King of the City (for Cath Rennie), 2012

King of the City is a novel by Michael Moorcok, published in 2000. According to Wikipedia it is: “a satire on modern London and its literary scene…Narrated by celebrity photographer and erstwhile rock star Dennis Dover, it charts a chaotic ride through London from the sixties to the end of the century.” While the SF elements are not overt for much of the book, they inform the book’s denouement. Siouxsie Sioux and John Lydon amongst others pop up in support roles and the whole thing is strongly reminiscent one of Moorcock’s other characters/ strategies, Jerry Cornelius (more on him later). All of which are very good things in my book.

The photograph above really needs to be reunited with its original audience, so here they are:

King of the City (II) (Audience), 2012

And just to round this section of the post off, in recognition of Denny Dover’s job as a celebrity photographer, here’s a picture of a celebrity:

King of the City (III) (Celebrity), 2012

Rick Wakeman is a rock musician. His distinctive keyboard/ piano playing can be heard on works by David Bowie (Hunky Dory), Black Sabbath, T Rex, and Elton John to name a few.

Probably best known for his work with the prog rock group, Yes, he appeared on Fragile, Close To The Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans. He’s now a bit of a celeb, cropping up on Grumpy Old Men on TV and up until 2010 had his own radio show on digital channel Planet Rock.

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For the next fortnight I will be naming my posts and photographs after Science Fiction novels.

As always thanks to John Pindar and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion. And to my collaborator and all-round cool dude, Richard over at CK Ponderings, who is no longer naming his photographs after Pet Shop Boys songs, but has another project in the pipeline.

I also highly recommend you visit Theodora Brack’s blog, People, Places and Bling, because it’s fantastic!! (and for her suggestion that we start a book club based on these posts). And you have to see Cheryl Moore’s Unbound Boxes Limping Gods for no other reason than it is unique and brilliant.

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