Cold Lips is the print-first magazine, with events internationally, founded by writer Kirsty Allison (she performs as Vagrant Lovers), and edits the arts on DJMag.
"I've got drawers full of archive - and wanted to share them," she says about this series of conversations with all manner of iconoclasts.
TIME OUT: "Proving bookish folk are the coolest folk…the literary fashion zine"
Dr John Cooper Clarke: "artistic & fabulous"
Le Cool: "the scruffy literary mag"
Photographer, Martyn Goodacre is perhaps best known for his iconic shots of Kurt Cobain. But in his first book publication, WHOS FUCKIN PLANET, limited to 100 editions, with a belly band lino cut by Kirsty Allison (available on www.coldlips.co.uk), he tells the story of free land before the Criminal Justice Act (1994), and how music led to him squatting the Fire Station on the Old Kent Road, which hosted early gigs for Psychic TV, Jesus & Mary Chain and many more.
In this meeting in Berlin's Neukölln, following the opening of his exhibition curated by Stephanie Hamer, he and Cold Lips' editor, the writer and performer, Kirsty Allison, catch up on a few more LIFE details.
Berlin legend, Mark Reeder - moved from working class Manchester in the late 70s, to rep Factory Records, and put on illegal punk gigs in East Berlin, which led to him being recruited as a GDR producer, after being grassed by Stasi friends. In the seminal film, B-Movie - he explores the 80s in Berlin, but here he speaks candidly to Kirsty Allison about his McLaren-type Svengali effect on subculture, shaping the sound of New Order, trance in the 90s, and how he's currently impacting China with his new act, Stolen.
Edited by Sebastian Bowden
Recorded on the rooftop of The Union Club in London's Soho, accompanied by martinis, before a Polaroid session, which adorned the second edition of Cold Lips, prior to headlining the legendary launch party at Hoxton's Courtyard Theatre in 2016, the mighty Dr John Cooper Clarke raps with Cold Lips' founder and editor, Kirsty Allison
Artwork by Luke McLean
Edited by Sebastian Bowden
TRICKY IS THE OLD SCHOOL OVERLORD OF BRITISH HIP-HOP - his new book Hell Is Around The Corner is out now - and it is splendid.
It's rare to meet iconoclasts on the level of Tricky - born Adrian Thaws - mother dying of suicide/epilepsy at 4 - and it’s an honour to learn and be infected by people like this.
I’m a huge fan, and I remember first meeting him for DJMag in a flat, opposite Sketch, he answered the door in a white dressing gown, and I was in a bluesman palace - with as much dope as a Howard Marks' green room.
The other time I interviewed him was for the BBC, he took me on a golf buggy all around the back of a festival before flaming up a dressing room, and doing a hypnotising performance on the level of Iggy Pop.
You can read the feature I wrote on kirstyallison.com. BUT GET ON THE BOOK. HERE IS HIS COMMS CENTRE: http://www.trickysite.com/