Fantastic Goings on at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Last Friday I received an email telling me that a very ancient film I made called ‘No Age New York’ was screening that night at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as part of its series of events based around the ‘Postmodernism’ show they have running there. You can actually watch ‘No Age New York’ by clicking here.

This is a shot of the programme for the event. The exhibition includes costumes by Leigh Bowery, Grace Jones, Klaus Nomi and so on. ‘No Age New York’ is a documentary of sorts, and features some post punk luminaries, including Henry Rollins and Lydia Lunch. Here is a still from it of Richard Kern, waiting to be interviewed on the roof of his apartment.

And this is Joe Coleman, who appears in some super 8 footage in the film:

Having legged it down at the last minute to check out the show etc, I was gobsmacked to see that Joey Arias was giving a free performance that night at the V&A. Joey is a New York nightlife legend, although for the last few years has been starring in the Cirque de Soleil show in Vegas, and recently has been touring what looks like the most amazing performance/puppetry show ever! Anyway, Joey had loaned the ‘Postmodernism’ show some outfits that had belonged to Klaus Nomi. As a tribute to his close friend and mentor Klaus, Joey performed the ‘Nomi Song’, which was pretty darn special. Luckily I had a little stills camera with me which also shoots small amounts of video…

He also performed some amazing songs in the style of Billie Holiday. Boy, can Joey sing! And tell anecdotes! Wowsa! I don’t know how many drag acts have performed at the Victoria and Albert. And I don’t know how many have received standing ovations too!

I was so amazed, what a talent, and managed to get hold of a promise from him to be interviewed for my doc on Jayne County. I’m looking forward to that! God, I’d love to persuade him to cover one of Jayne’s songs with his amazing voice!

As an extra treat, to see Klaus Nomi and Joey backing David Bowie on ‘TVC15’ and ‘Boys Keep Swinging’ click here!