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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)

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Sprüth Magers
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London Craft Week 2019 is here



Pringle of Scotland London Craft Week 2019

I know this is a terrible thing to say, but there’s too much good stuff on right now. I just caught the last day of Diane Arbus at The Hayward (brilliant). Just missed Don McCullin at the Tate (gutted). And now London Craft Week has snuck up on me and I’m nowhere near ready for it.

London Craft Week is now in its fifth year, a festival of all things artisanal and considered, with the additional backing of some heavyweight sponsors including Dunhill and Purdey to give it that extra push. (more…)



Is it too soon for beauty advent calendars?



Castelbajac X L'OCCITANE Classic Advent Calendar

This time every year we have this dilemma about whether it’s too early to discuss Christmas. But, hey, we need something to look forward to, right? The press got a first look at all the gifty launches a month or so ago (in a month-long junket known as ‘Christmas In July’) and so we’ve seen all there is to see of advent calendars, gift selection sets and the like already.

Beauty advent calendars still seems to have plenty of mileage in them (read my post on the business of advent calendars and beauty subscription boxes here) and brands and retailers are having to up their game in order to stand out. (more…)