The Call to Covent Garden

I may have said in some interviews that I had heard about Covent Garden in 1984, through an article in Melody Maker music magazine. I was wrong.
The article was actually in another music magazine called Sounds, dated the 14th of April 1984. I was in my fifth year of secondary school, looking forwards to revision before sitting my “O” Levels; but suddenly I was faced with an alternative form of education which seemed more important and relevant to life, as well as the development of self-expression.
I consequently had to re-sit a few of my exams, but hanging around that whole summer had been more than worth it; a life-changing experience even…
I haven’t looked back long enough over the pages, to see who I can recognise as having been there when my brother and I got there, but they were all a world of inspiration to me; and I wonder where they are today…

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10 Responses to The Call to Covent Garden

  1. Hello,
    we have met briefly in the past, firstly at your show at the Outsiders gallery in Newcastle, then secondly when you painted at Latitude festival in Suffolk. I’ve been a fan of your work since first discovering it the days of the Scrawl books. Im currently managing a new art gallery in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We’re a pretty humble set up and Im aware your already well represented by Lazrides.

    To cut it short our opening show is be a group show of graffiti related photography from artists and photographers alike. We’ve got some great names already on board but Im a big fan I’d love to have you down for the show. We’re only asking each artist for one image that you feel represents you. As it’s graffiti related photography I felt there may have been some room for you to contribute without standing on any toes, to be honest if you sent me a picture of what you’ve been eating I’d be happy. Give me a shout if you’d like to know more, hope all is well,

    Cheers,

    Rob

  2. It’s interesting to see what happened to the people I used to gossip about in the late Seventies. The late Zanzibar, a private membership bar in Covent Garden was always filled with famous people. In one evening alone, the following people were having a drink there, and most of them have since died or are living in obscurity. Francis Bacon, the painter and his friend Thea Porter, the dress designer who created the rich hippy look are both dead. Bobby Moore, the footballer and captain of the England football team when they won the 1966 World Cup, ‘dribbled out of Zanzibar with two blondes, one of whom tried to steal the visitor’s sign-in book’ has since died of cancer.

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