Early works by the author of The Unofficial Countryside and Food For Free.
Sunday, 6 August 2017
Thursday, 3 August 2017
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
I decided one morning to have a walk along the old Railway line. After walking for about 10 minutes I was just crossing one of the many old bridges. The bridge was fairly overgrown in places, but I noticed something white underneath all the greenery. I started to clear this away and saw some painted words. Ge r on X. I pulled more of the greenery away and realised the word was Generation X. I then looked to the left and saw more white paint obscured and hidden. I tore at that and in white was Sex Pistols. I looked over to the other side of the bridge and could just make out white paint there as well. After a while I had pulled all the weeds and other greenery away and to one side. I surmise that between late 1977 and early 1978 a group of youths went up to the disused line as it was then, with a tin of old paint, a packet of Players 10 No 6 Cigarettes maybe a few tins of Skol, Colt 45 or even a Watneys Party Four. Finding one of the old bridges this group of youths then decided to daube the bridge with the names of their favourite/current bands. Sex Pistols, Clash, Generation X, XRay Spex, XTC, Adverts, Stranglers and Menace. 40/39 years later I came across this old graffiti in grotty old white paint (must have had a brush with them) Do the perpetrators of this defiant act (Anarchy in Wickham Village) still live in the Wickham/South Meon area? have they ever gone back to view their handiwork? did the bands they so loved at the time then fall from grace with them, to be swiftly replaced by the next musical phase?
These are the remnants of the rural Ghosts of Punks Past.