Noddy Holder’s glam ambition
Former Slade frontman Noddy Holder hopes a new art exhibition will make people take the glam era more seriously.
His Wolverhampton outfit were among the leaders of the early 1970s movement, spearheading experimentation with glitter makeup, high heels and outrageous costumes.
Now the Tate Liverpool gallery is hosting Glam! The Performance Of Style until May 12...
Asked if Slade considered what they were doing as art, Holder, 66, tells the BBC: “I think we did.
“People didn’t take it seriously at the time – they thought it was very flippant. People used to scoff at Slade being this happy-go-lucky band that they saw on Top Of The Pops every week.
“They didn’t take us as seriously as we wanted to be taken as musicians.”
Noddy Holder on Glam! The Performance of Style
Laura Bennet, The Guardian 17.2.2013:
"Tate Liverpool's exhibition reminds the lead singer of Slade how the glam-rock era – mirrored top hats and all – was revolutionary
contains several huge photographs of me with the rest of Slade. They were taken by Gered Mankowitz, one of the best photographers strange to see myself up on the wall like that, 40 years on. It reminded me of my misspent youth: we were touring the world, and much of that time passed in a haze. But even if I can't relate that young man to who I am now, I'm still proud of who I was.
Glam: the Performance of Style runs from 8 February to 12 May 2013.
You can see Marc Bolan's leather hat in a glass case. I couldn't believe how small it was: I knew he was a small man, but this hat is really tiny. It also reminded me of the colourful, spangly outfits I wore with Slade. I'm still remembered best for my top hat with mirrors on it. I've given most of those outfits to charity, but I've still got that hat, in a bank vault. Along with Bolan, Slade really spearheaded the whole glam rock fashion aesthetic. It was a very deliberate policy: we decided to dress so outrageously on Top of the Pops that people would be talking about us in the pub the next day. And it worked.
I was pleased to see how many young people were at the exhibition. They probably don't even realise how glam's influence is still being felt today. Look at Lady Gaga and Paloma Faith: they're glam rock all over again. Today's art scene would do well to take a leaf out of glam rock's book. It would give it a real kick up the backside."
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"Look Wot I Dun - My Life In Slade" -
Don Powell and the author Lise Lyng Falkenberg have signed the contract with publisher Omnibus Press. Don's biography titled "Look Wot I Dun - My Life In Slade" will be published later this year, but pre-orders can already be made on Amazon.co.uk:
Read more about Don's activities now, in the past and in the future on Don's official website:
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Slade "Saaristo Open"
Winter is most beautiful at the moment here in Helsinki and new snow is promised to fall down at the weekend, but we will remind you from a Slade summer festival date in Finland 14.6.2013 at Kaarina by Turku:
"Miljoonia levyjä myynyt Slade on LEGENDAARINEN! -70 luvulla Slade-manian aiheuttaneen bändin on mm. Kiss ilmoittanut Sladen suurimmaksi vaikuttajakseen. Kun Slade kiinnitettiin Saaristo Openin artistikattaukseen kuultiin monesta suunnasta palautetta tyyliin ”TÄH? OIKEESTI?! IHAN PAKKO NÄHDÄ!!” Kyllä kyllä, Slade tulee Saaristo Openiin ja nyt kannattaa viipymättä kipaista hakemassa lippu ettet missaa sitä!"