Strange: Punks and Drunks and Flicks and Kicks- Richard’s autobiography
“Strange is perhaps the only figure alive who has traversed so many art, music and performance movements. He can really understand the complex interplay between the elements of glamour, trash, provocation and outrage within British culture of the last 30 years. For anyone interested in such a theme, this is the least academic but the most intelligent and entertaining analysis one could hope to read of a London milieu whose ramifications and rewards extend across the Western world.”
“It’s hard to think of a fabulous party or gig in the past four decades this man didn’t make. Self-effacing and sharply witty. A master story teller makes you feel like an intimate friend as he takes you on a fantastical backstage tour of London’s throbbing, schizophrenic night lives. A must-read for rock wannabees.”
“This book is like taking an epic journey with a man driven by demons. So beautifully and sensitively written, it takes the reader through every aspect of Pop-Culture of the last thirty years. Beatlemania,Psychedelia, Punk, New Romantics, New Cabaret, Britart, The Theatre, “Batman” and “Gangs of New York”, Strange has been involved in them all, to a lesser or greater degree.
But it is not just the socio-cultural stuff that makes this book a “Must-Have”, it is simply one of the funniest books ever written too. Wanna know what Kim Basinger is REALLY like? Or The Sex Pistols? Or Princess Diana? Or what it’s like to work with Martin Scorsese?It’s ALL here! Buy it!”
There. Then. Now. Always: The long-lost, long-awaited Doctors of Madness full-length TV Documentary, now on DVD and available for the first time ever exclusively from this site.
Filmed with the band in 1975/76, it follows them on the road, in rehearsal, onstage and in the studio. Interviews, insights, highs and heartbreaks.
Songs featured include Out!, Waiting, B-Movie Bedtime, Marie and Joe and Billy Watch Out! among others.
25 minutes long. A real historical gem.
“If you have never heard the Doctors of Madness, you should. Musically they are the Velvet Underground, New York Dolls with shades of glam, hippie, prog and punk all rolled into one, yet are still totally original. Vastly underrated, they should have been huge. Pure genius.” Vic Reeves
“The Doctors of Madness-now THERE was a band” Simple Minds
“Best band I’ve ever seen or heard, simple as that, all these years later, the music takes me to a special place, no other band or act have ever come close….”
“Wow what an amazing DVD, absolute magic, well worth waiting….. over thirty five years for. Thank you Richard Strange !!!”
“Hi Richard, just received and watched There, then, now, always, bought as a surprise for me by a friend- thank you, so many great memories, and feeling of being young again!! Felt like walking down Wardour st again!! Haha,thank you once again…”
“Brilliant – this is fantastic. In 1976 I’d probably been to a handful of gigs. Having never heard or seen anything of them before DoM became the first band to totally blow me away. This video will be a step back 35 years … here we are the 50s kids on collision course with … it doesn’t bear thinking about.”
“Check this NEW documentary of the Doctors of Madness and Richard Syrange-my copy just arrived-awesome!!”
Here Come The Hard Goods Now: Compilation of Doctors of Madness and Richard Strange Live clips, Doctors of Madness on The Twiggy Show, Doctors of Madness in Japan, Old Grey Whistle Test, rare footage and videos.
DOCTORS OF MADNESS
Mainline Resistance is Low- The Doctors of Madness Live at Oundle School 1976
Just available from recently discovered tapes of this seminal Doctors of Madness gig.
The concert is over an hour long, and contains such favourites as Mainlines, Suicide City, Marie and Joe, Waiting, Billy Watch Out, Doctors of Madness and Waiting for The Man.
The Doctors of Madness at the peak of their groundbreaking powers.
Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms
Figments of Emancipation
Sons of Survival
Into The Strange- The Doctors of Madness Live
RICHARD STRANGE AND TV SMITH
Raw Meat For The Missionaries – Unreleased (1978)
The Live Rise of Richard Strange
The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange
Fools Rush In Where Angels fear to Tread
Richard Strange and The Engine Room
The Rest is Silence