I was positively miffed when I missed out on the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition at Somerset House last summer so the news that a coffee table book is on its way was music to my ears. The pioneering exhibition was the brainchild of music photographer Dean Chalkley and renowned fashion creative director Harris Elliott. Return of the Rudeboy explored the significance of the 21st century rudeboy. And before you get ahead of yourself rudeboy dress sense isn’t sagging baggy jeans and an oversized white tee – it refers to a style of dress closely connected to the music movements of 1950s American Jazz and R&B. The exhibition and book is a celebration of this burgeoning subculture.
In collaboration with British electronics brand Goodmans, a specially curated ‘Rudeboy Salon’ will be in place at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June. Members of the public will have the opportunity to purchase the book as well as view a specially commissioned art and sound installation by artist Andrew Ibi. Ibi has collaborated with sound company Goodmans to produce the ‘Rudeboy Sound System’ installation – two bespoke speaker stacks made from 90 Goodmans ‘Heritage’ radios, designed and appropriated with Andrew’s distinctive freehand style.
The book is available exclusively on the 5th & 6th June at The Hospital Club on a first come, first served basis. Visit returnoftherudeboy.com for more information.