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New Romantics: from Billy's to the People's Palace - Sheila Rock


Rare and previously unpublished photos of
the London club scene in the late 70s and early
80s by Sheila Rock.

Sheila Rock came to London from the US at the start of the 1970s and became one of the first photographers to document the emerging punk and New Romantic scenes in London. She was introduced to the music scene by David Bowie when she accompanied her then husband Mick Rock on David Bowie’s first US tour. She went on the photograph some of the worlds’ most famous bands and performers. New Romantics features many previously unpublished photos taken at The Blitz, Billy’s and The People’s Palace – the London nightclubs which gave birth to the movement which influenced style and music for decades to come. "When I first came to Britain from America, London life was dreary and grey," she says. "But then came glam rock and after that punk, which was dark yet flamboyant in a different way. By the early 1980s, there was still no money around but there was a feeling of can-do optimism and freedom. The people at the Blitz, the club in Covent Garden, were the movers and shakers of the New Romantic era and I was fascinated by them."

2 posters and 2 bookmarks included 
Moonboy, 2023
Softcover, 176pp
240 x 170mm
Limited edition of 800 copies

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