"In early '79 I was already engaged in what eventually turned out to be a lengthy photographic study of the New Romantics (though back then they were not known as such).
I'd been documenting this nascent scene in the Soho nightclub 'Billy's' and, one evening, a group of about half-a-dozen skinheads turned up.
They saw me taking photographs and one of them, a guy called Wally, asked me if I'd like to take some photos of them too.
They seemed pretty friendly and not at all camera shy.
I took a few snaps, we got talking and Wally suggested I go with the whole gang on one of their Bank Holiday jaunts to the seaside.
That was what led, eventually, to five years of photographing skinheads.
In those five years I got to know some of the skinheads quite well and liked many of them." Derek Ridgers All the photos were taken between 1979 - 1984 in either London or nearby coastal towns. Over 100 photos including 32 pages of colour.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages, colour & b/w photos
- Publisher: Omnibus Press
- Publication Date: 14/07/2014
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9781783051717