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Looking at the historical and cultural origins of skinhead identity, the Graphic Subcultures Research Group at the London College of Communication (LCC) present a new exhibition in the Upper & Lower Street Galleries from Wednesday 23 October – Saturday 2 November.

From 1960s British roots to contemporary global interpretations of the subculture, the show focuses on the visual manifestations of skinhead style – in dress, illustration, graphic design, photography, media and publishing – together with its links to music genres, football, politics and class.

Many subcultures have been exhaustively analysed and pored over by historians, academics and journalists. This level of recuperation has never been applied to the Skinhead movement – the subculture retains a strongly close-knit and largely underground identity, away from the cultural mainstream. This exhibition looks at the graphic language and visual communication of Skinhead identity, from its roots in the late 1960s to today.

The event includes material from collectors of skinhead artefacts, including Toby Mott, Toast, Gavin Watson and contributions from Garry Bushell, Matt Worley, Ana Raposo, Russ Bestley, Tom Vague and Shaun Cole.

Key themes explored include:

• Origins: 1960s Mods and Skinheads

• 1960s Ska, Rocksteady and Bluebeat

• 1970s Suedeheads and Bootboys

• 1970s and 1980s Punk, Hardcore, Oi!, Skunx and Street Punk

• 2 Tone and the Ska Revival

• Class, Politics and Race – Neo Nazis, SHARP and RASH

• Gender and Sexuality

• Media Appropriation

• Contemporary Global Skinhead Identities

A Private View & Symposium on Wednesday 23 October will feature a round table discussion with guests including rock-music journalist Garry Bushell, historian Matt Worley, and design researcher Ana Raposo.

Further information can be found here.

Where Have All the Bootboys Gone?

Wednesday 23 October – Saturday 2 November (Free entry)

Open 10am – 5pm (closed Sundays)

Symposium & Private View Wednesday 23 October 6 – 9pm – book here

Upper Street Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle

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