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Baby Oil and Ice lifts the veil on the shadowy world of pub striptease in London's East End. Inside its 176 pages are 116 full-colour photographs by Julie Cook and Sarah Ainslie, plus writing by the strippers, staff and customers themselves, collated by Lara Clifton. Baby Oil and Ice offers a unique glimpse inside the minds of those who participate in this erotic and mysterious trade.
Baby Oil and Ice is a lavish, large-format hardback documenting a fast-disappearing part of 'old London'. Shoreditch, that small but vibrant area just east of Liverpool Street station in east London, is the centre of London's shady and once-thriving strip-pub culture. But due to the gentrification of the area and the threat of the East London Line development at Bishopsgate, many of the pubs have either closed or are closing down and some will be demolished to make way for the trains. Photographers Julie Cook and Sarah Ainslie were given unprecedented access to the venues and to the women themselves using hidden cameras (photography is strictly prohibited in strip pubs) and their photographs are a mixture of candid shots of the strippers relaxing, preparing for work and performing, and images of the architecture (many of the venues are once grand Victorian gin palaces) and the punters' reaction to what they're being shown. Lara Clifton, a dancer for many years, has persuaded many of the women, staff and customers to put their motivations, thoughts and ideas into writing and these are scattered throughout the book. A fine, beautiful book that is part social history, part erotica. We are very proud to be its publisher.See all Product Description
This is an interesting book but be aware that it is quite visual, using a lot of photos, rather than text.Published 14 months ago by J C Mitchinson
From East London to Essex...from Hornchurch to Chelmsford I must of seen all the `girls` featured in this book... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2007 by William Dickens
A great idea but to be honest it is a bit dated,
The girls apart from a cople are NOT page three material and the comics are NOT ver PC or funny. Read more
I was a little dissapointed as the book is not that HOT and pretty tame compared to what goes on in pubs and clubs today. Read morePublished on 13 May 2007 by Martin Bryce
The girls in this book are stunning and the trip back in time is a wonderful walk.
I can still remember all the strippers - Cindy - Sally - Julie ARE all in my memory -... Read more
A facsinating insight into the golden age of pub entertainment. The strippers were like the girl-next-door and the comics were blue - but they were entertaining. Read morePublished on 10 May 2007 by Charles Windsor