Cornelius Cardew in New Cross, and a ballad of East Street

'Cornelius Cardew (1936-81): a life unfinished' by John Tilbury (Copula, 2008) is a monumental biography of the radical composer by one of his closest collaborators. Its 1100 pages document in close detail Cardew's musical and political life, cut short at the age of  45 when he was hit by a car in East London.Cardew became ...

Radical posters and stickers in New Cross

I reckon New Cross must be the epicentre of radical postering/stickering in London. Yesterday I noticed this audacious piece of subvertising at the bus stop opposite the Marquis of Granby, in the style of a Metropolitan police ad:'We've pointlessly targeted cannabis users in Lewisham, while other people legally drink their drugs.Enforcing Westminster's crime concerns in ...

Lewisham ’77 photos by Chris Schwarz

I have mentioned the Deptford photographs of Chris Schwarz  (1948-2007) here before. The Albany has now created a digital archive of his work, Every Picture tells a Story. Lots of great images from the 1970s and 1980s, including some from the 'Battle of Lewisham'  in August 1977, when anti-fascists mobilised against a National Front march ...

South London Anti Fascists meeting tomorrow

On Sunday 27th April far right fragment 'March for England' is planning to march in Brighton, and anti-fascists are mobilising to stop them. According to Anti-Fascist Network'For the last few years there has been an annual far-right event in Brighton held around St George’s Day in April. The “March for England” which is confusingly both ...

Talk to Me, New Cross

Say goodbye to waiting at the bus stop in silence and start looking out for friendly faces and ‘Talk to me’ badges as ‘Talk to me SE London Week’ launches on Saturday, 26 October in an attempt to encourage residents in New Cross to talk to one another. [...]