Blake, Peter (5 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 5: Tape 3: Side A: [12 June 2003] Description of RCA thesis ‘Don’t point, it’s nude’ examining fate of music halls. Anecdote about Peaches Page devising way to beat law about nudity on stage. Thesis stolen at diploma show. Reminiscences about shows and stars of 1950s; mentions Gypsy Rose Lee, Phyllis Dixey, Max Wall, Max Miller. Remarks about lost thesis. Attitude of local Gravesend people to art school students. Description of music interests: mentions rock and roll, shared interest in jazz with Father, boogie woogie, be-pop, Dartford Rhythm Club, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Ross, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, London clubs attended. Detailed description of clothes worn as a student. Bedroom shared with Terry; painted speedway rider mural on the wall. Description of post-war sports boom. Comments on being a supporter of Charlton Athletic FC and Dartford FC. Mentions being a loner. Cycling also very popular in the South East. Importance of the SE as a region: mentions The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, Mod phenomenon, trends coming out of the SE. Description of The National Cyclists Union and their League rivals. Class comparison of Gravesend, Beckenham and Sidcup. Adapting handlebars. Weekend athletics meeting and road races. Cycle tours. Description of cycling gear: mentions Dartford Weelers’ badge with rainbow band, used subsequently in paintings. Begins description of experience of horrific cycling accident also involving friend Peter Ayres.

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