Each month, the Idler magazine brings together a great collection of writers, speakers and musicians for an evening of fun and feasting at the wonderful Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market. Editor Tom Hodgkinson and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull will be your hosts. The ticket includes dinner and a glass of wine or beer.
This month we welcome icon, muse, catalyst and the most recognizable female face of punk, Jordan, and her biographer Cathi Unsworth to discuss their book Defying Gravity: Jordan’s Story.
Jordan has been described as “the first Sex Pistol” by Derek Jarman, Jon Savage and many others who dared to walk the length of Kings Road up to no 430 from 1975 onwards. The public face of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s iconic SEX, Seditionaries and World’s End; the motivating force behind Jarman’s incendiary Jubilee and the first manager of Adam and the Ants – these are just some of the achievements of a woman who sat, sphinxlike in the eye of the punk storm… and is now ready to share some of the secrets of her incredible life story.
Cathi Unsworth is the author of six highly acclaimed pop-cultural crime novels, That Old Black Magic (2018), Without The Moon (2015), Weirdo (2013), Bad Penny Blues (2009), The Singer (2007) and The Not Knowing (2005, all Serpent’s Tail). She began her writing career at the age of 19 on Sounds and has since worked as an editor on Bizarre and Purr. She has written on music, film, pop culture and general weirdness for Fortean Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Mojo, Sight & Sound and Uncut among others. Find out more at cathiunsworth.co.uk.
The dinner will be held at Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market with its superb modern English menu sourced from small local suppliers. There’s been a venue on this corner since the thirteenth century serving local spa waters before it became a pub, and now it has been stylishly brought up to date as a restaurant and bar.