Berlin Bromley

Front Cover
SAF Publishing Ltd, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages

'Berlin, Bromley is fascinating, strangely poetic and compelling.”—Michael Bracewell, The Guardian

Bertie Marshall’s memoir as “Berlin” in the notorious Bromley Contingent cuts to the core of the punk sensibility of 1976/77. Combining the outrageous zeitgeist with the lifestyle of scenester and rent boy, Marshall’s account bristles with a raw freshness and honesty.

The Bromley Contingent included Siouxsie Sioux, Steve Severin, Billy Idol and Jordan. Marshall is the ideal narrator, taking in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s Sex shop, the formation of the Sex Pistols and the gay netherworld of late 70s London. A post-glam, pre-punk version of The Naked Civil Servant.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

If only others had written a review of this period in the eighties! I find this a sad reflection of the period written by an illiterate with no flare for english as a language. Lousies was so much more vibrant than he makes out ...............yes there were the horrors and Madame Louise was a wonderful old madam of the old school sitting there with a little lap dog on her lap reminiscent of the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec. I found it fell far short of the reality of the period. A souless description of a vibrant period in the history of London. 

Selected pages

Contents

I
15
II
20
III
25
IV
33
V
39
VI
42
VII
47
VIII
53
XXIII
98
XXIV
105
XXV
112
XXVI
115
XXVII
119
XXVIII
122
XXIX
125
XXX
127

IX
57
X
64
XI
67
XII
69
XIII
71
XIV
73
XV
75
XVI
78
XVII
80
XVIII
83
XIX
86
XX
90
XXI
93
XXII
95
XXXI
130
XXXII
133
XXXIII
136
XXXIV
153
XXXV
156
XXXVI
161
XXXVII
165
XXXVIII
167
XXXIX
174
XL
178
XLI
200
XLII
206
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2006)

As a member of the Bromley contingent which also included Siouxie Sioux, Steve Severin, Billy Idol and Jordan, Marshall is the ideal narrator of a tale which takes in Malcolm MacClaren and Vivienne Westwood?s SEX shop, the formation of the Sex Pistols, and the gay netherworld of late 70s London. Severin (also a member of The Bromley Contingent) is a founder member of the revered British Punk idols Siouxie and the Banshees.

Bibliographic information