London: from Punk to Blair

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London is known around the world as a metropolitan, ordered city full of tourist attractions and exclusive shops, but the real face of the city – disordered, chaotic, sprawling, vigorous, untamed – remains unseen and unexplored.

London from Punk to Blair is a richly illustrated portrait of Europe’s foremost capital. An array of contributors, including poets, journalists, teachers, historians, wanderers, drinkers, photographers and foodies, offer a selection of personal and ...

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Overview

London is known around the world as a metropolitan, ordered city full of tourist attractions and exclusive shops, but the real face of the city – disordered, chaotic, sprawling, vigorous, untamed – remains unseen and unexplored.

London from Punk to Blair is a richly illustrated portrait of Europe’s foremost capital. An array of contributors, including poets, journalists, teachers, historians, wanderers, drinkers, photographers and foodies, offer a selection of personal and subjective readings of the city since the late ’70s. Using maps, journeys, pictures, narratives and signs, the contributors chart a variety of literal and metaphorical explorations through modern and postmodern London, showing how it works, and how it fails to work; what makes it vibrant, and what makes it seedy. From West End galleries to strip pubs in Shoreditch; from millionaires’ loft apartments to buses and suburban Tube stops; from film, fashion and gay clubs to punk bands, ruinous factories, pigeon filth and the vagaries of weather, London from Punk to Blair embraces the city like no other book has before.

London is too complex and fragmented for any one person to comprehend fully, but this book goes a long way to help you discover what lies outside, and inside, Zone 1. The book will open your eyes to parts of London that you have never seen, or even knew existed.

Contributors include: Phil Baker, Michael Bracewell, Christopher Breward, John Davis, Tom Dyckhoff, Allen Fisher, Charlie Gere, David Gilbert, Fiona Henderson, Patrick Keiller, Sarah Kent, Roger Luckhurst, Nicholas Royle, Hanif Kureishi, Salman Rushdie, Patrick Wright.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861891716
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Kerr is Senior Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art, London.

Andrew Gibson is Professor of English at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Ethnicity/Identity 23
London and Language 36
The Metropolitan Playgournd: London's Children 41
Gay London 48
Wild Women, Wild Men 60
An Unimportant Fire 63
Cosmopolis: London's Ethnic Minorities 67
White Hair Right Now: Styling the London Man 73
The London Suit 79
Politics/Economics 87
From GLC to GLA: London Politics from Then to Now 109
Armagideon Time 117
Staging Royal London 123
CCTV: City Watch 131
Sex, Power and Miracles: A Suburban Triptych 139
The Transformation of Political and Cultural Space 149
The State of London 157
Infrastructure 163
Blowdown: The Rise and Fall of London's Tower Blocks 189
End of the Line 199
Rats with Wings: London's Battle with Animals 213
Abandoned Buildings 221
Higher and Higher: How London Fell for the Loft 229
Down in the Dirt 237
Slow Flow: Thirty Years of Transport in London 243
Architecture's Urban Shine and Brutal Reality 257
Meteomedia; or, Why London's Weather Is in the Middle of Everything 273
Culture/Subculture 279
Altering Images 292
Punk 301
Tales from Trash City 307
Imaging Brixton 317
Secret City: Psychogeography and the End of London 323
Occult London 335
Groundswell 341
London in the Early 1990s 353
Imaginary Landscapes, Jumbled Topographies: Cinematic London 363
Crime and Memory in the Capital 371
References 377
Bibliography 390
Contributors 394
Acknowledgements 398
Photographic Acknowledgements 399
Index 400
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