New in the Shop: Contemporary French Poetry from 1912

Today I priced our new selection of rare books, including this gorgeous hardback edition of Contemporary French Poets published in 1912.   Including poets Arthur Rimbaud and Albert Samain.

“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.”
-Arthur Rimbaud


Contemporary French Poets Rimbaud etc Walter Scott publishing 1912

Derek Ridgers: Un/Seen

Private view of ‘Unseen’ by leading photographer Derek Ridgers

Compiling classic portraits from the career of famed photographer Derek Ridgers, ‘Un/Seen’ captures the unique quality each and every subject matter exudes. From a young Nick Cave to a classic Iggy Pop stage shot, Ridgers has been one of the leading photographers documenting the music and club/street culture over the last thirty-five years.

‘Un/Seen’ pulls together 30 definitive photos from The Derek Ridgers archive and is a mixture of portrait, bands, documentary and live shots. Featuring photos of Mick Jagger, Morrissey, The Cramps, David Lynch, JG Ballard, Keith Richards, Leigh Bowery and Tom Waits.

Derek Ridgers is an established and well-known English photographer. He has worked for such newspapers and magazines like NME, The Face, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, Time Out and Loaded. His photography was included in Tate Britain’s first photography show, and shown at the V & A, National Portrait Gallery, Proud Gallery and most recently, his iconic shot of Keith Richards was included in The Sunday Times 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.

Derek Ridgers: Un/Seen runs at The Society Club until the end of May.   Pictures – SIGNED & framed run from £95-£550

Absolute Beginners

The Society Film Club is proud to present Absolute Beginners.

Set against the post-war Britain, a time in which pop culture is transforming from jazz to a new generation on the verge of the 60s, a young hip photographer (Colin) falls in love with an aspiring fashion designer (Crepe Suzette).

Directed by Julien Temple, Absolute Beginners features David Bowie, Sade, Ray Davies and stars Eddie O’Connell and a break-out performance by Patsy Kensit. The film has become a cult classic, mainly through it’s incredible soundtrack (featuring Bowie, Sade, The Style Council and Ray Davies).

Clive Jennings will lead a fascinating conversation with director Julien Temple, Eve Ferret, who appears in the film and Roger Burton, who consulted on the memorable styling, before the screening, with an audience Q & A afterwards.

This will be a Film Club Night not to be missed.

Doors open at 7pm, Q&A begins at 7:30 promptly – we ask that audience members arrive in time as this is likely to be a popular event. Doors close 7.25pm

Copies of the Colin MacInnes novel, Absolute Beginners, will be available for purchase on the night

Members £5 | Non members £10

Poetry Night, Wednesday

Join us for a celebration of the writings Giuseppe Gioachino Belli – a brilliant 19th century Italian poet, known for his writings on eating, drinking, violence, sex, ghosts, bedrooms and fireworks. Translated and presented by Michael Sullivan

Poetry Evening

Giuseppe Gioachino Belli is one of the great Italian – and European – poets. His subject matter is the lives and behaviour of the common people of Rome in the early 19th century. His topics – from sex to earthquakes, ghosts to gambling – he recited to select audiences of the time and he chose not to publish. He has gradually become better known outside Italy through the attention of writers such as Robert Lowell and Anthony Burgess. Michael Sullivan has produced a marvellous translation, rendering the 19th century Roman dialect into a racy idiomatic English, dipping into regional vernacular rhythms and sounds to capture the breadth of Belli’s descriptions. The poems in English are rollicking fun, but the bite of the satire is ever present.

Wednesday, March 21st
Copies of Michael Sullivan’s new translation of Giuseppe Gioachino Belli will be available for purchase and signing