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Richard Strange’s One Man Show

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“An Accent Waiting To Happen”

A collection of songs, stories, reading, film clips and downright scurrilous gossip, from a man who has been a major cultural influence in Britain since 1975. A man who, uniquely, has worked as a musician, performance artist, composer, writer, actor, curator and educator.

With support from the wonderful golden-voiced Lily Bud.

Price: £10.00

“In my Version of Rock History, Richard Strange looms a lot larger than Pete Townsend”
Paul Morley

“18 years after first meeting him, just thinking about Richard still reduces me to a state of near hysteria…and terror. He restores one’s faith in the ability of the human spirit to soar.”
James Nesbitt

 

“Strange must surely be the funniest man in London…It is impossible to spend any time within his looming majesty without being engulfed in gales of health-inducing mirth and a sense of fraternal bohemian bonhomie long lost to our crassly commercial times.”
Adrian Dannatt

 

“If you have never heard (Richard Strange’s band) 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

 

“When Ziggy shagged all of Amon Duul 2 at the Berlin premiere of “A Clockwork Orange”, their divine progeny was undoubtedly Richard “Kid” Strange”
Julian Cope

 

“Strange is perhaps the only figure alive who has traversed so many art, performance and music movements. He can really understand the complex interplay between the elements of glamour, trash, provocation and outrage within British culture for the last 30 years. This book is the least academic, but most intelligent and entertaining analysis one could hope to read of a very specific London milieu, whose ramifications and rewards extend across the Western world.”
The Art Newspaper

“A seminal figure at the crossroads of art, music, film and counter-culture”
The Independent

“hilarious romp through the last 30 years of Pop Culture, as charming and amusing as the man himself”
Esquire

“This extraordinary memoir is gloriously indiscreet”
Time Out

“Strange is a cultured, gregarious chap who moves through London’s gilded salons observing his peers’ foibles. He observes the glitterati with a witty eye.”
Mojo

“What a life!”
Robert Elms

“An extraordinary memoir of an extraordinary life”
Jools Holland

“A good read. Wonderfully funny and well written.”
George Melly

“A fantastic read. Wit and truth writ large.”
Peter Curran

“The Doctors of Madness were the best! Blue hair, sequinned eyelids, a guitar that spelled out “KID”, space-age vaudeville that tipped this 16-year old kid over the edge! One of the most original songwriters & performers of my generation.”
Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

“Richard Strange is a diamond geezer”
Shane McGowan

“Richard is the best gargoyle in town”
Sam Taylor-Wood

“Richard Strange can do most things with a maniacal twist, and most cleverly, with unmatched originality: he can sing, write songs, he can act, he can show off like a six year old and he has the most dangerous sense of hilarity, sustainable in moments of deepest solemnity.”
James Fox (White Mischief, Keith Richards etc)

Only London show this year
Vout-O-Reenees
The Crypt Below the Church
30 Prescot Street
London E1 8BB

RS2STOP PRESS : A date for your diaries.

Delighted and excited to announce SOHO RISING -THE MUSES INVADE MANETTE STREET, a unique one-off performance by Urban Blitz and myself of a selection of Doctors of Madness songs “unplugged”, with the participation of my favourite poet Jeremy Reed and Ginger Light, and the golden voice of Lily Bud.

The show will take place at London’s loveliest venue, The House of St Barnabas, Greek Street, Soho on Tuesday 3rd October from 7.30. Tickets are very limited (fewer than 100) due to the intimate nature of the chapel, so they will be on as first come, first served basis.

I am very much looking forward to returning to HoSB for the first time since I interviewed Marc Almond there as part of my A Mighty Big If series of talks a couple of years ago.

In keeping with Doctors of Madness policy of pegging admission fees for our shows at realistic prices, the tickets will be just £10.00.

Hoping to see many of our friends and fans there for this unique occasion. Please book early to avoid disappointment from http://bit.ly/SohoRising

 

LATEST:  SEE REVIEW OF THIS GIG IN GONZO WEEKLY ISSUE 255/6 PP 77-81  

http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

 

 

Richard Strange will be performing in various places and

in various formats over the next 3 months.

SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 7.30  THE NORWICH ARTS CENTRE, NORWICH

NOIRWICH: Anybody anywhere near Norwich should go and witness this spectacle on Saturday 16th September. Introduced by Queen of Noir author Cathi Unsworth and with James Johnston and Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey etc etc providing the musical backing, it’ll be as unnerving as hell. Richard Strange narrates.

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER  THE HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS, SOHO, LONDON

SOHO RISING- THE MUSES INVADE MANETTE STREET.

RICHARD AND URBAN BLITZ PLAY A SELECTION OF DOCTORS OF MADNESS SONGS UNPLUGGED, WITH JEREMY REED, GINGER LIGHT AND LILY BUD

(tickets from http://bit.ly/SohoRising)

SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER      SALÃO BRASIL, COIMBRA ,PORTUGAL

WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER    KARDOMAH, HULL

THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER      THE CASTLE INN, MANCHESTER

SATURDAY 25TH NOVEMBER    KUNST GALLERY, BELPER, DERBY

TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER   THE MUSICIAN, LEICESTER

RICHARD PERFORMS HIS ONE MAN SHOW, “AN ACCENT WAITING TO HAPPEN”, FEATURING SONGS, STORIES, FILM CLIPS AD READINGS FROM HIS MEMOIRS 

(tickets £9.00 https://www.wegottickets.com/event/409994)

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“18 years after first meeting him, just thinking about Richard still reduces me to a state of near hysteria…and terror.  He restores one’s faith in the ability of the human spirit to soar.”

James Nesbitt

“In my version of Rock History, the name Richard Strange figures much larger than Pete Townshend”

Paul Morley

“Strange must surely be the funniest man in London…It is impossible to spend any time within his looming majesty without being engulfed in gales of health-inducing mirth and a sense of fraternal bohemian bonhomie long lost to our crassly commercial times.”

Adrian Dannatt, The Art Newspaper

THERE WILL ALSO BE A DOCTORS OF MADNESS

UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR IN MARCH 2018.

Richard Strange and the Doctors of Madness take to the road in May and June 2017 for a string of live dates, celebrating the release by Cherry Red Records of “Perfect Past- The Complete Doctors of Madness” a 3 x CD complete works, with extra bonus tracks, demos and live recordings by the band..

This is the band’s first UK tour since 1978!

The press has been phenomenal, and Richard has appeared on Jools Holland’s Radio 2 Doctors of Madness Special (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08pvvll)

and on Robert Elms’s Listed Londoner on BBC Radio London (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p051ngl3),

alongside appearances on Resonance FM, Portobello Radio, Soho Radio, Harborough Radio, Radio Scarborough and Planet Rock.

The Guardian did a two page feature on the band, calling them “The Missing Link between David Bowie and the Sex Pistols”.

(https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/19/doctors-of-madness-punk)

Their sell out gig at The Lexington, London last week was testament to the power, potency and relevance of their music, 40 years on

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Full list of dates below. Please come and say Hi.

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This Spring/Summer Richard will be on the Programming Committees of a couple of exciting events-

The Portobello Live! Music and Performance Festival in London’s Notting Hill,

on Sunday May 1st and Monday May 2nd

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The Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane, London. Sunday June 12th

https://www.facebook.com/TheArtCarBootFair/?fref=ts

The Art Car Boot Fair, Hastings. Opposite The Jerwood Art Gallery Space. Saturday July 16th

Latest news on the William Burroughs Film

The WILLIAM BURROUGHS/DOCTORS OF MADNESS FILM

A few stills from the film

Doctors Joe and Richard Always back to Paris

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott sings with The Doctors of Madness

 

Jeremy Reed Burroughs harpist 10

Bjork and Peter Docherty’s favourite poet Jeremy Reed

Coulter and Rochford 11

David Coulter and Seb Rochford

 

Burroughs Gun 5

Richard Durden as William Burroughs in the

Richard Strange/Gavin Bryar’s cantata 

LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS FROM OUTER SPACE

It’s time to start editing the film of LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS FROM OUTER SPACE  the William Burroughs event I curated at Queen Elizabteh Hall, London to commemorate the writer’s centenary.  With director/writer/producer Neville Farmer and editor David Lewis now onboard, I have two extraordinarily gifted and experienced film people…our editor David Lewis was the long time go-to editor for the late Derek Jarman  and Neville has worked extensively in both TV and music.

I was lucky enough to work with Tom Waits, Marianne Faithfull and Robert Wilson on the stage musical The Black Rider a couple of years back, in London, Los Angeles, Sydney and San Francisco, and this film is a companion piece to that wonderful experience. As an actor I have worked with directors as diverse as Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese, Harmony Korine and Sally Potter, and my 1970s band Doctors of Madness has been cited by artists  from The Sex Pistols and Simple Minds to Spiritualized and Julian Cope as being a huge influence. I have also been invited to curate art evnts for The Tate Gallery and The International Festival of Live Art…So you will understand that I am here for the long haul!

I am very excited and inspired by the wonderful contributions I had to LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS FROM OUTER SPACE   –my collaborators included Gavin Bryars, Gavin Turk, Sarah Jane Morris, Rupert Thomson, Luca Silvestrini, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, The Doctors of Madness, Seb Rochford, Kate St John, Anni Hogan, David Coulter, Terry Edwards, Jeremy Reed and Ginger Light, Bill Nelson, Haroon Mirza, Raf and O, Lloyd Owen, Jamie Lynne Griffiths and many many others.

An interview to give you some background to the event can be found here:

http://dontdoitmag.co.uk/2014/10/2077/#more-2077

We need some money, (not a ridiculous amount…less than $10,000, some of which I already have in place), to complete the project to broadcast and cinema release standard. All the filming is done, and the footage looks amazing. It is just an editing job from here.

We are hoping the finished film will be offered to TV Arts programmers, Cinema and theatre release as well as DVD.

If you are able to help, please get in touch here

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/language-is-a-virus-from-outer-space-a-cut-up–2/x/8119640#/

We can offer credits/deals/rewards etc.

Many thanks


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