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Biba - The Musical


Itís the story of a fantasy that became a fantastic reality. Itís the story of fashion, of the Swinging Sixties, of beautiful people, of a musical and cultural coming of age. London 1964. Biba started as a tiny boutique in a Kensington sidestreet and grew to become a huge department store Ė unlike any that had been seen before or ever will again. Bibaís ethos was to be affordable but chic, to be so very very cool it almost hurt. All who were so very cool hung out there, from Brigitte Bardot to the Rolling Stones. Flamingoes strutted their stuff on the Roof Garden, while the louche and glamorous sipped exotic and often illegal cocktails in the Rainbow Room.

By the mid-seventies, Biba, by now an icon in its own time, found itself struggling to survive in a world that had turned cold and grey, a world of strikes, power cuts and recession. Glam was gone, and the angry voice of punk was on the streets. Suddenly it was all over, almost as suddenly as it had started. But the memories lingered in the minds of the tens of thousands who had been touched by the style, the music, the hedonism and the beautiful decadence that was Biba.

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Champagne & Novacaine


Lounging seductively amidst five floors of oriental and Deco drapes, scatter cushions, rugs and the most outrageous high street fashion ever seen, lay your dreams - beckoning forward, away from the drear reality of early 70s Britain - and into a past and future that never was. To compliment the studied cool of white-lipped pin-legged anti-shopgirls - a never-ending soundtrack: starbursts of glitter-glam, taut Roxy chic and ghosts of the Deco era glimpsed briefly through Manhattan's sonic mirror stacks. Flying down to Rio W8, from A to Biba, to see, ran the itinerary - and for the first time, a collection of the music that accompanied that journey...

Released by Only Lovers Left Alive.