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"R"  IS FURTHER EVIDENCE OF THE THREE 'P' THEORY OF GERMANY: THAT THEY ARE, ON THE WHOLE, ESPECIALLY GOOD AT POETRY, PHILOSOPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY. THEY ALSO DO NINETEEN EIGHTIES NEW WAVE NO WAVE NU MUSIC NO MONEY LIVING ON NOTHING IN A SQUAT PRETTY WELL TOO.


Images of "R" from "R" by the photographer Will McBride. Self-published in Frankfurt in 1988. "R" was Richard Geldmacher, a teenage poet of whom not much more is known. Will McBride was/is a great German in the tradition of Goethe, Kant and Andreas Gursky! McBride made his name as a photographer for Twen. He has published thirty books of which this small volume is many times over our favourite. 
 

Time to think. Gelmacher's poems provide the text for the book. We have read "R" in the 2014 Google translation. The poems match the mood of these pictures. They read a little like the colour section of  Wings of Desire . There is one here -  Wie Schatten / As Shadow.
 

Life is a mattress on the floor. That is not an attempt by us to get all philosophical, btw! Also there are two bottles of champagne at their bedroom picnic: the lack of a bed frame maybe more about priorities than poetry!
 

Notebook on a city and its clothes. This is so worthy of attention. Like some kind of new wave traveller / Jim Morrison meets Joseph Beuys look. What's not to want in triplicate? 
 

A disco with the lights on and the heating off (there are a lot of jackets). it is the most remarkable record of the such-as-it-was scene in Frankfurt circa 1987. It stands alone in that respect and in others too (definite attempt at poetry on our part that time!). See how great it is on this superlink. We have two copies. Signed or unsigned
 

All we ever wanted was the David Bowie cover issue of L'Uomo Vogue!   But not so much even for Bowie - though it is an extraordinary portrait by Bruce Weber - but much more the 100 pages of editorial. It is another night special! We wrote about one of these before - here  (we may have that issue again very soon). Back to the Bowie Notte Speciale. In fact, as the Paris section is titled, it is a 'Wild and crazy night' special. See the pictures below. 
 

It is the ultimate reference to late night, late seventies super posh society club style. Also includes spreads from New York courtesy of Anton Perich and  NIGHT  magazine.  See it here and want it so much much. 100 pages! The night that never ends!!
 
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