Dancing Ledge

£9.99

The first in Derek Jarman’s autobiographical journals, spanning the 60s and 70s to its publication in 1984. It also contains an introduction from Jarman written in 1991, then famous and publicly living with HIV. In non-linear snippets and including photographs of Jarman’s artwork, he describes his sexual awakening in post-war England, his early struggles to create and find recognition for his art, and vivid accounts of his friends, lovers, and inspirations. ‘Dancing Ledge’ is Jarman’s first steps in telling his life story, and already has the immediacy, colour, and candour that became his trademark style.

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‘What started as a book on the frustration of funding led to the writing of an autobiography at forty… I had so little to do in the daylight hours, I stayed up late unbuttoning Levis in back rooms.’

In 1984 at the age of 40, the polymath film-maker Derek Jarman began to write his journals. In the first of these diaries, Dancing Ledge, we see his origins as a young artist, written with Jarman’s distinctive immediacy, curiosity, and candour. Behind-the-scenes of his first controversial films and stage designs, at glamorous launch parties with friends like David Hockney, Ossie Clarke and Patrick Proktor, to the trials of securing funding, Dancing Ledge is a coming-of-age memoir for all fledgling artists.

Dancing Ledge also chronicles a unique time in British history, capturing gay nightlife from the end of the war to the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

Additional information

Weight 0.17 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.3 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

791.430233092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K