ROCK IS MY LIFE - The Skydog Story  An exhibition of historical rock memorabilia from Marc Zermati, founder of the legendary SKYDOG RECORDS, takes place at the 'JOE STRUMMER SUBWAY' in Edgware Road, London W2 May 7th - 29th.  Two Iggy re-releases coincide.  Skydog Records was the first independent punk rock label.  Starting in Paris in 1973, pre-dating Stiff Records by 4 years - Stiff used Skydog's London distribution arm Bizarre to sell their early records.  Prior to Skydog, Zermati opened the Paris underground music store The Open Market, and over his almost 40 years in rock music has amassed a vast collection.  Marc will open his files and boxes and display a range of rare posters, original drawings and lithographs.  In a second room of the Gallery, the atmosphere of the Open Market will be recreated, with vinyl, stickers, badges, tickets for concerts and backstages, letters from musicians, original drawings, articles from the international rock press, and photographs of musicians, artists & friends.  'Rock is my Life' will feature Iggy Pop & the Stooges, Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground, Motorhead, Damned, Slits, Elvis Costello, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, the Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, Eddie & the Hot Rods, the New York graphic artist Futura 2000, and Jamie Reed, the illustrator for the Sex Pistols.  Also rare early posters from Sex Pistols, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, The Ramones, Jim Morrison and The Cramps, among many others.  Early Skydog releases included the Flamin Groovies, the visionary Kim Fowley, Ducks Deluxe, Motorhead, The Damned, and in 1976 an LP of the last live show by Iggy and the Stooges, 'Metallic KO'.  Also in '76 Zermati organized the first punk music festival, Mont de Marsan, in south-west France, featuring The Damned, Doctor Feelgood, The Gorillas and Eddie & the Hot Rods.  In '77, more than 4000 people attended his second Mont de Marsan punk festival, featuring The Clash, The Police, The Damned and Doctor Feelgood.  To coincide with both the exhibition and Iggy & the Stooges touring Europe this year, Skydog reissue two recent Iggy releases at mid-price: - Iggy & the Stooges 'Telluric Chaos' (SK20053) is a live document of the reunited Stooges, some 30 years after their infamous last gig, 'Metallic KO' on Skydog.  Iggy Pop 'Acoustics KO' (SK20071) finds Iggy unusually solo and acoustic, both on a DVD with various performances, together with a CD of 10 acoustic studio recordings.  Skydog is distributed by Jungle Records.  'Rock is my Life'  The SKYDOG Story - Marc Zermati Private Collection 7 May - 29 May Subway Gallery, Kiosk 1, Joe Strummer Subway, Edgware Road / Harrow Road London W2 1DX Info: Alan Hauser at Jungle  PS:  ***Press party on Thurs May 6th!*** --  Jungle - new address: - Research House, Fraser Road, Perivale, Middlesex UB6 7AQ Tel. +44(0)20 8537 3444  ~  Fax. +44(0)20 8537 3201  ~ 
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