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Control: The Tragedy of Ian Curtis, His Family and Joy Division.

Control: The Tragedy of Ian Curtis, His Family and Joy Division.

3 weeks ago
Above Photo: Ian Curtis with his wife Deborah and baby. I recently re-watched Control, a 2007 film about Joy Division and the death of the band’s singer Ian Curtis, who killed himself aged 23. Based on a book by his widow, Deborah Curtis, I first watched the film when it came out and thought it was a cinematic, screenwriting and ... Read More Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jigsaw Feeling and The Writing of Bombed Out!

Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jigsaw Feeling and The Writing of Bombed Out!

4 weeks ago
Above Photo: The cover of the 1978 Siouxsie and the Banshees album, The Scream. In the foreword to Bombed Out!, I wrote the following in connection with the whole time span covered by the book, but with special reference to the Punk era onwards, and the entire writing process that gave rise to the book itself. Part of the Foreword ... Read More
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1980s Liverpool: The English city that wanted to break away from the UK.

1980s Liverpool: The English city that wanted to break away from the UK.

1 week ago
Above photo: Canning Dock, the Port of Liverpool Building, Cunard Building and the Liver Building in Liverpool as they appeared in the 1980s. I recently read an excellent and thought-provoking BBC article by Helen Grady. It was about Liverpool’s desire to break away from the rest of the UK in the early 1980s, to escape from Margaret Thatcher’s disastrous government, which also ... Read More What’s In A Name: Anarchy – In The UK?

What’s In A Name: Anarchy – In The UK?

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: Anarchic Wall Wit. I was interested to recently come across two unrelated photos depicting the word ‘Anarchy’ in graffiti. So loved by the Punk movement, the term Anarchy simply means living in a state of lawlessness without a central authority. Anarchy means Freedom. Anarchist graffiti on a wall in a Punk’s flat. In the photo are Siouxsie Sioux ... Read More
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Who Knew? 1980s Liverpool Bands and Hanging Around.

Who Knew? 1980s Liverpool Bands and Hanging Around.

2 weeks ago
St George’s Hall, Liverpool, in the 1890s. I love the above photograph, posted on Inacityliving’s Facebook page. At first sight you may not see why, but take a closer look: Close-up of the steps. Taken over 100 years ago, it shows people hanging around and sunbathing on the steps of the magnificent St George’s Hall, in Liverpool’s city centre, a ... Read More Busted: The Raid That Closed Liverpool’s Eric’s Club, Part 2 – By Wah! Heat’s Rob Wynne Jones.

Busted: The Raid That Closed Liverpool’s Eric’s Club, Part 2 – By Wah! Heat’s Rob Wynne Jones.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo Wah! Heat onstage at Eric’s Club, Liverpool (© Roy Williams). Rob Wynne Jones was Wah! Heat’s drummer, who played on the last night Eric’s was open, and who was there when police raided the club. I was intrigued after listening to Pete Wylie talking during part of the Wah! Heat set on a recording made the night of ... Read More
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“Fuck a Trucker”: Nancy Sinatra and These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.

“Fuck a Trucker”: Nancy Sinatra and These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.

2 days ago
Above Photo: Nancy Sinatra.  Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ was released in February 1966 and quickly shot to Number 1 in the US, the UK and many other countries around the world. A screenshot from the Boots video. It was released when the Vietnam War was raging, but for me it triggers memories of cold winter mornings in Liverpool, ... Read More Punk and New Wave Musicians Before They Were Famous.

Punk and New Wave Musicians Before They Were Famous.

3 days ago
This one is such a dead giveaway, even from his school photograph above, that I’m not even going to bother spinning it out. But just in case you can’t tell from the above, this next photo of the guy, aged eight, will surely give it away: And again, in 1967: And the answer is of course, the late ... Read More
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Medieval Beast Banter: An Unorthodox Approach To Art History.

Medieval Beast Banter: An Unorthodox Approach To Art History.

5 months ago
Above Photo: This boar thought he had it under control but he did not. Although not much to do with my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!, someone recently sent me an article called “44 Medieval Beasts That Cannot Even Handle It Right Now” by Tom Phillips on the website www.buzzfeed.com. I thought it was excellent: the depth of research to find ... Read More ‘The Night Punk Was Officially Born in the USA’ – When the Damned Played CBGBs.

‘The Night Punk Was Officially Born in the USA’ – When the Damned Played CBGBs.

5 months ago
Above Photo: The Damned pose in front of the World Trade Centre in 1977. That headline is a quote from Binky Philips, a US Punk who was there the night The Damned played their first gig at CBGB’s, New York, in April 1977. I read an interesting article he wrote about that momentous gig and the impact he felt the ... Read More
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Our Award-Winning Short Film, Clueless? Now On You Tube.

Our Award-Winning Short Film, Clueless? Now On You Tube.

2 years ago
Above Photo: Joy Villanueva, Byron Bishop, Peter Alan Lloyd and Sahajak Boonthanakit at the SOHO Film Festival closing party in New York (Copyright: John Nacion Imaging) I’m pleased to announce that we have finally loaded our award-winning short film, Clueless? onto You Tube. It runs for 11 minutes. Sahajak, Peter and Byron looking a little less refined on the set. ... Read More


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Life After The Sex Pistols: John Lydon Interview in 1978.

Life After The Sex Pistols: John Lydon Interview in 1978.

1 month ago
 Above Photo:  An early photo of John Lydon. I recently came across this interesting , short (6 minutes) video of John Lydon, who jettisoned the ‘Johnny Rotten’ tag after the Sex Pistols broke up, being interviewed by Janet Street-Porter. Lydon being interviewed by Janet Street-Porter. Shot in 1978, the interview is conducted in and around Covent Garden in London, where ... Read More An Exclusive 1980s Nightmares In Wax Rehearsal Track: Couldn’t Care Less.

An Exclusive 1980s Nightmares In Wax Rehearsal Track: Couldn’t Care Less.

7 months ago
Above Photo: Pete Burns and Mick Reid on guitar, in the Ullet Road rehearsal basement, Liverpool (© David Bailey). Back in the icy-cold winter of 1980, Liverpool band Nightmares in Wax was meeting every day to rehearse in a famous/infamous Liverpool rehearsal basement, in a dilapidated Victorian house at 8 Ullet Road. A few months later, the band would change ... Read More
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