Rockin' London and Zine - two 1980's photo books
A pair of books of 1980's photography of the London rockabilly and indie & pop music scenes.
In the mid 1980s I took many rolls of 35mm black and white film of the London rockabilly scene. The book of these photos includes four iconic London rockin' venues of the day, such as The Phoenix, and two of the bands, Red Hot 'n' Blue and the Chevalier Brothers. All enhanced by comments from people there at the time.
This overlapped with me co-creating a fanzine called Zine devoted to indie and pop music. I took a great many photos for the articles, these feature in the Zine book with never before seen interview shots of artists such as Paul Weller, Deacon Blue, John Peel, Cyndi Lauper, Bo Diddley, Bow Wow Wow, Edwyn Collins, Billy Mackenzie and The Blow Monkeys. Accompanied by some of the original Zine articles and graphics.
The candid photographs in both books stand by themselves as a record of the time, taken from the viewpoint of an insider, the other voices in the texts add personal colour and detail.
Introductions by two highly respected DJs
Rockin' DJ Tom Ingram - now resident in Las Vegas - features in many of the original photos and was an important personality of the London 80's scene, he introduces the rockin' book. The Zine book has photos from a quick lunch we spent with John Peel, and has an intro from the DJ who has done most to continue his work, the well-respected 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq.
There's a great range of bonus rewards on top of the books themselves, only available at this time : as a backer for the project you will get your name into the book on the supporters page, there are archival quality photo prints available of your choice of image, a limited edition Zine badge (made by the same company that made the original 80's Zine badges) and the top reward means you can choose your cover model on a custom dust jacket for either book.
Two great collaborators
Known to our family as Rockin' Dave, David Waterman introduced my sister and me to the rockin' scene and will be working on the text to bring together the memories of that time. In the years after Zine, my sister, Juliet Sensicle worked at London Records and was involved with bands such as All Saints, L7, East 17 and Utah Saints (to name but a few). She will be editing the text for the Zine book, having co-edited and co-written the fanzine in the 80s (together with Tim Southwell, who went on to co-found Loaded magazine and Iestyn George, later section editor on the NME).
The original negatives will be professionally re-scanned for previously unseen detail. The books will be professionally designed and have top quality printing. Both books will have a square format of 220mm (a bit larger than the sleeve of a 45rpm). Zine - One Fanzine's View of the 1980's Music Scene will be 96 pages. Black & White - A Snapshot of Rockin' London in the 1980s will be 160 pages; both books averaging one display photo per page.
AND TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD:
Search Spotify for "Zine Mixtape" to find a virtual C120 that will transport you back to the heyday of jangly indie guitar! Or "Rockin London" for a playlist of favourite jive, bop, stroll and smooch 45s.
JUST A TASTER OF THE IMAGES IN THE BOOKS:
Risks and challenges
I worked for many years in book publishing, rising to the giddy heights of art director, so I have a complete understanding of the process of getting a book from concept to printed item.
Obviously the photographs already exist and the negatives will be professionally scanned the minute we reach our target. Dave and Juliet are already working on the text, so we will be working tirelessly to keep to our strict schedule to get the books out for September.
Kickstarter is "all or nothing" - if we do not reach the target then you will pay nothing, there is no risk to your money.
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