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During the late 1970s and 1980s I produced a large body of work for record companies and music promoters but most especially for John Pinder’s game- changing comic venue The Last Laugh. Pinder was a genius.. Way ahead of his time.

The photos included band shots of Nick Cave and The Boys Next Door, one of Australia’s most influential groups. I knew then Nick Cave would be a star. But several of his bandmates have not survived him. The photos were exhibited at Robert Imhoff’s Lighthouse Gallery in Prahran in 1984.They are now in the Performing Arts Museum at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, the largest specialist performing arts collection in Australia.

The first record cover photo session of The Boys Next Door. Nick Cave is third from left. On his left is Roland Howard, Mick Harvey to his right.

Scan-26-800x532Ricard Boulez was both a performer and sometime waiter 

Last-Laugh-waiters-photo-by-Michel-LawrenceThe waiters at bThe Last Laugh were half then fun! 

MICK-CONWAY-AT-THE-Last-Laugh-494x335Mick Conway from captain Matchbox

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Tracy Harvey from the Whittle Family

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Pete Farndon – who founded the Pretenders with Chrissie Hynde.

Pete was a great mate. I miss him.

 

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