I could listen to my good friend the Iconic London Pop Artist Duggie Fields’ stories for hours. Whilst still at school in the early 60’s he would take the train from Borehamwood where he and his family were living at the time to London to see unknown bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Who in Jazz Clubs with less than 50 people in attendance! This was before either band had record deals!! He was close friends with Mickey Finn from T-REX and was Syd Barrett’s roomate for years! He was surrounded by the sound of Pink Floyd rehearsing in the flat daily! Can you imagine! It was such an exciting time when Duggie made the move to London to attend the Chelsea School of Art- living just off the King’s Road where (quoted by the media) all the beautiful people were-Duggie included! His group included Ozzie Clark- fresh out of The Royal College Of Art-who was based in the trendiest shop in the King’s Road when London’s fashion scene exploded! I’ve known Duggie since I was 19 when we would go clubbing together in London and while I was living in Earls Court Square very near to Duggie I would bring over homemade chicken soup when on some nights we just wanted to curl up and watch movies! I was so happy Tallulah was finally able to meet him! He let her draw in his studio on the floor surrounded by colorful pots of paint and was completely at ease even though she was drawing next to a painting in progress worth several thousand dollars!! I was relieved when she decided to explore the Barbie doll sculpture in the adjoining room. After lunch we went for a walk through one of Duggie’s favorite haunts- Brompton Cemetery. Fanny Brawne and the Marchesa Luisa Casati are both buried here amongst other notables in this beautiful cemetery. I was rather surprised I had not been before.
Artist, style Icon, recording artist- I am continuosly inspired by Duggie-he has just published a book Just Around The Corner -A sort of social diary-a love affair that was and continues to be the beautiful city of LONDON!