I have some great shows coming up over the next few weeks.
Very much looking forward to seeing friends and fans in London. Brighton and Birmingham
London Dublin Castle –
January 16th 7.30 Rock and Roll Book Club.
February 4th 8.00 The Eight O’Clock Rock Chat
with Julia Parsons
Birmingham The Kitchen Garden Cafe-
February 13th 8.00 The Eight O’Clock Rock Chat
with Julia Parsons
These informal fun events are based around my book, “Strange- Punks and Drunks and Flicks and Kicks” and will include stories, songs, film clips, gossip and Q and A
“Doctors of Madness’ Richard Strange – a luminary of rock culture – brings wonderful stories, engaging gossip, music and film clips to Komedia. Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, William Burroughs, Johnny Rotten, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Capaldi are amongst some of the people he has worked with during his career as a musician, actor, nightclub host, composer and journalist, regularly contributing to The Guardian and Vogue and appearing in films Batman, Harry Potter, Gangs of New York and Robin-Hood Prince of Thieves. An amusing romp through the last 30 years… a fascinating and unusual evening.”
The press have been kind-
The Independent: “A seminal figure at the crossroads of art, music, film and counter-culture”
The Tatler: “Richard Strange passes the kool acid test with psychedelic colours”
Esquire: “A hilarious romp through the last 30 years of Pop Culture, as charming and amusing as the man himself”
Time Out: “This extraordinary memoir is gloriously indiscreet”
and so have the audiences:
“Richard Strange’s Doctors of Madness were amongst the first bands I saw, they were out there, a dramatic British beat generation band, most influential. I had no idea what amazing adventures had befallen him since then until this week at his fabulously entertaining show at Kardomah94”.
“Surely no artist, living or dead, can count among his collaborators WILLIAM BURROUGHS, FRANK ZAPPA, GAVIN BRYARS, TIM BURTON, ROBERT WILSON, TOM WAITS, MARTIN SCORSESE, HARMONY KORINE, SARAH JANE MORRIS, PETER CAPALDI, DAMON ALBARN, CRISTINA, AND JARVIS COCKER.
“What an amazing life- Thank you for sharing it with us in your show”.
“Great night…and that Alone Again Or moment was pure magic”
“I thought it was brilliant, and everyone I have spoken to was smitten”
“Now I’m feeling jealous”.
“What a show- what a life!”
“Marie and Joe was lovely. I wish I’d filmed it”
“What an enjoyable night. Yes…you MUST do it again here”.
“I could have listened to his stories all night”.
“It was extraordinary to sit back and be both intellectually stimulated and entertained”.
“Just to say a big thank you for a great show last night. I enjoyed every moment, particularly your virtuoso performance. I won’t say it was a revelation to me as I had seen and heard enough of your wide-ranging career to know what to expect. But I was astonished by the way you brought the many facets together so effortlessly; the riveting film clips, the narrative, the humour – and of course your voice and your music, all contributed to make it an evening to remember.”
Happy New Year to all friends, fans and followers!!
I hope 2019 will bring light to these Dark Times.
I am delighted to let you all know that, in January, The Doctors
of Madness return to the recording studio with world-renowned
record producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses, XTC,
Simple Minds etc…etc.) to record a brand new album of brand
new material. Hoping to release in Spring 2019.
Watch this Space
Since the band was first unleashed on an uncomprehending public in 1975, Strange has been a Zelig-like figure whose presence has been felt in every corner of London’s cultural life. He founded the hugely influential mixed-media Cabaret Futura in 1980, and has subsequently worked as a musician, writer and actor.
His numerous movie appearances include Batman by Tim Burton, Mona Lisa by Neil Jordan, and Gangs of New York by Martin Scorsese. He can be seen in the Harmony Korine movie Mr Lonely, playing the part of Abraham Lincoln, and he recently filmed the last episode of Harry Potter.
Throughout 2004-7 Richard worked with Marianne Faithfull on the Tom Waits/William Burroughs/Robert Wilson collaboration “The Black Rider”, performing in theatres in London, San Francisco, Sydney and Los Angeles.
In 2009 he was part of Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown Festival, at the RFH, in an evening of songs from Walt Disney movies, and in 2010 performed with the producer/arranger Hal Wilner in Brooklyn and at The Barbican, alongside such luminaries as David Byrne, Tim Robbins, Steve Buscemi, Shane McGowan and Suzanne Vega.
Richard’s memoir “Strange- Punks and Drunks and Flicks and Kicks”, was published to critical acclaim by Andre Deutsch in 2005.