Picture preview: Paul Spencer's celebration of British sub-cultures
Thursday 17 May 2012
In 1977 as the London punk scene came kicking and screaming from the darkest of London's back street pubs, a young teenager, Paul Spencer, was slipping through the back door to steal snaps of the dirty and the dangerous.
For three decades he was entrenched in the punk, mod and ska movements. He moved in the same circles as The Clash, Captain Sensible, Elvis Costello and Morrissey, gaining unrivalled access to their true natures. He depicted them in context, in their haunts, Shane MacGowan in Filthy McNasty’s, Morrissey in The Grave Maurice, Blur behind bars and Radiohead on the streets of Oxford.
A collection of his photographs, a celebration of British sub-cultures, will appear in a new book, Kingdom Come, which is being crowd-funded by publisher Unbound. Spencer’s photographs are also on show at an exhibition called: A Portrait of British Sub-Culture at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London. The exhibition will run until 3 June.
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To see Paul Spencer’s pitch for Kingdom Come and to hear ideas from other Unbound authors visit: unbound.co.uk/books
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