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GALLERY: Rowan Bulmer
Valerie Siebert , January 30th, 2015 15:44

In 2012, Tahita Bulmer of NYPC discovered masses of contact sheets of her father Rowan's photographs of the big names of Swinging London: Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Elton John and more among them. Here, Rowan talks Val Siebert through ten of our favourites. Photographs courtesy of Rowan Bulmer

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Eric Clapton 
He was occasionally in a band, but before everything Eric Clapton used to sleep at my mother and father's house at weekends back when he lived at his grandmother's on the other side of Kingston, going Guildford way. I used to pay for him to go to the Sunday pictures! We used to all go, all of us, including Rod Stewart sometimes, to the Sunday pictures in Richmond.

Eric Clapton, I was very close to at one time, though he did start ignoring me. But I think that's to do with embarrassment. I don't know why, but he'd see me and disappear. You could see him looking a bit awkward. We were very close at a certain time. I don't think I offended him or anything, I just think it was because he was moving up and I was a part of his past scene. I mean, I've done that when I was a child, you know, someone that started hanging around when I was hanging around and I pretended that I didn't know him. I think it's to do with levels. I wasn't as high as he was in the hierarchy. I'm not saying that's true, but that's the only real reason I can think of.


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