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The Chelsea Scoop

THE CHELSEA SCOOP. A ONE-
OFF SUPER SCARCE NIGHT-LIFE NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY CHARLES TENNANT (SON OF A BARON AND THE MOST MODERN PERSON ANDY WARHOL
EVER MET).

We have never seen this before. We had never even heard of it before. It was a complete surprise. It is the first (and very likely only) issue of The Chelsea Scoop. A large format night-life newspaper that was part Ritz , part Sniffin Glue and part News of The World. The Chelsea Scoop was published in London in 1978 by the 21 year old Charlie Tennant.

The Warhol interview is amazingly candid. Warhol is clearly very keen on the young nobleman (who, it should be noted, was the cousin of Stella Tennant and not bad looking himself). Numerous attempts are made by Warhol to steer the conversation towards sex and how adorable Charles is in general. The above transcript is fairly typical and gives rise to the brilliant 'most modern person' accolade. You can read more texts here.
Charlie, aka Charles Tennant, was the son of Colin Tennant aka Baron Glenconner, the world class socialite who owned Mustique. Charlie had travelled to New York, had met Warhol and returned to London to take on the punk scene and publish his magazine. Warhol and punk superstar Jordan are the big interviews in this first/last issue.

This is Charles as a model for Robert Mapplethorpe. The picture is not from The Chelsea Scoop but was taken in London in 1978. The photograph is part of the Tate Archive. Charlie died in 1996. He had been a heroin addict and died of hepatitis. He is probably best remembered by the photo above but he is also very endearing alongside the Marquis of Blandford in this YouTube episode of Kirsty just before his death.

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