1980s

The Blake Escape: Michael Randle Interview

Randle (left) and Pottle outside Wormwood Scrubs Prison in February 1989.

Black Flag interviews Mike Randle, one of the activists who freed George Blake from Wormwood Scrubs in 1966. (Interview from 1989)

The Spies for Peace and after – Nicolas Walter

One of the definitive articles on Spies For Peace by one of the group's members, Nicolas Walter. Originally published anonymously in The Raven (1988).

The Crowbar #21 May 24th 1983

21st issue of Brixton based squatting newsletter Crowbar.

Contents include: Save 121 Centre campaign, letters on voting and Copenhagen, Barrier Block and Lougborough Park evictions, international news, squatting in Amsterdam, "Squatting in Lambeth" film. Albany Prison riot.

The Crowbar #11 Dec 18th 1982

11th issue of Brixton based squatting newsletter Crowbar.

Contents include: Crowbar respondes to expose in the Daily Telegraph, a pissed off tenant from the Loughborough Estate writes about collectivising repairs, squatters pirate radio listings, police raids on Railton Road, Norwich squatters try to start Co-Op, Gipsy Hill squatters resist demolitions, internationa news, death of squatter John McCaig, Wakefield cops raid Freedom Press in search of communique from Angry Brigade Resistance Movement, Tory Councillor receives "voodoo gift", letter: police techniques, changes to social security / benefits system, squatters pirate radio busted, Crass squat the Rainbow in Finsbury Park.

The Crowbar #9 Nov 20th 1982

9th issue of Brixton based squatting newsletter Crowbar.

Contents include: Fall of right wing Lambeth councillors, Railton Road rioters bailed, Heath Road evictions delayed, letter from Paris squatters, Police updates, spoof interview with Lambeth Council leader "Red" Ted Knight, international news, Barrier Block evictions.

The Crowbar #8 Nov 6th 1982

8th issue of Brixton based squatting newsletter Crowbar.

Contents include, evictions on Railton Road, squatters picket Lambeth Town Hall, letter: Is Crowbar biased?, two nights of rioting in Tottenham, aftermath of Amsterdam squatter riots, cops claim Brixton riots started by 3 white anarchists, Barrier Block updates - Coldharbour Lane, Gateshead cops investigate "School Stoppers Textbook".

Class War issue 26 1988

An issue of Class War from early 1988. Contents include: mugging, Kings Cross fire, stock market crash, round up of attacks on cops in the UK, protests against Labour Council cuts, schooling, criminalisation of black kids in London, Data Protection Act and surveillance, football.

PDF courtesy of Splits and Fusions archive.

The Raven #05 1988

An issue of The Raven journal from June 1988 covering various topics. Contents of extremely variable quality.

Includes an excellent article about Spies For Peace by Nicolas Walter.

Contents below.

Solidarity Journal #22/23 Winter 1989/90

Double issue of the London Solidariy Journal from the 1980s-90s. Articles include Tianamen Square and the 350 British solidiers executed by firing squad in the First World War.

Solidarity Journal #19 Winter 1988/89

19th issue of the 1980s London Solidarity Journal, including articles on Russia, Perestroika and the Labour Party.

PDF courtesy of Sparrows Nest Archive, Nottingham.