I think I met Peter in about 2009. Maybe a bit before, but not much. I was shooting local gigs, and through a promoter called Tommy Kennedy IV I had met and started doing pictures of Steve Dior. Steve was a real interesting guy with a long history and I liked him a lot. He was also fantastic to make pictures of, which got me going. So Steve knew Peter, and they both had history that went all the way back to Sid and the dolls and Johnny Thunders, and Steve was still gigging with this young bunch of pretty boys….and it was like ‘fuck, why the hell not?’
Me and Peter clicked pretty good, I really liked his work and he was fun and dangerous to hang with….even in his mid fifties (are you sure? ed) peter is still pretty wild when he gets to it . I like that.
I really must give him a call and see what he’s up to.
Peter Gravelle @ delinquents recording session, Fulham. © John Gladdy 2012
I saw Sid’s mother, Anne Beverley, sitting there. Now his mother was a “no go” area. A lot of people maintain that Sid had this wonderful close relationship with his mother. Not that I saw. Any time that I was with him and he saw his mother come in to a place he would say “Lets hide, Peter”. He didn’t want to see her. His mother couldn’t take care of herself, let alone take care of Sid. Malcolm McLaren should have done a much better job on that one. It was like “send one reject over to take care of another reject”….Get a grip, Malcolm! But as long as he could wash his hands of it and as long as he didn’t need to pay too much for it, then it was perfect. It led to the guy’s death, maybe. – Peter Gravelle.
Steve Dior first came to attention of the London scene in 1975 when as no more than a teenager he was giving guitar lessons to Steve Jones.! Steve Dior grew up in the thick of the London Punk movement but was eventually taken over to New York by (his now friend) Johnny Thunders where he fell in with former New York Dolls ‘Arthur Killer Kane’ & ‘Jerry Nolan’ forming ‘The Idols’ who’re probably best remembered for backing Sid Vicious at his 1978 Max’s Kansas City gigs.
Peter Gravelle @ Proud gallery Camden. © John Gladdy 2012
I’dP alPready done some single covers but it was the first punk album and it got me a lot of exposure. I was working with Generation X and the Sex Pistols. I went to Scandinavia on the tour with them [Sex Pistols] and trying to get a lot of pictures of them, but Malcolm McLaren wasn’t paying me. McLaren was too cheap to hire anybody. – Peter Gravelle.
Steve had this young band around him. I first saw them when they had a singer named Jaden. She really had it going on. She looked tragically great and she could sing. Then she left, or took a holiday..or something, and Steve just kept the band going. I liked steve and I loved doing pictures of him and the band.
And then one day Steve left the band and they got a new frontman and changed their name to Pink Cigar..Which is a bout where I said hasta la bye bye to them.
About a year or so after Steve left the band I was at some Mayfair club shooting a gig/catwalk modelling/fashionista kind of do for Johny Rocca’s label launch with The Rotten Hill Gang, and I bump into The ex delinquents bass player and the new frontman of Pink Cigar trying hard to take their roles as Models for the night seriously.
My conflict became more of, I wanted to do just the photographs. I didn’t always come up with the ideas. That would be a collaborate effort, but I didn’t really want to be stuck doing the graphics. People more and more tended to want you to. I really should have used it as a springboard, looking back, getting into doing video’s and all sorts, but I was at the time, and probably still am in a way, a purist as regards photography and I can’t change that. I can’t be one of these universal people. So I enjoyed a period of about two years where I could just go to any record company and ask for whatever I wanted. It cost £2000 back then for a photo session, so it was a fortune. – Peter Gravelle
All the Quotes I use here by Peter have been lifted from a full interview at Mudkiss and it is well worth going over there and reading the entire thing.