The Other London Club Scene

Digital-age publishers of ‘superfast’ books, IDEA has tapped photographer Derek Ridgers for its latest softcover edition. Limited to 1000 copies, The Others showcases 100 of Ridgers’ now-vintage images of the outrageous (and decidedly less so) London club scene — The Blitz, Le Beat Route, The Mud Club — of the 1980s.

The title was the name of the folder on Ridgers’ desktop, labeling these images as unpublished, but could just as easily describe those pictured. “They are not all punks or skinheads or new romantics,” he says. “They are the others.”

The foreword, by nightlife denizen Richard Habberly, offers more choice tidbits. “At Taboo, doorman Mark Vaultier would hold up a gilt vanity mirror to the face of anyone who asked why they couldn’t get in and say ‘That’s why!’ When Steve Strange turned Mick Jagger away at Blitz, the line was drawn between the establishment and ‘The Others.’”

The Others is the fourth book published by IDEA this year, following Collier Schorr’s Contacts, Willy Vanderperre’s 635, and Gosha Rubchinskiy’s Youth Hotel.

Launching November 12 at the Comme des Garçons Trading Museum in Paris, available the next day exclusively at Dover Street Market London and New York, Marc Jacobs’ Bookmarc and online at IDEA books.


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