For my birthday last year Tom bought me the book, Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk. The exhibition that it accompanies ended this weekend just gone so I dragged Tom across town to Somerset House so I could see the photos for myself.
Chris Stein was a prolific photography and being a co-founder of Blondie allowed him access to a certain level of the New York punk scene that the average photographer couldn’t necessarily capture.
Needless to say, Debbie Harry was the subject of most of the images. They also featured a lot of Stein’s friends, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Runaways and The Ramones to name just a handful. My favourite photo of the whole exhibition was one of David Bowie and Debbie Harry. Apparently, and unsurprisingly, Bowie was very cautious of people taking his photograph. Always aware of the image he wanted to portray. I know a few people who could do with thinking a bit more like this (do you know what I mean?! Ha.)
It took us about an hour to get around the relatively small exhibition but I definitely could have taken an awful lot longer wandering around time and time again.
Sadly, you can’t go and see it in Somerset House anymore but I definitely advise you to pick up the book to have a look at, especially if you’re a fan of Blondie and/or the New York punk scene. I know Tom has a particular fondness for CBGB related stories. So, even though he isn’t particularly a Blondie fan, as such, he still enjoyed it.
Debbie Harry is one of my heroes. As you’ll be able to see on this Pinterest board I have. She features quite a lot.
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Did you go to see the Chris Stein exhibition? What did you think?
I’ve been to a few Judy’s Vintage Fairs in the past and come away with a couple of bits and bobs but mostly I just enjoy the mooch around. The Vintage Furniture Flea is my favourite but a couple of weekends ago Tom and I wandered down to our old stomping ground of Bethnal Green to have a look at the Vintage Kilo Sale.
I’ve never been to a kilo sale before and didn’t really know what to expect. When we arrived at about midday there was a lot of empty space on the rails so who knows what we’d missed out on. I guess the old adage of the early bird catching the worm is definitely true in this case.
Despite all this though we managed to find a couple of gems (which I plan to share in another post soon.) You have to be ready to go digging at these sales as in amongst the rails are rummage bins full of all sorts of goodies. It’s in these bins I actually found my items. Also, people have a tendency to grab everything that takes their fancy then take all the items to the side of the room to inspect and try on. So it’s always worth a rummage through the piles on the floor too. You never know, someone may have just discarded a gem. As with all vintage clothing there was some that had pulls and marks on that I knew I couldn’t fix myself so a couple of items had to go back in the bin. *Sad face*
I think we got about five items in the end. Three for me and two for Tom, if I remember correctly. All in all it weighed a kilo and a half and cost us £20! What a brilliant bargain. I’m already excited for the next kilo sale and I’ll be making sure I’m there with the early birds next time.
Have you been shopping like this before? What do you think of it? Willing to give it a try?