Billy Idol and Vivien Goldman

I woke up at the Piettes.

I made Max some breakfast.   Sausage and egg.

After some confusion, half of us (we left Lily and Hannah at home) set off for the Eat Well festival in Culver City.

We ate well then headed to Toby Mott‘s Punk Art show at Honor Fraser‘s gallery.  Like the Haunch of Venison show in London, Honor organized a panel as a pre opening treat.

The punk panel included Billy Idol, Simon Reynolds (author) Vivien Goldman (NYU punk Professor), Garder Eide Einarsson (artist) and Toby Mott (old friend and curator).

The event made one feel very nostalgic.  I kept on thinking, gosh…I was there.  I was alive, going to gigs, Michael Temple dragging me up to Liverpool to Eric’s where I saw everybody perform.

Elvis Costello, The Clash, Joy Division, The Ramones, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stranglers, Ultravox, X-Ray Spex.

Thank you Michael Temple for dragging me away from Ellesmere and my comfortable inertia.

I had a lovely time.  I like galleries.  I like Toby.  I like Honor.  I like the past.

I set up the video for them and wandered around with my phone shooting supplementary material.

Duncan and Anna

Al Pacino and Jeffrey Deitch in attendance.  Artists fawning over the latter.

“He’s the most powerful man in art.”  Toby said.  I was shocked.  Really?

Vivien Goldman and Honor Fraser