Keeping its Shoreditch-cool credentials up to date is coming easy to the Ace Hotel London as it starts a new monthly club to take a look at some of the world’s most famous album covers.

The hotel’s new series of Cover Club evenings kicks off with one that’s likely to keep the pretty things of East London happy – designer Terry Pastor will be speaking about his design of David Bowie’s 1971 album Hunky Dory (detail pictured above). The release is considered one of Bowie’s best, and the cover has become as iconic as the music itself.

While Pastor met with Bowie in pubs around London several times to discuss ideas for Hunky Dory and his later work Ziggy Stardust, his career has seen his work appear on other wonderful and weird acts, including prog rock pioneers Soft Machine and even an album by illusionist Uri Geller.

Set in the no-frills basement of the Shoreditch High Street venue, Pastor’s talk kicks off at 8pm, before DJs take over from 10-30pm until 1-30am to play out the evening with music that inspired the designer (for Pastor, think early rock’n’roll, prog rock and psychedelic rock).

Meanwhile, Bowie’s record-breaking exhibition David Bowie Is will open in Berlin in May, a city hailed as responsible for both his creative reinvention and, indeed, some of his greatest work. The Berlin version of the exhibition will include additional work and memorabillia from that time.

Cover Club opens with Terry Pastor’s talk on 12 March 2014, Downstairs at Ace Hotel,
100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ at 8pm. Admission is free, and more details can be found at the event’s Facebook page. David Bowie Is shows at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstra?e 7, 10963 Berlin from 20 May to 10 August. Tickets and more details are available here.

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