Long before the days of social media and online petitions graffiti has been used as an expressive display against the corporate and political powers that be.

When I say graffiti, I don’t mean the multi-coloured and three dimensional ‘tagging’ and artwork that you see aside canal towpaths and scrapyards, I’m talking about early graffiti, hand written messages and slogans written by anarchists and underdogs across the county.

I picked up a couple of books on this subject ‘The writing on the wall’ by Roger Perry and ‘Graffiti’ by Richard Freeman. These fascinating books show a number of early images of graffiti from the 1960s through to the 1970s. Amongst the nonsensical written messages and slogans, there are pictures of graffiti addressing racism, capitalism, greed and inequality, daubed across the walls and bridges of our inner cities and suburbs.

These images got me intrigued and made me want to dig deeper and uncover more images of this nature. A high number of the images uncovered come from the turbulent Thatcher years, where tensions were high and the disenfranchised youth and unemployed expressed their anger and feelings towards the Tory government and authorities of the era.

There is something about a these images that make you think about the message being put across and what became of the people behind them.

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‘Black is Beautiful’ Moss Side, Manchester, 1969. Photo © Michael Ward
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‘No Nazis in Bradford’, 1970s. Photo © Don McCullin
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‘Eat The Rich’ Notting Hill, 1977. Photo © Roger Perry
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Dalston, 1978. Photo © Alan Denney.
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‘I Fought The Law’ Ladbroke Grove, London, 1977. Photo © Roger Perry
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Notting Hill Gate, 1974. Photo © Roger Perry
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‘Dada Is Everywhere’ Malden Road, Kentish Town, 1974. Photo © Roger Perry
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‘Strike A Body Blow to Capatalism’ Kings Cross, London, late 1970s. Photo © Roger Perry
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Clapton, North East London. Photo © Roger Perry
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Chalk Farm, Camden, 1975. Photo © Roger Perry.
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Elgin Avenue, London, 1970s Photo © Roger Perry.
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‘I Can’t Breath’ London 1960s Photo © Richard Freeman
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‘Anarchy Lives’ East London, 1976. Photo © Judy Greenway.
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‘We Want Decent Housing’ Hackney, 1970s. Photo © Unknown.
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‘4,000,000 Unemployed, Thatcher Is Guilty’ Brixton, 1984. Photo © Mark McNestry
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‘Don’t Cry For Me Maggie Thatcher’ Isle Of Dogs, 1980s. Photo © Unknown.
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‘Wake Up Maggie’ Liverpool, 1980s. Photo © Unknown.
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Thatcher Is An Android, 1980s. Photo © Unknown.
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‘Scargill Rules’ Taken during the 1984-1985 Miner Strike, Easington Colliery, 1984. Photo © Unknown.
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‘Why Vote? Anarchy’ Toxteth, 1960s. Photo © Unknown.
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‘High Poll Tax’ Bury, 1991.
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‘Snort Cocaine For Kicks/Fight Racist Scum’ Hulme, 1985. Photo © Unknown
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‘Free Kuwait with Tiger Tokens’ Hulme, 1990. Photo © Richard Davies.
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‘Pigs Get The F*ck Outta Here’ Hulme, late 1980s. Photo © Unknown
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‘Ouch!! I’ve Been Hit By The Poll Tax’ Hackney, 1990. Photo © David Corio

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I recently stumbled across an amazing set of photos on Facebook by the late photographer Iain S. P. Reid.

The photos date from around 1977 and feature mainly young Manchester United and City fans attending home matches at Old Trafford and Maine Road.

I’ve recently re-shared some of the images on our Facebook page and they have stirred up some nostalgic memories about the football culture of previous decades, the fashion, the atmosphere and what is was like to be a match going fan long before Sky TV and big money takeovers.

The majority of Iain’s images have not been seen by many, hopefully they can now be appreciated by a wider audience.

*Update*

I’ve recently been in contact with Iain’s brother Doug who now resides in Australia, he will be kindly sending over a few words about Iain and his love of photography for me to add to the blog, so I will update the page soon.

Here are a handful of Iain’s images below.

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All above images by Iain S. P. Reid.

The images above and many more can be found at the Iain Reid Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/IainSPReid

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Manchester’s Northern Quarter has developed rapidly over the years, a sizemic shift from a gloomy forgotten part of the city to pretty much a tourist destination in its own right. A sprawling epicentre of counter culture and street art, a new bar, restaurant or boutique shop seems to open its doors at least once a fortnight.

Back in the mid eighties however it was a different story, the majority of hipsters who now spend their weekends shopping, eating and drinking here were yet to be born and mobile phones were basically breeze blocks with aerials.

Our gallery below transports us back these times, when pet shops, appliance centres and saunas were king, and these now fashionable streets and pavements were much less trodden.

Manchester’s (Pre) Northern Quarter, 1985.

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Oldham Street, at the crossroads with Hilton Street, 1985.
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Oldham Street facing up towards The Castle Hotel, 1985.
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Tib Street, facing up towards Great Ancoats Street, 1985.
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Junction of Hilton Street and Tib Street, 1985.
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Blacks Sauna Club/Domestic Appliance Centre, Tib Street, 1985.
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Blacks Sauna Club/Domestic Appliance Centre and The Record Bar, Tib Street, 1985.
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Tib Street and Brightwell Walk social housing, 1985.
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Tib Street and Brightwell Walk social housing, 1985.
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The facade of The Smithfield fish market in the shadows of The Co-Operative Insurance Society building (CIS) 1985.
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A young couple enjoy a stroll by Manchester Craft Village, 1985.
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The King, Oldham Street and Tib Street entrances, 1985.
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Fish & Chips and a green Lada outside Manchester Craft Village, 1985.
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Tib Street, facing towards High Street, 1985.

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The Blackburn Warehouse Parties of 1989-1990 started off as a handful of likeminded friends and associates, who disenchanted by the lack of scene in their hometown decided to put on their own nights in disused warehouses and industrial units.

Initially outwitting local authority the events were promoted to people ‘in the know’ via word of mouth, flyers were given out with a contact number to be called for rendezvous points and further instructions, often meeting in distant towns and cities (Manchester’s Konspiracy nightclub being one) then travelling en masse in convoy consisting of Vauxhall Nova’s, Fiesta XR2’s and Escort XR3i’s (amongst other classic models favoured by the youth of the era) across to the various industrial estates around Blackburn. The parties rapidly ballooned from a couple of hundred local kids to thousands of revellers from the satellite towns of the North West and beyond.

The early raves were a success and predominantly trouble free, however as the scale of the events got bigger so did the pressure on the Lancashire Police Force to get the parties shut down, police presence increased and a number of arrests were made. One of the last big events was ‘Live The Dream’ in Tockholes, an all-nighter that took place on 16th/17th September 1989, which saw in excess of  10000 people from all over the UK attend.

The images in our gallery below were taken from a Lancashire Telegraph article discussing the raves amongst the local community.

They provide a good insight to these times, a magical and non-pretentious early era of dance music and rave culture that went onto inspire a generation of club promotors, musicians and DJs alike.

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Glenfield Park Industrial Estate, Blackburn. 1989.
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The morning after, waiting for a lift. Whitebirk roundabout, 1990.
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The convoys start arriving at Live The Dream, Tockholes, September 16th, 1989.
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Eddie Maxwell from Blackburn at the Edenfield rave, 6th August, 1989.
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Shaun Cannon from Darwen at Edenfield, 6th August, 1989.
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Leaving the Altham warehouse after an all-nighter. 12th February, 1990.
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Police on the scene Altham Warehouse, 12th February, 1990.
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Police talk with ravers at Altham warehouse, 12th February, 1990.
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Convoy heading to Tony’s Empress Ballroom. 25th March, 1990.
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Convoy heading to Tony’s Empress Ballroom. 25th March, 1990.
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Live the dream Tockholes, 16th September 1989.
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Kick out time. Tony’s Empress Ballroom, 25th March 1990.
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Reel Hedz Presents. Flyer for Live The Dream with telephone number to call for instructions on the night.
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The marquee at Live The Dream, Tockholes, 16th September,1989.
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Live The Dream, Tockholes, 16th September, 1989.

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All the above images have been used by permission of the Lancashire Telegraph. The images were taken from the following article. Blackburn’s acid house raves remembered http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/13793051.Blackburn___s_acid_house_raves_remembered/?ref=twtrec

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I was in contact with the now Derbyshire based photographer Robin Weaver recently and he introduced me to a brilliant collection of images that were taken during his time as a reporter for a local newspaper in South Wales during the 1970’s.

Aside from taking the usual press shots of rugby matches, mayors visits and the occasional flower show, he particularly enjoyed spending his spare time documenting the lives of the everyday Welsh people in and around the South Wales valleys and towns.

The images below are just a selection of Robins photography that capture a different time in Welsh Culture, long before sophisticated computers, mobile phones and on-demand television. These photos take us back to what now seems like ‘a different country’ which is the title of Robins book showcasing his work from that era.

A Different Country

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All images © Robin Weaver http://www.twitter.com/RWeaverPhotos

A limited number of these books are currently available from http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/6037163-a-different-country

Article by Paul Wright http://www.twitter.com/mrpaulwright

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