In celebration of the legendary 100 Club, a venue with as much character as the bands booked to play there, Ditto are publishing a book of anecdotal stories from its 75-year history. From the musicians who have played there through to the bar staff and the customers they served, each unique story adds to the legend and myth.
The 100 Club, launched in 1942 as the Feldman Swing Club, was frequented by GIs during the war, and by the stars of British and global jazz in the 1950s, including BB King and Muddy Waters.
But it was in the 1970s that it became an iconic venue for the punk scene, hosting “the 100 Club Punk Special”, an event which included the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Clash, Buzzcocks and The Damned. The event cemented punk as an idea and subculture.
It wasn’t just incredible bands that emerged from this independent venue, but tribes of fans devoted to new ways of thinking. “100 Club Stories” will be published in spring, with various digital activations and events throughout the 75th anniversary year which runs until September 2018. The book will feature stories from everyone from club punters to internationally famous musicians, alongside archive imagery, much of it completely unseen prior to now. It will be case bound with a screen printed cover, coloured papers and special inks, a truly fitting artefact for one of the UK’s most beloved institutions.