Bethnal Green 1969-71
During this period I lived in Teesdale Street off Bethnal Green Road, shortly before its demolition to make way for a new high rise development. I rented an old tailors workshop off a Jewish man who owned the corner shop but, like so many, had moved out to live in Golders Green. The neighbourhood area was rapidly being transformed into an area of Bangladeshi settlement. Next door a family of Bengali tailors had moved in and opposite was a Mosque. I got to know a skinhead gang based in a community settlement down the road, and this gave me the basic idea for my first venture into cultural studies. ‘Working class community and subcultural conflict’ was based on a talk I gave to the Centre of Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham, and published in its journal in 1972. This period is discussed in my memoir Reading Room Only Five Leaves 2013.