Seventies culture: take a gawp at the wild side
November 2, 2011 | By:
Leee Black Childers’ London exhibition of 1970s counter-cultural portraits brings back memories of wham, bam, thank you ma’am

According to the author Peter Doggett, the sexual ambivalence of Seventies pop culture reflected an existential confusion in the world at large. He focused on the person of David Bowie, but if he wanted to supplement his evidence, he need only cite the photographs of Leee Black Childers (yes, that’s three ‘e’s).

Childers, a young gay man from Kentucky, arrived in New York in 1966, found acceptance in the drag-and-dope scene, found work in Andy Warhol’s Factory, and went on to achieve some distinction in the transatlantic demi-monde.

He produced Warhol’s play Pork, tour-managed Iggy Pop and David Bowie, and managed Johnny Thunder and the Heartbreakers, bringing them to Britain for the Sex Pistols’ infamous Anarchy in the UK tour. And all the time, he took pictures.

The results have been edited and assembled into an exhibition: Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pickpockets, Junkies, Rock Stars and Punks. It has been touring galleries for a couple of months and is now at Robert Pereno’s intriguing new Soho shop-cum-café, The Society Club, until Christmas.

Signed and dated prints are for sale and personal dedications can be arranged. For more information, email Karen Mitchell at karen@giraffe-ideaworks.co.uk. And for a complete nostalgia fest, dig out your old platform clogs, put ‘Sweet Jane’ on the turntable and mix yourself a Slow Comfortable Screw…

• The exhibition is at The Society Club, 12 Ingestre Place, W1F OJF. Phone 020 7437 1433. Visit The Society Club website