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A record of 100 evenings at the legendary 100 Club

It all began 75 years ago.

Back then it was called Macks, a basement jazz joint where Londoners could forget the traumas of their blitz-scarred city and dance the night away to jazz and swing. It was one of the few places that black American GIs could dance with white women and not have to fear the consequences.

In the 1960s it changed its name, and gained the trumpeter sign that’s still, a beacon amid the confusion and chaos of Oxford Street. It’s the 100 Club, and it’s an absolute icon of London nightlife.

You could say that if you haven’t played the 100 Club, you haven’t played London. Over the decades it’s seen musical genres come and go, from swing and jazz to skiffle and rock and roll, psychedelia and reggae, punk and dub and Britpop. It’s been a mecca for up-and-comers and a place for rock royalty to strip back and return to their roots. It’s where a lucky few have seen stadium-sized acts like The Rolling Stones play just a few feet away.

‘100 Nights at the 100 Club’ is a tribute to the club, the performers who play it, and the audiences who have kept it alive, seen through the lenses of photographers Darren Russell and Kingsley Davis.

They’ve been shooting shows at the 100 Club for many years – in Darren’s case all the way back to the late 1980s – and they’ve been at the front during some of the 100 Club’s most legendary recent shows: The White Stripes, Paul Weller, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Guru, Kings of Leon and many, many more.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are, whether you’re a new band or you can pack out a stadium, everybody's the same at the 100 Club,” says Darren Russell. “Once you stand on that three-foot-high stage you’ve got someone looking up your nostrils – that’s how close you are to your audience.

“I was 15 years old when I first walked down the stairs into the club and I’ve never stopped going back. In the early 90’s Jeff, who runs the club, asked me if I would start taking photos and I jumped at the chance.”

Darren’s archive includes pics of The White Stripes’ first gig in the UK back in 2001 – he was the only professional photographer there, and many of his pics from the night have never been published. The book includes several of his shots, a moment of undeniable London music history.

Kingsley Davis has covered many of the club’s dance, hip-hop and reggae gigs; it’s an underappreciated fact that the 100 Club has been heavily involved with black music and black British culture for decades. “My time shooting at the 100 Club has meant a bunch of priceless moments as well as ringing ear drums." Amongst his images in the book are those from a breakfast gig by all-female rock band Savages, plying a sweat-soaked gig while the rest of London was ordering its first coffee of the day.

“I have also photographed jazz, blues, punk and 'indie' bands too, as well as the annual International Women's Day event. The true diversity of this venue should be celebrated, and I think these images do that.”

This is a must-have book for anyone who has descended those stairs into the unique atmosphere of the 100 Club. More than 300 pages of music history, showing the magic of the club in a way that's never been captured before.

It's almost like being there.

Kingsley Davis trained as an Illustrator/Artist at the University of Westminster and Central Saint Martin's School of Art in London. There he studied Illustration BA Hons and postgraduate respectively, as a result he explored many areas of visual communication as well as Photography. Kingsley has produced images for Time Out magazine, Q magazine, Jocks & Nerds, The Guardian, Strut Records, Adidas and the 100 Club. This year Kingsley's design for the band 'Primal Scream' was selected for the Secret 7" Exhibition in London in aid of MIND, the mental health charity. Secret 7” takes 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and presses each one 100 times to 7” vinyl.

In 2011 Kingsley published his first book 'Flip The Script - A Photographers Music Diary' with preface by Norman Jay MBE. Many of the artists featured in this have come through underground cultures or sub-cultures and have emerged without comprising their authentic credentials. Kingsley's work has recently extended to film and Videography with a music documentary on the way.

Stephen Dowling is an award-winning journalist, with more than 25 years’ experience.

He began a career as a music journalist in his native New Zealand in the early 1990s before moving to the UK. He was one of the launch staff on NME.com and wrote for a number of publications, including The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Guardian, The Times and the Sunday Express. He was also one of a handful of writers to cover the Manic Street Preachers’ concert in Cuba in 2001.

He is now associate editor of BBC Future, BBC.com’s science and technology site.

In his spare time he’s a photographer and blogger, and runs Kosmo Foto, a film photography blog and home of Kosmo Foto Mono film.

Darren Russell is an award-winning photographer with a varied global client portfolio in business, editorial and entertainment.

Darren’s skill and professionalism has articulated his work, which captures timeless events and occasions.

His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as well as being displayed on art billboards throughout the London underground.

He has photographed at London’s legendary music venue the 100 Club since the late 80’s until the present day and many of his original, iconic images ranging from Chuck Berry to Paul Weller can be seen adorning the walls of the venue.

In addition, Darren’s portraiture and reportage photographs are regular features in national newspapers and magazines.

His images are used as a vital part of corporate branding and to refresh corporate identities and documents for many businesses.

Darren’s work documenting the resurgent Mod youth sub-culture, from the early 1980’s through to the end of the 1990’s, was published as the photographic biography ‘Saturdays Kids’. He also documented the changes in Soho through portraits of the characters that work, live and play in the naughty square mile.

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Monday, 3 December 2018

'100 Nights at the 100 Club' has now reached 20% of its funding target, and we'd like to take a moment to say thank you to each and everyone who has pledged so far.



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Mike Walden
Mike Walden asked:

Hi, Does this pledge/release contain the same book that was issued via the following kickstarter? Thank you, Mike

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/575723516/100-nights-at-the-100-club?ref=discovery

Stephen Dowling
Stephen Dowling replied:

Hi Mike

It is the project - the Kickstarter campaign was unsuccessful, so the book hasn't actually ever been published.

Thanks

S

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