About David Clancy


Before he began his career as a journalist, David was a graduate of the East London School of Art who had escaped the confines of his Ascot childhood to live in a squat in Kentish Town and had begun making a name for himself as a photographer on London’s burgeoning punk scene.
The Strangler’s publicity manager Alan Edwards saw some of his photos and encouraged him to pursue photography professionally. He turned on the radio a few days later and heard Capital Radio advertising for a Press Assistant live on air. 
Of course he got the job.

For the next six years, he spent each day surrounded by the best radio presenters in the business, such as Roger Scott and Michael Aspel, and photographed all of their guests, meeting everyone from Jack Nicholson to Kate Bush to David Bowie, and even playing on the Capital football team alongside Sir Bobby Moore. It was a golden age in radio and some of the most iconic stars in music and film were making appearances at Capital's HQ on Euston Road. 

David started putting together a photography book to illustrate those years, after he was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2009. He died in 2014 before he was able to finish.

After a couple of years, his daughter, Leia Clancy, decided it was time to see the project through and with the help of family, friends, and David's former colleagues, the book has now been published. This is the first time these images have been released to the public.


All proceeds from the book go to the David Clancy Fund at Blood Cancer UK