In celebration of the legendary 100 Club, a London venue with as much character as the bands booked to play there, Fred Perry and Ditto are releasing a book of anecdotal stories from its 75-years history. From the musicians who played there through to the bar staff and the customers they served, each unique story adds to the legend and myth of this celebrated club.
The 100 Club, launched in 1942 as the Feldman Swing Club, was frequented by GIs during the war, and by the stars of British and global jazz in the 1950s, including BB King and Muddy Waters. But it was in the 1970s when it became an iconic venue for the punk scene, hosting ‘the 100 Club Punk Special’, an event which featured the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Clash, Buzzcocks and The Damned. This event cemented punk as an idea and subculture.
However, it wasn’t just incredible bands that emerged from this independent venue but also tribes of fans devoted to new ways of thinking. ‘100 Club Stories’ is published this summer, with various digital activations and events throughout the club’s 75th anniversary year. The book does not only feature stories from everyone ranging from club punters to internationally famous musicians, but also archive images which have never been seen before.
100 Club Stories
European distributor: Antenne
162pp Offset litho
Edition of 1000