We Need You Lazzaro, You Lazy, Greasy Bastard

The Society Club welcomes the one-and-only Son of Dave for a night of music and words – as he reads from his collection ‘We Need You Lazzaro, You Lazy, Greasy Bastard’

Tuesday, December 18th
6:30 – 8:30
The Society Club
12 Ingestre Place

Son of Dave is a Canadian bluesman and writer who has been living in London for more than 15 years.   He is also the longest-serving columnist for The Stool Pigeon, Britain’s coolest, fully independent and award-winning music newspaper.

He has performed a thousand shows on most continents.  Since going solo in 2000, he has produced four albums and has received critical acclaimed and has been described as a mix of ‘cotton-pickin’ blues, vocalising beat-box, hard-breathing folk, steamy funk and even modern R&B’.

In a very special appearance at The Society Club, Son of Dave will be reading from his collection of columns from The Stool Pigeon and playing a song or two …

Join us for what will be a very entertaining and interesting night – and be tempted by our new cocktail menu.  A great way to welcome in the holidays and to warm-up with a bluesy song.

Copies of We Need You Lazzaro, You Lazy, Greasy Bastard & The Other Stool Pigeon Columns will be available on the night for purchase along with vinyl and other assorted Dave-related items.


The Colony Club and StillSoho

The Colony Club book launch and new photography exhibition 'STILLSOHO'

 Tuesday, December 11th – 6:30-8:30 – The Society Club invites you to celebrate Sophie Parkin and the launch of her book The Colony Room Club 1948-2008: A History of Bohemian Soho and to view the new photography exhibit ‘STILLSOHO’ featuring photos from The Colony Club and Soho by Carla Borel.

The Colony Room Club in Soho was opened on the first floor of 41 Dean Street in 1948 by proprietor Muriel Belcher, then aged 40. It closed 60 years later, after playing host to some of the most celebrated creative minds in music, theatre, drama, art, literature, comedy, poetry, espionage and the House of Lords. In her new book, Sophie Parkin sets out to memorialize this great Soho institution with interviews, photographs and art pieces – creating a wonderful historical document of a very particular club that bar honoured and engendered ideas and art through the mix of people and countless conversations of sense and nonsense.

In her new book, Sophie collated more than 50 interviews with habitués of the Colony. These include unreported tales of high jinks and low tragedy, insider voices, and the occasional debauched anecdote. These voices offer insights into the various phases of the Colony’s 60 year journey. Along the way, the Colony blazed the trail of what a club might mean to its members. As well as being a part of louche Soho, with whom it had a reflective relationship, the Colony also documented changing shape of bohemia in the post-war era.

Adding even more magic to the night, photographer Carla Borel will be exhibiting her work at The Society Club in a show she has called ‘STILLSOHO’. In ‘STILLSOHO’, Borel presents a series of intimate black and white portraits of artists, writers and flanneurs– photos capturing the last decade in and around Soho. Included in the series are shots of the Colony Room along with other familiar landmarks. Having had her first solo-show at The Colony Room in 2008 and having worked at another famed and still going strong Soho institution, The French House, Borel knows and loves Soho – and that love is gorgeously captured in her photography.

Join us to celebrate Sophie and her new book and Carla and her photography and see old friends and raise a glass to remember The Colony Room and to celebrate Soho.


Leee Black Childers

“Andy Warhol told me to find your spot, grab a chair and let them come to you … These are stories and memories I have treasured from my very eventful past history.” -Leee Black Childers

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our very first book – DRAG QUEENS, RENT BOYS, PICK POCKETS, JUNKIES, ROCKSTARS AND PUNKS by the incredible Leee Black Childers.  A gorgeously produced book filled with photos and the stories behind the photos – we’ve partnered with The Vinyl Factory who will be running a show to coincide with publication at their gallery on Walton Street.

Covering notables such as Andy Warhol, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols and Robert Mapplethorpe, the book also features several of the key underground celebrities; the self-proclaimed ‘superstars’ of the time, including Jackie Curtis, Wayne County, Holly Woodlawn, Cherry Vanilla and Candy Darling.    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.

Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rockstars and Punks by Leee Black Childers will be printed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies with 200 deluxe editions available exclusively through The Vinyl Factory and The Society Club.

The accompanying exhibition will take place at The Vinyl Factory Chelsea from 5th December, 2012.

If you are interested in the book – and you should be – you can order the standard edition  here.

Order the limited £100 edition with signed print here.

26 Treasures

Monday, December 10th


The Society Club and Unbound invites you to celebrate the publication of ‘26 Treasures’ — an illustrated anthology in which 26 writers respond to 26 treasures in 4 museums, using only 62 words.

Imagine you’re in a museum. You might spot a gargantuan four-poster bed that was a 16th century pub tourist attraction or a threadbare sackcloth robe worn in church by a 17th century adulteress.

Yet despite their rarity, we often fail to engage with these extraordinary objects. We simply nod and move on.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In 2010, London’s Victoria & Albert museum chose 26 objects from its British Galleries and randomly assigned them to 26 writers. Each person wrote exactly 62 words – 26 in reflection – in response to the object. The results were beautiful, surprising, lyrical, sometimes comical.  In 2011, 26 (a writers’ group which takes its name from the number of letters in the alphabet) took the idea to the National Library of Wales, the Ulster Museum and the National Museum of Scotland, where writers were let loose on objects as disparate as a mediaeval illuminated book, a beggar’s badge and a 16th century Scottish guillotine.

Now, collected for the first time, 26 Treasures is a gorgeous, illustrated anthology covering 26 treasures in the V&A, National Library of Wales, the Ulster Museum and the National Museum of Scotland all with 26 writers responding to their beauty and significance, using only 62 words.   It’s a fascinating insight into 21st century writers’ perspectives on British cultural history.

Join John Simmons along with contributors Elise Valmorbida, Fiona Thompson and Andy Hayes – as they read from the newly published book 26 Treasures.

John Simmons is a writer and co-founder of the writers’ organization 26. In 2003, with six other writers, John founded 26, a not-for-profit group that champions the cause of better writing in all areas of life www.26.org.uk . This has grown into a thriving membership organization that holds events and carries out interesting writing projects (such as 26 Treasures) with different partners.