MOVING TO THE BFI SOUTHBANK – COINCIDE WITH THE RELESE OF THE FILM THIS IS ENGLAND BY SHANE MEADOWS.
London passed down through bands like the Cockney Rejects. I remember being terrified of the East End for years thinking you were bound to get your head kicked in if you just as much got off the bus in Bethnal Green. We were carrot crunchers from the countryside; we believed that the Skins in London were the Hardest Mother Fuckers ever to walk the Earth. It became a disappointment to my friends and me that at the time Madness denied their skinhead roots out of fear of bad publicity. In fact the East End was the Skinheads spiritual home. I remember going to the Last Resort, London’s only pure skinhead shop at the time, with my Mum, Dad and NEVILLE. The sight of all those Monsters coupled with the Last Resorts’ sales methods (buy something, as you may not walk out of this shop Alive, Vibe) will stay with me for the rest off my life. My brother and I being tourists bought Skinhead T-shirts and were ecstatic at visiting a Skinhead Mecca .The real East End kids were the ones that were in Nick Knights book “SKINHEAD” a book I never really liked because I felt I had taken better photos even though I was only fifteen and also he wasn’t a real skin and jumping on the band wagon, sour grapes from my part really..