In 1976, a 16 year old called Julia Fodor left school, got a job at a hairdressers, and started to make her own life.
She did this in central London.
Julia Fodor eventually became Princess Julia, one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met.
Last week, Princess Julia opened up her diary from the time for us. You can read the first extract by clicking here.
We rejoin the Secret Punk Diary of Julia Fodor on 5 June 1977, just before the Royal Jubilee… And keep your eye out for Julia giving Alan Bates a perm…
Here’s what the diary looks like inside.
The first entry from today’s extract.
And the phone number for Swanky Modes, one of Julia’s preferred clothing stores.
The Diary continued
Things seem to be getting rather diverse, some highs and lows and my life is soon to be filled with the mundane task of finding work and the experiencing a world of going out to gigs, discos and bars. I seem a bit boy obsessed but I’m also obsessed with style and working out my own look. It’s been quite a year since the 16 year old me sat eating my supper and saw this on TV,
the Bill Grundy interview on December 1st 1976, the fateful interview where the Sex Pistols with members the Bromley Contingent went on the Today show live and began to outrage the nation… I was now living the dream.
5th June 77: Didn’t go to bed until about six [am]. Two creeps gave us a lift and we couldn’t get rid of them. Got up about 4 o’clock.
6th June 77: Decided to hitch to Norwich but got as far as Harlow and decided to turn back as it was too far. Went to a street party in the evening. [It was the Royal Jubliee, I didn't have much interest in it but went to this street party anyway, it was here I recognized John Maybury from the clubs, we talked and soon became friends bumping into each other from time to time.]
7th June 77: After the street party hitched a lift and decided to sleep out to see the Queen. So there we were [my friend Secola and I] asleep on the pavement, got up early. We were the only two punk rockers there, but we got a good view. [Secola was obsessed by the Royal family, she actually thought the Sex Pistols song 'God save the Queen' was patriotic, somehow missing the punch line 'a facist regime', which she sung at full volume as the procession went by. She came from Africa and her parents had hoped that she would take up a career as a nurse. She somehow ended up in Smile training to be become a hairdresser. A stunning black girl, her look was bleached blond cropped hair that was liable to change colour at any given time, she wore Seditionaires with skyscraper heels and tore around town with limitless energy. She was also obsessed with Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols]
9th June 77: Went to Brighton last night instead of going to the Sex Pistols party. [Missed them again!] Met a nice guy…
12th June 77: Didn’t look like I was going out when I phoned Secola, but went to a party with Kay. Met Mick and another guy Phil, got home at 1am.
18th June 77: Met Phil after work in the Crown and Sceptre. Went for something to eat then to the Blitz – everybody was there.
20th June 77: Last night I went for a drink after work, took an overdose of pills which knocked me out for 24 hours. [I was on anti depressants which were basically downers] Phil did phone on Saturday night but I was out.
21st June 77: Woke up with the shakes. Had my ear pierced.
23rd June 77: Really busy [at work]. Model came in but I couldn’t perm it as it needs a cut, Phil phoned, it’s getting boring.
24th June 77: Met Phil got drunk.
27th June 77: Didn’t go home, went to Hyde Park about 11 in the morning and nicked the boats, Ollie went in to get the boats.
30th June 77: Really slagging me down at work. Met Ollie at Smile.
2nd July 77: Went up to Smile, went for a drink then went up the Blitz with Jimmy and Ollie [who were brothers]… lots of people.
5th July 77: Got the sack [from Crimpers], went round the pub saw Derek. The went round to Willies and the employment exchange. [I don't seem too worried about getting the sack do I? Well I had been warned]
8th July 77: Went up work to get my wages. Jeffrey didn’t give me my holiday pay. Went up the Blitz – saw Kay- then Louises [club], saw Jimmy and Vi. [Vi full name Violent Violet became a firm friend at this time and we'd often go out to the clubs together]
9th July 77: Went home then went back up [town] – went to the Roxy to see Mean Streets. Really bad. [The Roxy was on Neal Street owned by Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington who later went on to run The Vortex and then in the 80's The Fridge in Brixton. A very entrapenurial couple they seemed to have many creative interests. At the Roxy they put on the latest bands, some of them survived some disappeared into the cult status realm]
10th July 77: Spent all day at Secola’s. We went to Hyde Park and went for a drink later. I really miss John. [John seems to be somebody that I'm seeing at this time]
11th July 77: Mon – Went home then went to Crackers to see Siouxsie and the Banshees.
12 July 77: Tues, After getting up late went to see Secola at Smile with Bones. Then I signed on the dole then I stayed in, John should be back soon.
14th July 77: Thurs, Johns card came this morning, went to the doctor about getting the pill. Mandy said John was back – John phoned later, got an interview at Columbe.
15th July 77: Smashed 6 eggs, John came round – went up the Kings Road – went up the Blitz.
17th July 77: Slept round Secola’s, Mandy and her friend got drunk. Louises is closed down cause the punks bashed it up.
24th July 77: Sun, stayed round Johns all day went home in the evening. Vi and Jimmy had a row so there having a trial separation.
25th July 77: Vi phoned up in tears so I said come round. [She split up with Jimmy] Went to a hairdressing job agency got an interview for tomorrow.
26th July 77: Met Vi at Baker Street where I had the interview, had something to eat. Vi had her hair done at Smile – black. Went to see John – he had the hump, said he was tired.
27th July 77: Went with Willie to a spiritualist meeting – really creepy. Joseph Kendall [Hairdressers] phoned, but I was out. [Joseph Kendall was quite a mainstream hairdressers, I wasn't quite a bona fide stylist but I was allowed to do clients]
28th July 77: Joseph Kendall called in the morning – so now I’ve got a temporary job, went to see Gran met Sharon at Clapham Junction.
29th July 77: Cut mums hair – Mandy phoned – said John was tired. Went up the Blitz it’s getting bad up there, slept at the flat.
30th July 77: Sat, Worked at Joseph Kendalls, he gave me a fiver. Phoned John said he got in at 4 last night, I think he’s gone off me. Phoned me up and said he was selling posters again said he would phone me up at 12. Well he didn’t, I like him so much. I wish he liked me, I just can’t stop thinking about him.
11th August 77: Permed Alan Bates [actor] hair and two other people. [I remember Alan Bates as being quite a well respected actor, he had his hair permed for a role he was playing, a costume drama I believe]
15th August 77: Had the day off, brought some tops from Seditionaires. Mandy phoned, went up the Vortex with Vi, Lynn saw Paul. Chris Spedding [was on].
9th August 77: Tues, went to sign on the dole, brought some trousers and Alex [my brother] a t-shirt so I only owe him a £1. Went to Ocean Boulevard – looks promising. [Covent Garden was slowly coming to life on it's periferies and Ocean Boulevard was a new salon in the area]
16th August 77: Went up the Vortex – got soaking wet – had a bit of a laugh. Peanuts stayed round.
19th August 77: John just packed me up. I knew it was coming. Didn’t go out as it was late at night. Vi and co went up the Roxy, said it was rubbish.
20th August 77: Sat, went to a really great party. John was there and asked me out again, met this other guy.
22nd August 77: Went to work-went up the Vortex to see the Models. [The Models were guitar player Marco Perroni's band who went on to form Rema Rema and then Adam and the Ants. He became a friend around this time]
23rd August 77: Day off, got a ‘destroy’ shirt, [from Seditionaires] went with Maree to sign her on the dole. Saw John in Smile, met Steve up the Vortex – he likes me.
24th August 77: Got up for work, woke Steve up and had a cuddle with him before I went to work. Did Steves hair at work-turned out a bit patchy. Went up the Speakeasy to see the Models, saw Kenny out of Mean Streets. [The Speakeasy was an old late night jazz haunt, we only went there if there was absolutely nowhere else to go. They had a late night license so if there was no where else to go we might go there]
27th August 77: Sat. Busy day at work, went to the Speak with Maree and Secola.
29th August 77: Went to Carnival. Maree got attacked – went up the Vortex, saw Steve. Oliver [Ollie] was at the Carnival.
30th August 77: Went to work, told them I was leaving at the end of the week, Marie [who worked there] told me that Mrs Howie needed someone. [Mrs Howie was Paul Howie and PR Lynn Franks shop on Long Acre, Covent Garden]
5th September 77: Went to see Mrs Howie, they said they didn’t need anyone. Phoned up Ocean Boulevard and I’m going there on Friday.
6th September 77: Ben cut my hair for the competition went up the Vortex, saw Steve, Kath won the competition, John was with Lynn.
9th September 77: Got the job in Ocean B, went to the Blitz, full of posers.
11th September 77: Sat. The days are mixed up. Anyway went to see The Jam. Blimey what a load of wallies off stage but good anyway. [The Jam got a mixed crowd, they were essentially mods but the scenes at the time merged so the audience consisted of punks, skinheads and mods]
13th September 77: Mon. I don’t like the manager much [I started my new job at Ocean Boulevard today] went up the Vortex, not very good, Secola went later on but didn’t stay.
14th September 77: I don’t really feel at ease in OB. They’ve started calling me Max cause of my trousers [in reference to Mall Wall, I wore the black Swanky Modes tight lycra leggings and obviously they'd never seen anything quite like it], finished quite late again.
18th September 77: Sat. Thought I was a bit late. Got the sack. [Well that job didn't last long did it!] Went to see Maree but she was at lunch, went home. Went to Sloanes at night.
20th September 77: Mon. Went down the dole, I’ve got to sign on all over again. Went up the Vortex, Bernie said Clash were playing, good reggae band on.
21st September 77: Tues. Didn’t do anything, Eddies band was on yesterday, they’re getting a new lead singer. Got the ticket for Clash with Maree.
1st October 77: Sat. Got some more money but it’s got to last until next week. Went to a party, saw Iggy Pop.
3rd October 77: Mon. Didn’t go to the Vortex, I’m really fed up.
4th October 77: Signed on. Didn’t do anything. I just don’t know what to do with my life.
15th October 77: Sat. Went to Swanky Modes, but my trousers aren’t ready so I went to see Maree, she’s getting really hooked on Sebastian. [Sebastian Conran who used to come round the Knightsbridge flat at 5 Ennismore Gardens, Flat 3, where I would often stay]
20th October 77: Went to see the Hearbreakers + Models + Siouxsie and the Banshees. Went to the party afterwards at the Rainbow.
23rd October 77: Vi phoned, went up the flat and then saw X-Ray Specs at the Nashville Rooms.
25th October 77: Kath’s birthday, met Vi went up the Vortex, really good I got so drunk, Kay and the gang were there.
6th November 77: Sun. Stayed round Vi’s, went to see The Heartbreakers , Models in Croyden. Marco [Pirroni] gave us £5 to get in.
7th November 77: Went to Capital [Radio, near Warren Street, where there was a job centre] with Vi, I went home and she went to Marco’s for the day. [Marco's family had a restaurant on Tottenham Court Road]
11th November 77: Skinhead party (Frid) got some great tights and borrowed Vi’s dental nurse overall, really good party.
14th November 77: Mon. Cleared out my room, Vi phoned me, ain’t going to the Music Machine as Marco has decided not to take us.
18th November 77: Frid: Went for an interview, I quite enjoyed it. Went to see Wayne County [and the Electric Chairs who later would become Jayne County] really good, went to West Hampstead with Marco but [later] went home.
21st November 77: Mon, went into work, [I seem to have a new job, I remember now I got a job making suede and leather clothes for Jean Muir in a tiny flat off Oxford Street. Vi worked at Frank Usher, at Oxford Circus so we would meet and go to gigs after work] went to see the Heartbreakers + Mean Streets at the Vortex, quite good, talked to Steve + Steve Davis.
26th November 77: Went to see Adam and the Ants. Kay was there, Tony, Pauline.
3rd December 77: Sat. Went to see Sex Pistols film, went to Seditionaires, shut, went to see Salon Kitty and went and got some records after.
9th December 77: She [the woman who ran the out work shop for Jean Muir] swizzed me out of half an hours pay. Vi got my bondage trousers, she got a top, went to see Chris Spedding.
14th December 77: Went to see Siouxsie and the Banshees + Pentration + Buzzcocks at The Roundhouse. Marco was there, Banshees were good.
12th December 77: Went to Vortex to see Wayne County, really good. [There was this Rock-Billy thing going on as well, Jayne County tapped into it with her band The Electric Chairs and with Levi & the Rockats. She created a scenario with song 'Eddie & Sheena' which came out early 1978 on Safari records in the UK. She gave me this pamphlet at the time, which was part of the concept for the record release, and I was very excited about the art work. Levi and the Rockats were managed Lee Black Childers who was also around].
Budgie [as he was calling himself then. Real name Steve Harrington he later went on to rename himself Steve Strange and that's a whole other story, was quite a character dressed in head to toe in Seditionairies and looked amazing, we would see him around and often wondered how he could afford all those clothes as Seditionaires was quite expensive] was there no one else went.
26th December 77: Siouxsie and the Banshees at the Music Machine. Really good, met Steve + Mick.
31st December 77: Sat, went to see the Ramones, I think Steve fancies me.