From galleries to clubs, pubs to Tube stations, crap weather to pigeon crap, London from Punk to Blair is a brilliant anthology of personal and subjective readings of the capital since the late 1970s, which takes on London like no other book has before.
‘this re-release of a noughties classic will show you the gritty undercover aspects of our great capital city. It offers an awesome selection of essays that take you on a journey from London in the 1970s to the present day.’ – Loaded
‘the essays in this volume try to make sense of this ancient, beguiling city. In more than 30 articles, writers eloquently explore what it was like to be in London “in the dying years of the last century”.’ – The Guardian
‘this volume of essays is full of insight into the diverse experiences that constitute the recent history of London.’ – Architects’Journal
‘This rewarding collection of thirty-four essays . . . brings into clear focus those dramatic shifts in the fortunes of the metropolis . . . in a cover-to-cover reading gives a satisfying sequence of perceptions which slowly build on each other . . . beautiful revealing insights into particular ways of understanding and using the city.’ – London Society Journal
‘Read this fascinating glimpse of our capital’s recent past by all means. Let it do as it promises and open your eyes to parts of the city you have never seen before.’ – Diplomat Magazine
‘The introduction is a powerful evocation of changing London through the past 25 years. Co-editor Joe Kerr is a great writer . . . there is plenty for every taste. The fun is in the discovery of new and rediscovery of old alike.’ – Building Design
Joe Kerr is Head of the Department of Critical and Historical Studies, Royal College of Art.
Andrew Gibson is Research Chair at the Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London.