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Royston Ellis (1941-), Writer

Sitter in 2 portraits
The writer Royston Ellis, was influenced by the American Beat poets. His first book, Jiving to Gyp: A Sequence of Poems (1959), chronicled life in Soho coffee shops and jazz clubs. In 1959, backed by various artists including Cliff Richard and the Drifters, Jimmy Page and the Beatles, Ellis appeared in various shows performing his 'rocketry', a mix of music and poetry that had been popularised by Jack Kerouac and others.

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Royston Ellis

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
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Royston Ellis

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1960
NPG x135197