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on 1 October 2014
A truely brilliant and unique book about one of the retail icons of the 60's/ 70's, yet how many people even knew his name.
A real priviledge to own this 'Collectable'.
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on 17 April 2014
what a fantastic book, i purchased clothes from this guy and wanted to look back and read about him, i was not dissapointed
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on 31 August 2012
If you were in the London 60s scene you will love this book about Tommy Roberts aka Mr Freedom. Memories will come flooding back.
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on 21 August 2012
Paul Gorman's beautifully illustrated and well-written biography of the fashion and design entrepreneur Tommy Roberts throws a deserved and long overdue spotlight on a man who helped shape British pop fashion of the early seventies. There was so much more to the Roberts story and his influence on British design - as Sir Paul Smith readily acknowledges in his introduction - than I was aware of. A former Goldsmith's art student, Roberts started off near Carnaby Street in the swinging sixties selling military dress uniforms to such rock luminaries as Jimi Hendrix and The Who. But it was as his alter ego, the flamboyant Mr Freedom, that he introduced the fizzing bright comic book colours of Pop Art and the imagery of Disney cartoons to British fashion and became famous as a result.
Mr Freedom first found expression in a Chelsea World's End boutique (in premises later taken over by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood) before moving to a larger store at the bottom of Kensington Church Street, opposite Biba. With Kensington Market just around the corner, the area became the focal point of trendy London with Mr Freedom at the forefront. Robert's designs were worn on stage and film by Elton John, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Marc Bolan and his famous T shirts were snapped up almost as soon as they went on sale. Paul Gorman's carefully researched story also takes us through Robert's days as music manager of Ian Dury and Kilburn and the High Roads, his pioneering of fashion retail in London's Covent Garden, through the post modernist hi tech design ethos of his shop Practical Styling, right up to his present day Tom Tom -a contemporary furniture shop just the other side of Shoreditch. Robert's, ahead of the crowd, as always, opened his premises in 2001. Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero, is an essential read for anyone interested in British design and Pop culture.
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on 18 April 2014
When Paul was writing the book, I'd heard news that he was compiling stuff. Couldn't make down to the launch, then forgot all about it. Then poor Tommy kicked the bucket, what a loss but at least this is a record of his achievements. I always regretted that it was not on the list of great British achievements which has now been rectified. Bravo Paul
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