Monday, 3 October 2011


"Of the New Romantic moment I have always said, "It was all Bowie's fault", but factor in Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, Quentin Crisp, Sally Bowles, and a whole daisychain of others who made us dream of a magical world without rules where there really was a wizard behind the curtain."
Boy George, interviewed in The Guardian

Graham Smith was a self-confessed "enthusiastic amateur photographer" at that time, yet managed nevertheless to perfectly capture the New Romantic era of the early 80s in his black and white snaps.

Now he plans a book that promises to bring all these memories together in one place. Of course, first he will need donations to get it published:

Alongside over 500 fantastic photographs from the era the book has forewords from Gary Kemp, Boy George and Steve Strange, an introduction by Robert Elms and text by Chris Sullivan. To contribute to the publication of We Can Be Heroes, visit


  1. I am simply mad about the Boy...

    Please shoot me your snail mail address so that I can send you little bits of flotsam & jetsam from the states.

  2. Stephen - I have emailed you my details. I always look forward to discovering some new flotsam and jetsam...

    Thom - I guessed you might! :-)



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