100 Club Stories - Fred Perry / Ditto Publishing.
A celebration of the legendary 100 Club, a venue with as much character as the bands booked to play there and the music events organised through its 75 year history. Ditto have published this collection of anecdotes from the musicians, staff and punters; each unique story adds to the legend and myth. The 100 Club, launched in 1942 as the Feldman Swing Club, was frequented by GIs during the war, and by the stars of British and global jazz in the 1950s, including B.B. King and Muddy Waters. But it was in the 1970s that it became an iconic venue for the punk scene, hosting “the 100 Club Punk Special”. The event cemented punk as an idea and subculture.It wasn’t just incredible bands that emerged from this independent venue, but tribes of fans devoted to new ways of thinking. And of course, then there are the legendary and long running northern soul all-nighters.
The book features stories from everyone from club punters to internationally famous musicians, alongside archive imagery, much of it completely unseen prior to now. Case bound with a screen printed cover, coloured papers and special inks, this is a truly fitting artefact for one of the UK’s most beloved institutions (hardcover, new. 162 pages).