™Vivienne Westwood/Malcolm Mclaren
It all started in the back of Chelsea clothes shop "Paradise Garage" at 430 Kings Road,Chelsea. Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren traded in 50's memorabiliaincluding clothes and records, after a few managerial problems the proprietor sold the entire shop to Mclaren. With new stock arriving from the United States they opened as ‘Let It Rock’ selling Teddy Boy and 50's clothes. The shop name was changed to ‘Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die’ in 1973 which specialised in Biker type clothes (Hells Angels),then came ‘Sex’ in 1974 adding bondage and fetish designs, ‘Seditionaries’ opened in 1977 selling expensive punk clothes and finally, from 1980 until the present ‘World’s End’.
430 Kings Road Chelsea
Walking the long distance of the Kings Road after shopping in Acme Attractions, Beaufort Market and various other outlets, I always remember having to pass a cinema on the way to SEX , half closing my eyes and running past as I was so scared of the posters outside which showed men in stockings and suspenders - It was the Rocky Horror Show .
It was almost as scary in the shop itself, what with all the fetish gear, and there stood Jordan,beehive hairdo,thick mascara and tight black clothes .But she was okay, not as intimidating as she looked.
Without meaning to sound like a perv, I'll never forget the wonderful smell of the shop (Rubber and Leather).
It was a genuinely life changing experience to visit this shop.
What? Make our own clothes.....
The Infamous William English photo's
You're gonna wake up one morning and know which side of the bed you've been sleeping on..
(Hates:) Television (not the group) / Mick Jagger / The Liberal Party / John Betjeman / George Melly Kenny & Cash / Michael Caine / Charles Forte / Sat nights in Oxford Street / SECURICOR impotence or complacency (slogan & Robert Carr) / Parking tickets / 19, Honey, Harpers, Vogue in fact all magazines that treat their readers as idiots / Bryan Ferry / Salvador Dali / A Touch of Class / BRUT for - who cares? / The Presidents Men / Lord Carrington / The Playboy Club / Alan Brien, Anthony Haden-Guest, Vic Lownes, to be avoided first thing in the morning / ANTIQUARIUS and all it stands for / Michael Roberts / POP STARS who are thick and useless / YES / Leo Sayer / David Essex / Top Of The Pops / Rod Stewart oh for money and an audience / Elton John - quote in NME 25 Sept re birthday spending / West End shopping / Stirling Cooper, Jean Junction, BROWNS, Take Six, C&A / Mars bars / Good Fun Entertainment when it's really not good or not funny Bemard Delfont / a passive audience / arse lickers / John Osborne Harry Pinter Max Bygraves Melvyn Bragg Philip Jenkinson the ICA and its symposiums John Schlesinger André Previn David Frost Peter Bogdanovich / Capital Radio / The Village Trousershop (sorry bookshop) / The narrow monopoly of media causing harmless creativity to appear subversive / THE ARTS COUNCIL / Head of the Metropolitan Police / Synthetic foods / Tate & Lyle / Corrupt councillors / G.K.N. / Grey skies / Dirty books that aren't all that dirty / AndyWarhol / Nigel Waymouth David Hockney & Victorianism / The Stock Exchange / Ossie Clark / The Rag Trade / E.L.P. / Antiques of any sort / Housing Trusts who profit by bad housing / Bianca Jagger / Fellini / John Dunbar / J. Artur's Tramps / Dingwalls without H / Busby Berkeley MOVIES / Sir Keith Joseph and his sensationell speeches / National Front / W.H. Smith / Censorship / Chris Welsh and his lost Melody Makers / Clockwork soul routines / Bob Harris (or the Sniffing Whistler as we know him) / The job you hate but are too scared to pack in / Interview magazine - Peter Lester / rich boys dressed es poor boys / Chelita Secunda, Nicky Weymouth, June Bolan, Pauline Fordham halitosis / Rose & Anne Lambton Chinless people / Antonia Frazer / Derek Marlow / Anne Scott-James / Sydney Edwards / Christopher Logue / Osbert Lancaster / Shaw Taylor - whispering grass / The Archers / BIBAS / Old clothes old ideas and all this resting in the country business / The suburbs / The Divine Light Mission / AII those fucking saints
(Loves:) Eddie Cochran / Christine Keeler / Susan 602 2509 / My monster in black lights / Raw Power / Society For Cutting Up Men / RUBBER Robin Hood Ronnie Biggs BRAZIL / Jamaican Rude Boys / Bamboo Records / Coffee bars that sell whisky under the counter / THE SCENE - Ham Yard / Point Blank / Monica the girl who stole those paintings / Legal Aid - when you can get it / Pat Arrowsmith / Valerie Solanis / The Price Sisters / Mervin Jones article The Challenge To Capitalism in New Statesman 4th Oct. 74 / Buenaventura Durutti The Black Hand Gang / Archie Shepp Muhammed Ali Bob Marley Jimi Hendrix Sam Cooke / Kutie Jones and his SEX PISTOLS / This country is run by a group of fascists so said Gene Vincent in a 1955 US radio interview / Seven Days with Alexander Cockburn / Olympia Press / Strange Death of Liberal England – Dangerfield / Mrs Scully love goddess from Shepherds Bush her house slaves and Search magazine / Labour Exchanges as your local / FREE RADIO stations / A chance to do it for more than a month without being ripped off / The Anarchist Spray Ballet / Lenny Bruce. / Joe Orton / Ed Albee / Pauslovsky / Iggy Pop / John Coltrane / Spunky James Brown / Dewey Redman / KING TUBBY'S sound system / Zoot suits and dreadlocks / Kilburn & the High Roads / Four Aces Dalston / Limbo 90 – Wolfe / Tiger Tiger – Bester / Bizarre Humphries / Woolf – Waves / Walt Whitman poet / Exupery, Simone de Beauvoir, Dashiell Hammett, Dave Cooper, Nick Kent, Carl Gayle writers / Mel Ramos painter / David Holmes the newsman / Mal Dean cartoonist / Guy Stevens records / Mal Huff funny stories / D.H. / Valve amps / Art Prince / Marianne Faithfull / Jim Morrison / Alex Trocchi – Young Adam / Patrick Heron v. The Tate Gallery and all those American businesslike painters / Lady Sinthia 908 5569 / Experiment with Time – Dunne / John Lacey and his boiled book v. St Martin's Art School experiment to be seen in New York. Imagination ....
Slogan on Anarchy shirt