Remembering Leee Black Childers


-Leee Black Childers

From Andy Warhol’s The Factory and Max’s Kansas City to The Chelsea Hotel and The Anarchy Tour, Leee has been eye-witness to the musicians and artists that defined a generation and made a major impact on the generation that would follow.  

He said ‘I loved all of those self-destructive people because you can’t change them.  So you have to make the decision to except them for who they are.’

We remember the life and legacy of Leee Black Childers, who passed away over the weekend.   He was a bright light that captured other bright lights brilliantly and it’s through his wit and genuine love for his friends that we know just a little bit more about those Warholian creations; Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling.   He championed them – and championed others like Iggy, Bowie, Johnny Thunders, Wayne/Jayne County, Debbie, Patti – and through his photography we’ve come to understand what a magic time that was NYC/London in the 1970s.    It was a time when drag-queens ruled lower Manhattan and a little bar called CBBG’s let newcomers like Blondie own the stage.   It’s an era gone now and with the passing of Leee, we’ve lost another beautiful superstar.

Rest easy, dearest Leee …



How to Behave in Public



A half-day workshop for published and soon-to-be-published authors with Jo Unwin

You’ve written the best book you could possibly write.
Now you want people to buy it.

 Whether you’re talking about your book at the pub to a friend, or you’re trying to entice an agent, you need to know how to talk about it effectively.
Whether you’re reading aloud at a literary event, or you’re asked to promote it on the radio, you need to know how make your book sound not just good, but irresistible.

The day will cover essential topics – all aimed towards making you the best ‘public person’ possible.   Including:

1 • THE PITCH:  What is a pitch?  How can you distil your hard-wrought 80,000 words into just a few words that will MAKE PEOPLE WANT TO BUY THE BOOK.

2 • BEING INTERVIEWED:  Your book’s published and you’ve been invited to talk about it on the radio or at a festival – how can you make best use of the few minutes you have to really sell your book.

3 • READING ALOUD:  How to make people sit up and take notice.  Conquer your fear of public speaking.  How to engage the audience.
Don’t waste an opportunity to get people to WANT TO BUY THE BOOK.

All these topics and more will be covered on the day. Sign-up now, space limited to 20.


2pm – 6pm

£95 per person
Coffee/Tea/Soft Drinks/Wine will be provided along with light snacks


Jo Unwin is a Literary Agent with twenty five years experience in theatre and television, as both a writer and an actress.  This year she set up Jo Unwin Literary Agency, and her real love is discovering new talent. In this workshop she’ll help you maximize your chances of being both discovered and memorable.


Guerilla Night

A Carnival Of The Flesh

Guerilla Night

New Book Launched – Guest Readings – introduction to New Guerilla philosophy – cocktails & camaraderie 

Come along and unmask, let that ‘prepared’ face go. We don’t ask money on the door, only that you go home with a BOOK. Prices range from £1.50 – £squillions

When: Tuesday 11th February from 19:00

NICK VALENTINE author of CLUBS, DRUGS AND CANAPES: A Deep Journey Into the Shallows of the Night

One Man.  5,000 Parties.

 Clubs, Drugs and Canapés cover

The Society Club welcomes NICK VALENTINE author of CLUBS, DRUGS AND CANAPES: A Deep Journey Into the Shallows of the Night

Saturday, November 23rd


The Society Club, 12 Ingestre Place, Soho W1F0JF



‘Nick Valentine, the indefatigable prince of the London party scene’ (Roger Taylor)


Clubs, Drugs and Canapés traces Nick Valentine’s story; just a suburban bloke who has blagged, lucked and laughed his way into just about every party, club, stage and hot-tub imaginable.

Introduced to the world of celebrity at an impressionable age when Steve Currie, bass player with the legendary T. Rex, moved in to Nick’s family home, Nick was star-struck and knew he too belonged on stage. He made his musical debut two weeks later despite making Sid Vicious sound like a virtuoso.

Nick then sailed through his teenage years and twenties as a paste-up artist, journalist, musician and DJ until he eventually banked in the shallows of canapé central,  attended over 5,000 parties and drunk enough champagne to test the Thames Barrier.  An enterprising period acting as a social PR further led to this self-confessed dilettante, co-founding entertainment news and co-founding three London nightclubs, including the much lauded, The Cuckoo Club. With the West End as his nocturnal playground, Nick then bid sleep a final fond farewell.

This account is a surprisingly touching look at the mechanics of enjoying life to the max. If Adrian Mole and Janis Joplin had a bastard love-child, his name might very well be Nick Valentine.

Books will be available on the night for purchase and signing

Exciting News

Exciting times for us – we are CLOSED in September for some much-needed re-do’s at The Society Club.   We’ll be back open the first week in October where you can expect more seating and more bookcases and a proper working downstairs!    Can’t wait.
We are also scheduling our Fall events – so check back for dates/times for music, poetry, readings, photographer talks and various entertaining nights…
Also – in big news – we are in the process of publishing Violet’s memoirs this Fall – ‘Good Times in Soho’ will be launched at The Society Club this December.   A limited edition of 500 will be printed …
And … a brand-new website will be launched, too!    And Babette and Seki have both promised to start blogging.
All good news.  xoxo


Bouncer throwing out Tariq Siddiqi


Exploring Soho in all its glory, photographer Dafydd Jones captures an unposed Soho in his new show ‘Soho Moments’. Noted for his magazine editorial and paparazzi shots, Jones is the modern master of the behind-the-scenes party photos of the famous and infamous, fabulous and obscure. From street scenes to party girls, private moments at private clubs to The Queen, Jones has the uncanny ability to focus his camera at the exact second to grab the moment. In these shots of Soho, Jones focuses his camera not only recognizable faces, but also Soho itself, creating a new spotlight and story unlike you’ve seen before.

‘We are thrilled with the opportunity to showcase one of our favourite photographers, Dafydd Jones, at the newly remodelled The Society Club. On the cusp of celebrating our two year anniversary as a bookstore, gallery and cocktail bar, we can think of no one better to capture the spirit of Soho – and the parties Soho inspires – than Dafydd Jones’ -Babette Kulik and Carrie Kania, The Society Club

Soho Moments: Photography by Dafydd Jones runs at London’s new The Society Club from October 17th.

All photography is available for purchase, framed and unframed, in auditioned prints. Photography can be purchased directly at The Society Club or through our website at

Dafydd Jones has worked for nearly every magazine in the UK and internationally, including Tatler, Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, Paper, Telegraph and Evening Standard. His work has been exhibited in numerous gallery’s including the National Portrait Gallery and features prominently at Tatler’s upcoming exhibition of the 50 best party pictures of the past 50 years at Annabel’s in Berkley Square as well as in a pop-up exhibition at the ICA this Fall.

The Society Club, ‘A bookshop with style’ (Tea Time in Wonderland) is located in Soho, London with the intention of bringing ‘the best of all possible
things’ to the forefront. The Society Club aims to promote culture, style and literature through select events and exhibits over an extensive cocktail menu.
The Society Club has been honoured to host exhibits by photographers Bob Carlos Clarke, Derek Ridgers, formento+formento, John Stoddart, Chas Ray Krider as
well as iconic photographer Leee Black Childers and the debut exhibit of Scarlett Carlos Clarke. The Society Club was featured as The Cult Shop in FT’s
How to Spend It, named by The Guardian as a favourite independent bookshop, a best drinking spot in The Telegraph and One of London’s Most Interesting Shops
via CNN