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80s Heroes-1, Elms's tales from the Blitz

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Uploaded on Nov 7, 2011

"One of the most exciting times imaginable," says ex-Blitz Kid Robert Elms of the 80s clubbing scene. He says teenage naivety then: "Nobody did it for the money. That is a really important part of the message of that time, now when everyone thinks everything is done for money. It was done for the love of the culture you were creating and the love of the people around you."

These mostly unseen photos celebrate the UK's vibrant music, style and nightlife scene between 1976 and 1984, which gave rise to the New Romantic movement, the generation of clubbing heroes the media dubbed the Blitz Kids.

Here we see the launch of an exhibition of 80s photos by Graham Smith at The Society Club, London, on Nov 4, 2011.

See also - 80s Heroes-2, Sullivan's tales from the Blitz - http://youtu.be/pH-r1aHuDzA

The 320-page coffee-table book contains 400 photographs and 100 voxpop interviews by Graham Smith, with main text by Chris Sullivan, other contributions from Robert Elms, Boy George, Steve Strange and Gary Kemp. Visit the publisher http://Unbound.co.uk to place your order for We Can Be Heroes and secure your name in the limited first edition. The authors aim to hit an advance sales target by this new "crowd-funding" technique in order to guarantee publication.

All black-and-white photographs in this video are © 2011 Graham Smith / grsmith@mac.com ... for sale until Christmas at The Society Club, London W1F 0JF

First of two videos © 2011 Shapersofthe80s.com ... The track Klacto Vee Sed Stein © 1982 by Blue Rondo à la Turk, led by Chris Sullivan

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books, photography, Swinging 80s, "New Romantics", "Blitz Kids", "Boy George", "Steve Strange", "Robert Elms", "Gary Kemp", Visage, "Spandau Ballet" , "We Can Be Heroes", "Wag Club", "Blitz Club", "Graham Smith", "Chris Sullivan", "Unbound Publishing"

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