Paula Yates was an interesting figure who sadly passed away much too early at the age of 40 a number of years ago. In the 1970s she had a column called “Natural Blonde” in the Record Mirror and used the Reform Club in London for the site of her Penthouse spread.
In the 1990s Yates had a show on Channel 4 called The Big Breakfast in which she would interview people while lying in a bed. She was married to Bob Geldof for a while, and they had a messy divorce in 1996 when she left him for Michael Hutchence of INXS. Hutchence committed suicide in 1997 and Yates died of a heroin overdose in 2000, which probably tells you everything you need to know about the volatility of their relationship.
When she was still in her early twenties, in 1980, Yates released a cheeky book called Rock Stars in Their Underpants. It was just what it seemed to be, a series of pictures of prominent rock musicians wearing underwear. Andy Warhol somewhat hilariously called it ‘‘the greatest work of art in the last decade.’‘
In addition to the luminaries pictured here, the book features Yates’ future husband Geldof as well as Sparks, Chrissie Hynde, Frank Zappa, Godley & Creme, Steve Jones, Jools Holland, and Phil Lynott.
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The King’s Skidmarks: Elvis’ crappy underpants go up for auction
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