Late evening on December 25th, 2008 at footballer and now movie star, Vinnie Jones’ annual Christmas Party, the Glorious Two; Christopher Wicks and Mick Rossi would meet.
Christopher Wicks, the lyricist, designer and creator of all things English Laundry®, was born a child of the Sixties in Manchester, England–the Centre of the Universe.
In his very early years, he found solace by sketching what he remembers mainly to be shirts, shoes & guitars , listening to music and going to see shows at the many legendary Manchester music venues. His coalminer father often remarked to his Mum, “there’s something wrong with that kid, he should be outside kicking a ball.”
What began as a pre-teen pasttime, however, became a life-long career designing men’s & women’s apparel. Since leaving his home land in 1989, Christopher currently lives in Los Angeles where he pursues his passion for rock ‘n’ roll, open-top cars, motorcycles and, of course, fashion.
A day without music is a day without inspiration. The soundtrack playing in the backdrop of all his endeavors, includes music from The Small Faces, The Who, The Stones and, most important, the clean-cut elegance of early Beatles.
Mick Rossi, actor, writer, musician & producer, began his career in Manchester, England. As a teenager, he formed the cult British punk rock band, Slaughter and the Dogs. Mick has written & produced several albums with Slaughter and the Dogs to date. They have played with The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Talking Heads and many more. A guitar hero to many, Mick Rossi and his band Slaughter and The Dogs are considered to be one of the founders of the punk rock movement in Britain today. Since moving to L.A., Mick continues to work as an award winning actor in independent film. As a writer he has penned scripts with Gabriel Byrne, Joanne Whalley & Patrick Bergin. Some of his more recent projects are: “Played”, “2:22” and his latest project is the dark psychological thriller “A Kiss and a Promise” which he also wrote with Phillip Guzman. Mick plays the leading role of “David Beck” a sociopath opposite actress Natasha Gregson Wagner. “A Kiss and a Promise” was directed by Phillip Guzman and produced by Lenny Bitondo. A Kiss and a Promise opened theatrically on September 9, 2011.
Mick revisited his musical roots when he teamed up with fellow Mancunian singer/lyricist Christopher Wicks and together they penned the album “Stories From A Fractured Youth”. Wicks’ lyrics proved to be the perfect companion to Rossi’s melodies & riffs. Every lyric on the album telling a story, every riff on the guitar, an infectious melody and with a little help from their friends who lent their musical talents to the album. These include Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Billy Duffy of the Cult and a duet with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilot’s.
Their debut album: “Stories from a Fractured Youth, consists of 13 powerful songs that will stand the test of time.