Blast from the Past

Vivienne_Westwood Worlds_End_shop Mini_crini

Way back in 1986, the Worlds End shop had just opened again after being closed for nearly 18 months. It had been closed because Vivienne’s business had been going through a difficult yet transformative period in which she had finally finished all business ties with Malcolm McLaren,had been living in Italy, met future business manager Carlo D’Amario & had been working on the designs for what was going to be the Mini Crini collection. She had then gone to New York & shown the collection there.
When she came back to London, the only people working for her were myself, my brother Joe, Carlo’s girlfriend Jeb & my grandmother Dora.
At this time I was also taking up photography & Vivienne asked me to take some pictures of some new items she was working on.
Two of them are shown here.
The girl on the steps of Worlds End is a glamorous neighbour we had at the time called Mandy.
She is wearing a white round collared shirt (no orb embroidered on it yet, that was still to be developed) & one of the alternative crini skirts Vivienne was designing at the time. This skirt was a lot longer than the mini crini & was made in city stripe suiting (mentioning this, Vivienne was also making these same skirts out of the denim from cut up Levi jeans, patched together).
In the second photo are two friends from the time. On the left is Jane Francis, commonly known as Minnie who was going out with another friend of mine, Oleh Witer the creator of an Australian band called Big Pig (Oleh modelled in the Time Machine fashion show). Minnie later worked at Westwood for several years.
The girl on the right is Rosemary Turner who did the door at Philip Salon’s nightclub, the Mud Club.
Here they both are on the Kings Road having a portion of chips.
Minnie wears a sample dress & Rosemary wears a mini crini outfit & star belt. 

Vivienne_Westwood Worlds_End_shop Mini_crini

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Interview_Jordan_Pt2

In part two of the interview with Jordan, we talk about her friend Adam Ant, whom she managed at the start of his career between 77 & 78, even providing vocals on one song ‘Lou’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFCV2Mq0Z70  (Jordan got him a part in the Derek Jarman film ‘Jubilee’ during the same period).
We also discuss the power of dressing up, the legacy of Punk Rock & her present involvement with the 40 years anniversary of the release of The Sex Pistols’ single ‘Anarchy in the UK’ which launched Punk Rock on the public.  Continue reading

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Herbie Mensah_Interview

It was wonderful to bump into Herbie at Portobello Rd market earlier this year & this time we organised to make this video for the blog (shot in June).
Herbie became virtually the (male) ‘face’ of Vivienne after his first appearance modelling in the Nostalgia of Mud/Buffalo Girls collection of 1982 & then the subsequent Punkature, Witches, Hypnos & Clint Eastwood collections. Continue reading

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‘We Play Rock & Roll’ – Lemmy Kilmister RIP

Motorhead

A very Happy New Year to you all!
The break was nice but we begin this year with the loss of phenomenon, bass playing vocalist from Motorhead, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister who sadly died on the 28th December, 4 days after his 70th birthday.
I mentioned Lemmy’s death to my mother as I know that she knew & liked him. She told me that he had come into the Kings Road shop often & that he was always trying to get her to take some sort of pill (he must have ‘fancied’ her). Once he had gone so far as to get one in her mouth which he tried to make her swallow but she spat it out.
At the time Lemmy & his bandmates had no money & they squatted & worked around Worlds End & Battersea (where they met guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke who joined the band in 76). They rehearsed whenever they could under a furniture shop in nearby Lots Rd.
However suddenly (& finally) in September 1978 they hit success with the release of their single ‘Louie, Louie’ & then hit the big time on March 4th 79 with the release of their album ‘Overkill’ which reached No 43 in the UK charts.
In looking for a memorial pic I found a photo on the net of him with Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen (credit: Kerstin Rodgers) which must have been taken in 1977/78 (Nancy died 12th Oct 78, Sid 4 months later).

Sid Vicious Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy had always said that Motorhead’s music was Rock & Roll & that they identified more with Punk than with Metal.
True pioneers, Lemmy’s technique of playing bass was more akin to playing guitar with heavy use of chords & Phil Taylor the drummer learnt to play two bass drums in a wall of pulsating sound (his drumming practicing inspired the track ‘Overkill’). They were the loudest band at the time, Lemmy’s voice fitted perfectly, sounding like a cement mixer in tune & his stance at the microphone was heroic like he was flying through a storm.
Stylish & Lovely, RIP Lemmy & thank you So much.

Overkill-Lyrics

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