A few days ago I was lucky enough to drop in on the opening of a small show of photographs by the legend that is Leee Black Childers. Here he is in 1972, arm in arm with Mr Iggy Pop, who Leee had the luck (?) to look after, along with the other Stooges, while they invaded LA. I interviewed him a while back about this, and of course about Jayne County. There’s a nice interview with him, mainly about David Bowie, here.
So this is me, Leee, and Pippa Brooks at his show at the Outside World on Redchurch Street in East London. It was great to see Leee again. He was very sweet, chatting to everyone and making everyone feel special. When he saw I had bought a portrait of Jackie Curtis he held my hand and said ‘Im SO glad you bought that, because I KNOW you’ll have it up on your wall, and that would have made her so happy, that’s all Jackie ever wanted, was to be up on people’s walls…’
Pippa shot this beautiful short clip of Leee telling the most succinct and lovely anecdote I have come across in years! There’s more on her blog here.
Having purchased the photo of Jackie Curtis I left… and then went back to get one of Jayne, who I am VERY slowly making a film about, and which I decided I just couldn’t live without! It’s just such a lovely photo, full of the playful fun of those times, I guess.
And just to round things off, here’s a song by the fabulous Jayne County, called ‘Jackie Told Me’, with Jayne in a rather reflective mood, singing about the days when she and Leee and Jackie Curtis all lived together in a little flat in New York…