Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Lost Decade

Those of us who cut our political teeth in the Liverpool of the 1980s were often too immersed in the frenetic activism of the time to notice the minutiae of the physical changes to the city's environment; fortunately, it's something which did not escape the attention & camera lens of American student Nancy Ostrander during her stay in the city (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancyo23/sets/72057594095382976/ ).
There are some images to evoke a flood of memories: the disused & derelict Albert Dock (scene of the video for Teardrop Explodes' "Reward"); Probe Records on its original site in Rainford Gardens; the bus stop on Walton Breck Road at the back of the Kop, & many more images from a time when Phil Redmond had just launched Brookside & Degsy yelled defiance at Thatcher & Kinnock.
Nancy's archive is discussed further on the BBC Liverpool website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2009/01/12/eighties_photos_feature.shtml ).

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