The Martin Jones Archives - Part 1
Martin Jones was Goldie's manager and agent from 1984-89, initially covering the early period when Goldie was both a breakdancer and graffiti artist for the Wolverhampton B Boys, then in his career with Supreme Graffiti Team and later as the UK part of the New York/UK 'Transatlantic Federation' crew with Bristol's 3D (later of Massive Attack). In the late 80s he secured several high profile art commissions and appearances on BBC and ITV for Goldie. Martin took thousands of shots of the UK Hip Hop scene in the 80s, which he is now cataloguing as part of a national UK Hip Hop Archive. Here are some examples from the archive - if you were around at the time and have any photos of the UK Hip Hop scene you think might be of interest, please contact Martin on [email protected] Image 1: Early days. Goldie joins the B Boys breakdance team from Wolverhampton. Auditions for the Electro Rock UK breakdance film, held at Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, February 1985. Front row, left to right: Keith ‘Kiddo’ Anderson, Hanifa McQueen Hudson, Gary ‘Birdie’ Burns. Back row, left to right: Goldie, Mark ‘Freestyle’ Ansine, Cliff ‘Lewinski’ Malcolm. Photo: Martin Jones. I first met Goldie in September 1984. He was one of four new dancers recruited to replace members of the original B Boys breakdance team who had left due to work commitments. By February 1985, the new B Boys had gelled into a well- choreographed professional unit under their manager, Violet Hudson - with Goldie in a dual role as a dancer/graffiti artist. The first gig I arranged for them as an agent was a nationally televised battle against arch-rivals Future Shock from Coventry on ITV’s Saturday morning children’s show, ‘Saturday Starship’, hosted by Tommy Boyd and Bonnie Langford, for which Goldie provided a graffiti mural backdrop. By late autumn 1984, there were rumours of a British breakdance film. I contacted James Street Productions in Covent Garden to offer help in selecting acts from the West Midlands - I set up a day of auditions at Midlands Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre in Birmingham attended by the producers, Robin Hogarth and Richard Gayer. Eventually they selected the B Boys (Goldie was still a dancer at this point) and Birmingham’s Mr Riddles to attend the filming at Peter Stringfellow’s London Hippodrome, in March 1985. Several months later, around the time of the film’s release on Polygram Video, the B Boys promoted the film with sponsorship from Puma, dancing live on the BBC’s ‘Saturday Superstore’ (interviewed by Vicki Liquorish) and TV South’s ‘Freeze Frame’. By this time however, Goldie had gone on to a solo career as a graffiti artist and was replaced in the group by Ray ’Reano’ Robinson.