Richard
- 2020 ➤ Bowie on Kraftwerk and his tribute to Florian Schneider
- 2020 ➤ Beyond: Learning how to be black and gay and blaze a trail to the future
- 1980 ➤ 40 years of musical freedom thanks to what we Brits enjoyed calling the Sony Stowaway
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Responding today to news of the death of actor Pete Postlethwaite, the former deputy prime minister John Prescott, has credited the 1996 film Brassed Off — about the struggles faced by a colliery brass band after the closure of their pit under a Conservative government — as the inspiration for a Labour regeneration programme for coalfield communities
Lord Prescott writes…
❚ I FIRST SAW BRASSED OFF in June 1997. The story, loosely based on the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, was moving but it was Pete Postlethwaite’s speech right at the end that had a deep effect on me. His character, band leader Danny, after spending his life wanting to win the national brass-band trophy, symbolically turns it down because he knows it’s the only way he can get publicity for the 1,000 miners who were sacked from his pit…
❏ Tribute — In 2008, Pete Postlethwaite fell victim to the director Rupert Goold in his absurd updating of Shakespeare’s King Lear at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. At the actor’s prompting the production was revised slightly before moving to London’s Young Vic in 2009. The staging still hit the heights of am-dram self-consciousness, but Postlethwaite’s performance [see video trailer below] rose above his surroundings to be intensely affecting, as an abject monarch who seemed more a vulnerable man of the people.
❏ Daniel Day-Lewis, who played Postlethwaite’s son in 1993’s In the Name of the Father (for which they both earned Oscar nominations), and co-starred with him in 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans: “Pos was the one. As students, it was him we went to see on stage time and time again. It was him we wanted to be like: wild and true, lion hearted, unselfconscious, irreverent. He was on our side. He watched out for us. We loved him and followed him like happy children, never a breath away from laughter.”
Postlethwaite was acclaimed for other performances in films such as Stephen Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet and Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects.
➢ A face we won’t forget — Pete Postlethwaite, who died on Sunday, was one of our finest actors. Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw recalls the unwitting role he played in the Northern Ireland peace process
➢ Blessed with one of the most remarkable faces of any British actor this past half century — Daily Telegraph obituary