100 Club Stories: Fred Perry and Ditto launch new book to celebrate London's legendary club

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 when it became an iconic venue for the punk scene, hosting The 100 Club Punk Special, an event which featured the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Clash, Buzzcocks and The Damned, and, pretty much, cemented punk as an idea and subculture.

In celebration of this legendary club, a London venue with as much character as the bands booked to play there, Fred Perry and Ditto are releasing a book of anecdotal stories from its 75-year history. From the musicians who played there through to the bar staff and the customers they served, each unique story adds to the legend and myth of this celebrated club.

However, it wasn’t just incredible bands that emerged from this independent venue but also tribes of fans devoted to new ways of thinking. 100 Club Stories will be published this summer, with various digital activations and events throughout the club’s 75th anniversary year. The book will not only feature stories from everyone ranging from club punters to internationally famous musicians, but also archive images which have never been seen before. Some of which we've shared here. One for the coffee table.

 Dancers at the 100 Club take a break by Emily Beaver

Dancers at the 100 Club take a break by Emily Beaver

John Lydon at the 1976 Punk Special by Barry Plummer

John Lydon at the 1976 Punk Special by Barry Plummer

Siouxsie Sioux plays her first ever gig at the 1976 Punk Special by Barry Plummer

Siouxsie Sioux plays her first ever gig at the 1976 Punk Special by Barry Plummer

Revellers at the Nite Raid Club Night, 1986 by Gary Haisman

Revellers at the Nite Raid Club Night, 1986 by Gary Haisman