Art Attack: Some Great 1970s London Graffiti.
Above Photo: Timeless 1970s British Graffiti.
I was interested to see an article about a catalogue of black and white photographs recording London’s political and counter-cultural graffiti in the 1970s, which was republished for the first time in almost 40 years.
The images were part of the early work of photographer Roger Perry but were last published in 1976.
Underground art culture lovers succeeded in their bid to republish the collection, called The Writing on The Wall, after raising more than £10,000 through a crowd-funding campaign.
I have used some of the photos here, adding my own comments as to why I like these particular photos.
Often it has nothing to do with the graffiti, but because of what else these excellent photos tell you about the time and the place – on the gritty streets of 1970s London. And they all have resonance with contemporary social issues detailed in my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!
Three memorable pieces of Liverpool graffiti which have stuck in my head from those times are:
- “Jackie don’t go a way” (with the gap between the “a” and “way”) which was daubed on a bridge over the motorway leading from Liverpool to London.
- ‘The Lies The Pies” – also daubed on a motorway bridge between Liverpool and London.
- “Some Say God, We Say Dylan” – which was daubed on a wall near where I lived. I know seeing it was one of my earliest memories, because I couldn’t understand it. I didn’t know who or what Dylan was.
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