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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


Elton John and John Baldry
Whenever I saw Long John Baldry, he would yell across the room, very embarrassingly, "ROWAN! Queen that you are!! Come here dear!" And everyone would be staring at me. As you know, he was gay. I was quite pretty then and all the men would try and pick me up. I was always being chased. He was very open, and he was the mentor to Elton John and helped him through his coming out as you might say.

It wasn't until a long, long time afterwards that I discovered that this person, who I'd seen around and who was a bit wary of people and Elton John, were the same guy! Because I'd heard of Elton John, but I hadn't taken much notice of him at that time because I was doing other things. Surprisingly, he was very shy and had difficulty communicating back then.

I'm guessing this shot was taken at the Marquee Club. I knew John for donkey's years when he used to just play folk at a little club called Gyre And Gimble, which was near Villiers Street.