Live Fast Die Young, an exhibition of the late Bob Carlos Clarke


Scarlett Carlos Clarke presents Live Fast Die Young, a photographic exhibition of the late Bob Carlos Clarke at The Society Club in Soho.

A prolific but troubled photographer, Bob Carlos Clarke was known for his pictures of rock stars and erotic — sometimes shocking — images of women. Often referred to as the British Helmet Newton, he shot numerous women – famous, infamous and unknown, his extraordinary images for Marco Pierre White’s ‘White Heat’ are iconic.  Carlos Clarke produced five books during his career: The Illustrated Delta of Venus Obsession, The Dark Summer, White Heat, and Shooting Sex. He died in 2006.

Carlos Clarke himself eerily reflected, a few years ago, when discussing Robert Mapplethorpe, “For the purposes of deification, an early and appropriate death is essential. If you want to qualify as a legend, get famous young, die tragically and dramatically, and never underestimate the importance of your unrepeatable, irreplaceable, iconic photographs.”.

‘This show is going to be a catalyst for many more shows I plan to curate. The aim is for up and coming artists and photographers to exhibit their work throughout the year here at The Society Club. I wanted to start this new series with my dad because he was so supportive of new artists. I hope that in the upcoming year to be able to showcase some rising young talent in the art world, often overlooked by traditional galleries, and give them a platform to display and sell their work.’ -Scarlett Carlos Clarke

‘We’re thrilled to have someone so dedicated with working with and championing young artists. Scarlett, as curator, will bring a fresh, young eye to the London gallery scene.’ -Babette Kulik and Carrie Kania, owners of The Society Club

Live Fast Die Young: The photographs of Bob Carlos Clarke as curated by Scarlett Carlos Clarke will be on exhibit at The Society Club from 28th November.

Scarlett Carlos Clarke was born in London in 1992. She left Art collage to train with Alexandra Brownsell doing hair at BLEACH London. However, when Scarlett met Harriet Verney in 2011, they saw a gap in the market for young up and coming talent.  Together PIGMEE Magazine was born. PIGMEE is a tongue in cheek, snouts up to current editorial content. From unpublished works of late and great icons such as Isabella Blow and images from Bob Carlos Clarke to editorials with Young British Designers, PIGMEE shocks and salutes. PIGMEE cuddles and coincides with the online shop The 123 Store owned and founded by Harriet. The 123 Store is a platform for undiscovered and renown British made talent to perform and sell from.   ‘Our main aim with both PIGMEE Magazine and the 123 Store is to showcase up and coming talent.

Holiday Gift Plug: Poetry

Faber 80th Poetry

We’ve rearranged our books today to highlight some of the lovely book-gifts we are recommending this holiday season.   Here’s the plug for The Faber Poetry set.

The Faber Poetry set includes 6 books; John Betjeman, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and W.H. Auden. Really smart packaging – only £20.
This is the perfect gift for really anyone – its affordable to pick-up for your boss or co-worker, friend, brother, sister, uncle or even your 15 year old niece.  It’s a classic gift  and says ‘hey, I think you like poetry’.
We have a great poetry section at The Society Club and poet George Chopping is reading next Saturday, December 1st at 7pm.

Q&A with Margaret Pepper

The Society Club welcomes artist Margaret Pepper as she talks about how her life has informed her paintings.
Margaret has taken an unusual route to become the painter she is today.    Born Maurice Pepper, Margaret lived life as a man for nearly 60 years.    Married, children … but something never felt quite right.  She was never the person she was born to be.
In this intimate conversation, Margaret will talk about her life and struggles and the decisions she has made along the way.   How Maurice was reborn as Margaret at a point when most people are thinking about retirement.   Today, Margaret, in many ways, is now the person she was born to be.   And with this new life came new confidence, as she finally was able to express herself through her critically acclaimed paintings.
Join us for a night of interesting discussion, drinks and a look inside the world of Margaret Pepper and her extraordinary paintings.

read more about Margaret here

Wednesday, November 21st
6:30 – 8:30pm

The Society Club
12 Ingestre Place

The Fabulous Clipjoint

We have an extensive collection of classic pulp fiction books for-sale .. including this absolute gem – Fredric Brown’s first novel ‘The Fabulous Clipjoint’.   First published in 1947, this novel won the Edgar Award that year – the most prestigious award given to mystery writers.

Often referred to one of the best crime novels ever to be written about Chicago,  Brown once said about writing:

“There are no rules. You can write a story, if you wish, with no conflict, no suspense, no beginning, middle or end. Of course, you have to be regarded as a genius to get away with it, and that’s the hardest part — convincing everybody you’re a genius.”

Not as remembered today as Hammett or Thompson, Brown is still regarded as one of the forgotten masters of the genre.   We have a few of his novels in-stock … along with hundreds of other classic pulp titles.   Email me if you are looking for something specific or better yet – stop-by.

Book Court Brooklyn Recommends


Our good friend Chad – all the way from Brooklyn’s famed Book Court bookstore  (voted the #1 independent bookstore in NYC) – is here this week.  And we asked him to have a look at our bookshelves and pull out some books he’d recommend.

Here’s what he had to say:

Simply stated, books matter.

Books have informed my thinking, influenced my actions, and have provided me a lifetime of pleasure and solace.  In my mind, great literature nourishes our heart & soul as well as any fine food and wine.

If there is a common thread among this diverse collection of writers – they’re provocative in nature, in the best sense of the word.   These books make you think and feel and ponder the human condition….

Chad Recommends:
The poetry of Lord Bryon
My Dog Skip
Ask the Dust
T.S. Eliot
All the Pretty Horses
Ham on Rye
Martin Dressler
Franny & Zooey
Last Orders
The God of Small Things
Birthday Letters and the poetry of Ted Hughes
Naked Lunch
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Maggie Cassidy
The Stories of John Cheever
The Information
Poor People