Blake, Peter (2 of 28).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2003-04-22, 2003-06-12, 2003-07-03, 2003-09-04, 2003-11-24, 2003-12-15, 2004-03-22, 2004-07-08, 2004-08-06, 2004-11-11, 2005-02-07

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    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 2: Tape 1: Side B: Mrs Loft. Routine while living at Mrs Loft’s. Mentions clothes worn, going for walks with Shirley. The Loft’s of Edwardian house: memories of first night there, sharing with Pete [Loft]. Working on the farm: details. Mentions Shirley’ being chased by May [Loft]. Continues description of daily life at Mrs Loft’s. Begins description of on-set of PB’s shyness. Description of second evacuation to eccentric grandmother’s house in Worcester; her lodger. Story about Parents’ visit to Helions Bumpstead. Remarks about dual aspects childhood experiences: happy and unhappy. School and kind teacher in Essex compared to unhappy experience in Worcester, retrieved by middle-class school friend: details. Mentions youthfulness of Mother and Auntie Phil. Description of Grandmother and her collections. Auntie Floss. Father’s model train, helping him with the layout. Comments on Parents’ personalities and relationship. Cinema visits. Mother’s collecting habits. Lists limited books at home; remarks about working class culture. Mentions learning to draw by copying illustrations from books at home. Remarks about film Gone With the Wind and Father’s resemblance to Clark Gable. Memories of Father: details. Films. Story about first visit to London to see Bowery Boys film, hearing the bombs and walking home from Bexleyheath. Comments on later use of Bowery Boys for Sgt Pepper album, having become a ‘positive memory’.

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