Music

Win tickets to my talk with Gary Crowley



Gary Crowley with The Clash

In three weeks time, I’m going to be front and centre of the Cockpit Theatre, putting London radio legend, Gary Crowley in the hot seat. This irrepressible raconteur has gone from teenage punk fan to schoolboy fanzine editor to record plugger to NME receptionist, from whence he moved onto radio and TV during the magical years of 80s indie and pop.

He’s run a fanzine from a phone box, was the first to play Wham! on the radio (and became their tour compere), helped bring hip-hop and Brit pop to the masses and schmoozed with Soho’s fashion and music finest during the Wag Club heyday. First and foremost a hardcore music freak, he currently hosts shows on BBC Radio London and this year released the frankly brilliant ‘Gary Crowley’s Lost 80s’ compilation album. A potent cocktail of killer rarities and under-appreciated gems from 1980-1987, it runs the gamut from post-punk new wave and indie guitar pop to early hip-hop and dance electronica. (My most played: Keep on Keeping On by the Redskins and Stop That Girl by Vic Godard).

On 7th October, Gary is returning to his NW8 roots to answer my loooong list of questions about The Clash his most memorable moments in the music biz. Even better, we have carved out time for Qs from the floor, so if you want to come and see me in the Michael Parkinson seat, grab the last few tickets here. Or, to win a pair of tickets, leave your name in the comments (email addresses won’t be published), or on Twitter. The winner will be picked at random on 23rd September and notified by email or social media.

Coming Home – An Evening with Gary Crowley is at 8pm (doors at 7.30) on 7th October 2019 at The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, NW8 8EH ( 020 7258 2925)

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IMAGE: Gary Crowley and Joe Strummer
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New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1995 at Sprüth Magers



New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1995 at Spruth Magers

Wait, Another New Order post punk flavoured exhibition? Wow London, you’re really spoiling me!

Preceding the Chelsea College of Arts ‘Use Hearing Protection: FAC 1 – 50 / 40‘ exhibition curated by Jon Savage and Mat Bancroft (I wrote about it here), there’s a Sprüth Magers show on right now that ends on September 14th.

New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976-1985 explores the post punk and beyond years of British art, music and design. There are art exhibits from the likes of Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas, plus the ‘Belgravia’ series and stark black and white punk photos of Karen Knorr. (UPDATE: Karen Knorr’s 1979-80 ‘Belgravia’ series blew my mind…)

There’s also an accompanying talk with Curator Michael Bracewell and Peter Saville today, that’s unsurprisingly over-subscribed. But I’m assured it will be filmed for public consumption.

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IMAGE: Sprüth Magers
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Coming soon: Honey F***ing Dijon X Dover Street Market



Honey Dijon by Benjamin Huseby

Is Adrian Joffe a secret clubber? I love the idea of him letting off steam at Berghain, perhaps togged out in a combo of Rick, Raf and Comme. And now he can wear the merch of one of his (and my) favourite DJs, Honey Dijon. (more…)



See this: Use Hearing Protection: FAC 1 – 50 / 40



Use Hearing Protection- FAC 1 – 50 40 - Factory Records exhibition

September is shaping up to be a mammoth month for me. Not only have I got a big birthday coming up, but there are a couple of great book launches, a wee trip, and no shortage of excellent exhibitions.

This exhibition looks fab.

Use Hearing Protection: FAC 1 – 50 / 40‘ at Chelsea Space (next to Tate Britain) is curated by Jon Savage and Mat Bancroft and explores the audio visual work of the legendary Factory Records from 1978 to 1982. (more…)