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Ian Dury: The Royal Academy of Jackthelademy

Mike Stand, The Face, December 1980

THE ARTIST, cultivator of a thousand verbaceous boarders, sits on a plastic chair in this desert of a room. Cropped short his greying hair gives him a suitably arid appearance, emphasising stone-like slabs of cheek and brow. Root out the inner sleeve of New Boots And Panties and see what a difference a haircut makes. Let his curls grow and he's nice-to-handsome; hack them off and he's rugged-to-menacing.

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