New York had CBGB, Paris had Les Bains Douches, Amsterdam had the Paradiso, Manchester had its Haçienda… And from 1979 to 1986 the Belgian capitol Brussels had Plan K, a wondrous “counter-cultural centre” housed in a former sugar refinery, and destination of choice for those seeking cutting edge music, avant-garde happenings, films, dancing, and industrial architecture.
The list of headline attractions at Plan K reads like a who’s who of post-punk. Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, William S. Burroughs, The Human League, Orange Juice, Josef K, Scritti Politti, James White, Tuxedomoon, Front 242, Bauhaus, The Slits and many more. Most of these legendary performances were documented by noted new wave photographer Philippe Carly, who has selected the best of his images for this rich and varied book, giving readers a unique opportunity to relive these moments as if they were standing in the front row.
Pride of place goes to all 56 images shot by Philippe at two landmark shows by Joy Division at the venue on October 16, 1979 and January 17, 1980. However, he has scanned and carefully restored 300+ original negatives from more than 70 different performances at Plan K.
In addition, Philippe has invited musicians, journalists, collaborators, designers and spectators to share their memories and anecdotes*.
«From taking these photos to designing this book it’s been a labour of love» says Philippe.
Whether you are interested in photography and design, or simply nostalgic about some of the greatest bands of the post-punk era, this book will be what your coffee table has always been waiting for.
* Stephan Barbery (Digital Dance), Martyn Bates (Eyeless In Gaza), Marc Borgers (graphic artist), Vincent Cassidy (Section 25), Jean-Luc De Meyer (Front 242), André Delier (architect, Plan K collaborator), François Delotte (journalist), Yannic Duchesne (journalist), Michel Duval (Les Disques du Crépuscule), Karen Finley (performing artist), Frédéric Flamand (Plan K founder), Philippe Genion (à;GRUMH…), Isabelle Hanrez (Passengers, Isabelle et les Nic-Nacs), Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order, the Light), Michael Leahy (Mad Virgins), Jean-Marc Lederman (Digital Dance, Kid Montana), Philippe Lomprez (Trisomie 21), Sébastien Ministru (journalist), Jean-François Octave (Les Disques du Crépuscule), Marc Oschinsky (journalist), Gerard Pas (visual artist), Michel Sordinia (the Names), Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness), Etienne Vernaeve (Isolation Ward)