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WHAM BAM THANK YOU GLAM! Glam! The Performance of Style Tate Liverpool: Exhibition 8 February – 12 May 2013


     Being a 70s kid my burgeoning and non hairy toes took their first dip into the world of culture right smack bang in the middle of what could arguably be termed the  most flamboyant and colourful scene of the last century.GLAM. Whether born out of the Hippie movement ,Psychedelia, The Sexual Revolution or politically motivated, it had invited itself to the party and even if it’s name wasn’t on the list it was still coming in.

In the same vein the Tate Liverpool has thrown itself a party which in its own words attempts to ‘visually demonstrate the development of glam and it’s various manifestations in the UK and  USA through cultural material from the period’


our Tom

This was an exhibition I was really looking forward to and I have to admit I had certain expectations relating to my  definition of Glam. A bit of Ziggy, Bolan, Ferry and anyone else on the bill at Top of the Pops during the early 70s. This was satisfied immediately upon entering the exhibit and viewing the Album cover mural displaying  albums such as Diamond Dogs (Bowie), In the Court of the Krimson King (King Krimson), Stranded(Roxy Music), They only come out at night (Edgar Winters group) as well as many others.They were just the ones I recognised from my own collection. Apart from the few jackets on display alongside  (in particular a leather Cherry & Ladybird Jacket from Alkasura, on the Kings Road, of Marc Bolans favoured outlets at the time)  there was a notable absence of  Glam attire on display. I suspect this may  well be felt by a lot of those who visit the exhibition only because I’m sure  for a lot of us our  experience of Glam  were the clothes as well as the Music  .I can still recall my then cultural mentor , my uncle Tom, a cool teenager with en vogue ginger shoulder length hair and an undying love for David Bowie  tutoring me in the ways of musical righteousness. As our babysitter he introduced us to Space Oddity and not without  egging me , my brother and my sisters to come up with a routine to perform alongside it.

But to refer to it as I did earlier, the exhibition demonstrated glam as a scene and there is no scene without it’s people. Bearing this in mind the Performance of Style exhibition  demonstrated not just that but excelled in it using popular Cultural Icons as its introduction before it identified themes and  factions within in it .Themes which unapologetically address androgyny  both pretentiously and without pretense. Works by David Hockney, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol,  Allen Jones and Richard Hamilton exemplified this and a particular highlight was a painting by Franz Gertsch titled ‘At Luciano’s House’. I had to inspect it closely to believe it was a painting. Unfortunately due to not wanting to infringe on any copyright issues you will have to see the painting for yourself but by way of trying to  make up for this I have devised a small  collection from my own personal glam gallery and although I didn’t share the same flamboyant and slightly hedonistic message to the world I was a part of, I did do a fair bit of styling and profiling.

clockwise from top right-Ginger in Red, Ginger with cap, Ginger with fur collar.

clockwise from top right- Ginger in Red, Ginger with cap, Ginger with fur collar.

Whether you’re a music enthusiast or share an  interest in examining the components that make up a popular cultural movement or like myself  have  part of your heart firmly stuck in the 70s theres every chance (like me again) you’ll leave the Tate Liverpool with a hankering for a 7 minute album track carrying a party Seven under your arm whistling the theme tune to ‘Man about the house.’

The exhibition continues until 12th May 2013.

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The GIT Awards are coming



LIVERPOOL’S GIT (Getintothis) Award 2013 will take place at Leaf on Bold Street on Friday 19 April, where the shortlisted artists are expected to perform – with the winner collecting £1000 in prize money on the night.

The GIT Award, dubbed ‘the Scouse Mercury Prize,’ enjoyed a hugely successful inaugural year in 2012 and the stakes will be even higher when the 2013 winner of this now established award is revealed later this year.

The evening at Leaf, which also played host to last year’s ceremony, is invite only and will include performances from those shortlisted. The shortlist, which will be announced in March, will be devised by a 12-strong judging panel including 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, Q editor Andrew Harrison, NME radar editor Matt Wilkinson plus the cornerstones of the Liverpool music scene.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 while a special Inspiration Award, recognising significant outstanding achievement to Liverpool’s music industry (won last year by the team behind Liverpool venue, The Kazimier), will also be presented.

Since its inception the GIT award has captured the music industry’s attention, becoming the first regional award of its kind to champion new and emerging music and garnering national and international industry and press recognition.

Liverpool has long been considered a hotbed of musical talent and The GIT Award is committed to putting the city’s most innovative new bands and artists on the national and international stage.  The closing date for entries is February 28 2013.

To enter this year’s prize musicians are asked to send four tracks to or post to Peter Guy, The GIT Award, Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. 

Five Days Out For A Fiver: Day 2 – Garston Lifestyles

Money spent: £4.90

Fun had:  ✰✰✰✰✰

Teacher based reduction in fun: ✰

Day 2 of the Five Days Out For A Fiver challenge and it was chucking it down with rain again.  So still no outdoorsy fun.  Anyway, we decided to take advantage of Liverpool City Council’s Futures programme, which gives free access to all of the Council’s pools for under-17s and we headed off for the Lifestyles centre in Garston.

The kids went for free and I paid £3.60 for an adult swim and 20p for a locker.  The pool in Garston Lifestyles is pretty impressive, more akin to a posh splash centre in a slightly upmarket holiday centre in Cornwall than anything resembling the corpy baths of old. It had bridges, a little waterfall, a special kiddies area and a decent 25m pool for the more serious swimmer.  It also includes Liverpool’s largest water slide, which was pretty impressive, if not open as much as we’d have liked.  The ‘changing village’ allowed us to all stay together, while affording a nice degree of privacy in individual changing cubicles.

We had an absolute ball splashing and diving about and didn’t notice that a serious few hours had gone by.  We only had to beat a hasty retreat once two of the male teaching staff from my daughter’s school turned up with their own children for a swim.  I’m not sure if there are many more toe-curling things for a 13-year-old girl than for her history teacher to see her in swimwear, but it’s at least got to be Top 10.

Anyway, we dried off and had our packed lunch in the cosy little café/viewing area and spent one of the best £1.10s I’ve ever spent on a portion of chips.  It reminded me of coming home from Lister Drive baths as a girl with a bag of chips between about ten of us.

It’s a four bus jaunt to Garston and back from where we live, but it was well worth it.  While we were diving into our ham butties and chips, I asked my kids how this week is shaping up compared to what we’d normally be doing – meals out, trips to the pictures, and so on – and they both said that this is better.  They love that we’re spending time together, talking and laughing.  And I couldn’t agree more.  It’s brilliant, brilliant family time and I love it.

Find out more about Lifestyles centres and the Futures programme at

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