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Art, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll… and Frieze isn’t even open yet

The rain might have been coming down in irregular gusts, making street-side queuing a less than glamourous affair, but it certainly did not dampen the spirits of those out on the art trail in the run up to Frieze week… And I was one of those water-logged specimens hot on the trail of creativity.

Last Tuesday was a full soirée that occupied a postage-stamp sized square of Shoreditch, from a photography exhibition in Redchurch Street via Pizza East and to a screening at Shoreditch House. The exhibition was a fantastic array of rock images of the ’70s and ’80s by Bob Gruen – some familiar – all fuelled with a hazy atmosphere of sex, drugs, high-heeled boots and very tight pants!  Particularly captivating photographs included Joan Jett staring straight down the lens, eyes black kohl rimmed and legs just apart, Joe Strummer disappearing down a hazy, rain slicked street or the Ramones from the New York subway in Queens.

The juxtaposition of these renowned anarchists yelling  from the walls set among the conservatively-suited guests straight from their desks was a little offbeat, but was helpfully aided by a number of old time rockers revealing their tell-tale struts across the room. My partner-in-crime for the evening was Ben Gooder who had done his own time living it up in New York in a band and even supporting the Rockats – represented on Tuesday by none other than stand-up bass player Smutty Smith who was full of tales of Andy Warhol and the Factory as well as Robert Mapplethorpe, that had my antennae stretched to the max. Also full of tales of the era – albeit tinged with a little squalor – was guitarist and singer Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, who told of his heroine-fuelled initiation into the band. Thankfully years later he managed to beat the habit and went on to Wall Street!  Ben, Walter, Smutty and Bob exchanged memories from gigs to hair products and I could do little but listen attentively.

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