“'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.
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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.