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The Festive Fifty

Merry December! The Kings Road is once again a mire of terrifying activity, and we have battened down the proverbial hatches to see out the Christmas shopping period from behind the safety of our laptop glass. Apparently you have done the same! Congratulations: from here you will not be harassed by the Salvation Army, first-time fathers carrying too much wrapping paper, steel-drum bands, HMV, a teenager in a parka buying a lighter for his nan,…

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John Bignell: Chelsea Photographer

In this, the first of a series dedicated to exploring the lives and work of our local heroes, we look at the photography of John Bignell.  Despite receiving little recognition in modern times (he is somehow lacking a wikipedia entry), his art identifies him as a key chronicler of sixties London, in particular the bohemian lifestyles of Chelsea and Kensington.  Between the end of the second world war and the 1980s, Bignell’s work presented London with…

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We’re at the Ink Fair!

Ink Fair 2017 kicked off this morning as booksellers, art dealers and antiquarian enthusiasts – none of whom were obviously reeling from the previous night’s champagne reception – put their very best before an excited central London crowd. The fair takes place in the exquisite neo-gothic mansion-home of William Waldorf Astor, having been built to his tastes over the three years between 1892 and 1895, after he had emigrated to London as, we are told, the wealthiest man…

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The Bookhunter on Safari

Here is a terrifically nice write-up from our friend (and some-time competitor) Laurence Worms, owner and chief-in-command at Ash Rare Books.  His blog – link below – is updated regularly with fascinating insights into the rare book world, alongside thoughtful pieces on his specialist subjects.  Cheers Laurence! The End of the World

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TIGERS!

    As a cultural outpost for the anti-establishment of West London, Worlds End Books tries to make its political positions known regularly, and emphatically. Today, we are finally revealing our stance on the monarchy. *puts on manifesto beret* FOR TOO LONG the lion has been the King of the Jungle, stretching its skinny dominance across the collective imagination of Disney kids for decades. Generally their portrayal is of regal grace and strength; they have…

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Oz Magazine: Tuning In and Staying Woke

In 1967, London was introduced to Oz, the psychedelic, pseudo-anarchistic magazine from Australia.  Within months, its pages of protest-art and political satire had gained enormous popularity amongst a young audience.  It was anti-Vietnam, anti-globalisation, pro-narcotics and uncompromising on the subject of sex: a political migraine for any member of the older generation who might be regarded as ’Establishment’. The collective message behind the magazine was of ‘opening the mind’, as had been frequently described by…

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