Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story by Celeste Bell and Zoë Howe
Limited Edition Boxset (250 Copies
New & Unread
Includes a specially re-released 7” single (‘Identity’/‘Let’s Submerge’) on pink vinyl, a print of a Pennie Smith photograph, a Poly Styrene tote bag, Poly’s handwritten ‘concept of X-Ray Spex’ note, an ‘Identity’ card, Poly’s handwritten lyrics for ‘Oh Bondage, Up Yours!’ and ‘I Am A Cliché’, Poly’s handwritten sheet music for ‘Identity’ and ‘The Day The World Turned Dayglo’, three badges, Poly’s hand-drawn draft artwork for the Translucence album cover, Poly’s hand-drawn illustration, with signature, three press releases and two flyers for X-Ray Spex gigs!
Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style pioneer and a lifelong spiritual seeker: a true punk icon. But this rebel queen with the cheeky grin was also a latter-day pop artist with a wickedly perceptive gift for satirising the world around her - her brightly coloured, playful aesthetic sharply at odds with the stark monochrome style and nihilism of punk. Here, for the first time, the vibrant jigsaw of Poly's inspiring and often moving story has been lovingly pieced together by her daughter, singer-songwriter Celeste Bell, and writer/artist Zoë Howe (author of the acclaimed Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits, amongst many others).
From growing up mixed-race in Brixton in the 1960s, to being at the forefront of the emerging punk scene with X-Ray Spex in the 1970s, to finding faith with the Hare Krishna movement, to balancing single motherhood with a solo music career and often debilitating mental health issues, the book honestly and openly explores Poly's exceptional life, up until her untimely passing in 2011. Based on interviews with those who knew and loved Poly whether personally or through music, this oral history book includes testimonies from Vivienne Westwood, Don Letts, Glen Matlock, Jonathan Ross, Neneh Cherry, The Slits' Tessa Pollitt, Thurston Moore, Jon Savage, and many others.
Heavily illustrated throughout including personal photographs, flyers from the punk scene and hand-drawn artwork and lyrics for X-Ray Spex and beyond the book beautifully captures Poly Styrene's creative and personal legacy, reminding us that if anyone had the power to turn our worlds dayglo, it was her.
Zoe Howe is a writer, musician and visual artist based in Essex. She is the author of eleven books.
About the Authors:
Zoe Howe is a writer, musician and visual artist based in Essex. She is the author of eleven books. Current projects include a film and book about the life and work of X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene. Zoë is working with Poly's daughter Celeste, director Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain) and Doc 'n' Roll Films. The book will be published via Omnibus Press, and both projects are due for release in 2019.
Edition: Limited Edition Boxset (250 Copies)
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