Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Poly Styrene RIP
Sad to hear of the death today of Marianne Elliott-Said better known as Poly Styrene of great first generation punk band X-Ray Spex. Born in Bromley, I remember that she lived in Dulwich in the 1990s.
This film of the band playing their song Identity in 1978 appears to have been filmed in Andrew Logan's warehouse space on Bankside by the south end of Tower Bridge - you can see one of Logan's trademark mirror pieces on the stage. In the 1970s this was a semi-derelict area where Logan held his famous Alternative Miss World parties and his neighbour Derek Jarman made films. Today the refurbished Butler's Wharf is full of expensive eateries, luxury flats and offices. Sadly, punks no longer clamber over its rooftops. But the spirit of Poly (and indeed of the late Derek Jarman) will never be erased.