David Corio

Ian Dury

Kilburn, London
(June 10, 1979)

I first met Ian Dury in my sister’s flat in Wandsworth in 1977. He was playing drums with Wreckless Eric who was my sister’s boyfriend. I was 17 and Ian was 34. He was very friendly and encouraged me to take music photos. Artistic and knowlegable with a unique sense of humour and a wicked laugh, Ian gave me a lot of confidence to do what I wanted to do. He often spoke in Cockney rhyming slang. Having had polio from an early age he sometimes refered to himself as a raspberry. Raspberry ripple = cripple. I was fascinated and thrilled to know him. He also introduced me to the highly regarded graphic designer Barney Bubbles who was also a big influence.
I went to many of Ian’s shows. He was an extraordinary performer and there was always a sense of mayhem on the stage. This live photo is one of my favourites. Ian saw me in the crowd, paused and looked straight at me, then set up the perfect pose.

Ian Dury