September 29th, 2013, 4:53 pm

This project is motion again with development funding from the Arts Council and support from the Centre for Disruptive Media and Department of Media at Coventry University.

I aim to do more than just prints off my negatives, I’m planning to create an interactive installation on the Coventry music scene 1979-81 based on fanzines of, and interviews with participants in the scene.

To this end this development funding will enable:

1. test prints off my negs (working with photographer Jason Tilley).

2. scanning the early issues of Alternative Sounds (this thanks to the collections of Martin Bowes and Alan Rider).

3. development of a prototype installation based on the ‘zine content.

Over the next three months this development blog will document the progress of the project.

The objective with the installation is that it can grow to contain any relevant content that comes to light – not just my stuff.


In the darkroom - Squad 1979

In the darkroom


  1. Donna

    Great stuff ..

    September 29, 2013

  2. Rob Fellows

    Fantastic news Mark. This is what your record of the time deserves! Very happy to help & be involved if needed.
    Good luck!

    September 30, 2013

  3. Martin Bowes

    looking forward to this Mark :)

    September 30, 2013

  4. Andy G

    Great news.
    Look forward to the future show/display.
    Good luck with it.

    September 30, 2013

  5. Alan Rider

    Great news Mark! Looking forward to discussing the project in more detail when we meet up.

    September 30, 2013

  6. Jason Tilley

    Already we are finding ‘GEMS’ within Marks set of negatives. They are such an important record of British popular culture and it’s a privilege to begin working on them. Once in a life time project.

    October 1, 2013

  7. Christopher Trafford

    Go for it, Mark. The project will be especially valued in music culture but never stray away from making it your own. Have passion when printing your work. Good luck.


    October 2, 2013

  8. Chris Norbury

    Belated congratulations, Mark (and hello, Martin B.!). Good luck with the next phase.
    Chris (Clique, 1978-80).

    November 3, 2013

  9. Gary

    Mark, I’ve just found the photos of the Targets & the Clique at the Swanswell. I think the other band pictured is Close Rivals. If you want any more photos of the Targets, I can supply them, providing you retract your review of the above gig! I don’t hold grudges, honest!

    February 10, 2014

  10. marko


    glad you’ve found the site. If we can get some funding to progress the project then I’m definitely after more images, although I’m aghast at the suggestion that I ever wrote a disparaging review of anyone…

    Photos – are they online – do you have a link?

    February 10, 2014

  11. Gary


    ‘Disparaging’ is one word – I can think of others! Anyway, if you (or anyone else) wants to contact me on stilltargets@yahoo.co.uk I can arrange for some photos. I also have a pretty good memory and am in touch with a few people from that era. Ady Dix and I have painstakingly recreated all the Targets’ songs and they are just about finished but we don’t really know what to do with them (suggestions on a postcard). I also recently supplied Pete Chambers with some memorabilia and am really interested in helping to build a record of that time. Look forward to hearing from you. Gary

    February 11, 2014

  12. Patrick

    Hi Mark,

    Just come across your incredible collection. I am bowled over! I am designing a 2 Tone musical for the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and these images are just what we are looking for to use in the show. Especially, the Butts 1981 anti racism gig and Tiffany’s….just right. Brilliant!
    Can you help us?


    September 23, 2014

  13. marko


    thanks for checking out the site.

    I tried emailing you but it bounced – you can get my email address off Nicola Young


    September 23, 2014

  14. Kellie Lock

    Hi Mark,
    Brilliant work you’ve got there, quite the collection, I’m doing a project on two tone and was wondering if there was a way of contacting you. I’ve looked everywhere ?

    October 16, 2014

  15. Neil

    Great Stuff Mark! I’ve shared a link to your terrific site with Rob Orlands Historic Coventry Forum. Great to see and I’ve enjoyed trying to spot myself in some of the gig photos!

    Keep up the good work!

    October 31, 2014

  16. marko

    hi Kellie
    hope you got some decent shots of the Butts (building site) …

    October 31, 2014

  17. marko

    hi Neil

    thanks for checking out the site – just seen the




    October 31, 2014

  18. Chris Coleman

    Only just discovered this – to my shame.
    Fantastic photos – reminds me, even though “I was there”, how much I missed. But then I was very much a part time punk!
    (Stringent Measures fanzine)

    June 22, 2015

  19. marko

    glad you found the site



    June 22, 2015

  20. Davey Ivens

    Mark, thanks for these, v. emotional. Just found two pics of my 14 year-old self at Butts anti-racist gig in 1981.

    Any chance of arranging some prints? How can I get payment to you?

    Thanks again.

    September 25, 2015

  21. Neil Yardley

    Hi Mark – Terrific site – Would you mind me sharing some imagery/links to Rob Orlands Historic Coventry Forum and the 2-Tone central FB page? Keep up the good work – I was brought up in Earlsdon and rode my bike in to the Rock against Racism gig! , Neil

    January 7, 2016

  22. Mark

    Hello Mark,

    I`m involved with a tour of Tiffany`s (now Central Library) as part of the Heritage Weekend in September. Is there anyway I can contact you, with a view to possibly using some of your photographs?

    Many thanks


    June 22, 2016

  23. Mike

    Hello Mark,
    I’m currently arranging a reissue of the Flackoff 7″ with the original label that released it, and am looking at including an insert. Have a few old fanzine articles but would love to include your Flackoff photos from the 3 gigs on your site. Would this be possible?

    August 16, 2017

  24. marko


    just dropped you an email


    August 16, 2017

  25. MartinC

    Hi Mark
    It’s me Martin of Coventry ZZZ days (special times) I got something musical happening in Cov soon and getting in touch with you after too long. Hope this message find you well.

    October 6, 2017

  26. marko

    just sent you email – glad you found the site
    hope all’s well up north

    October 6, 2017

  27. Davey Ivens

    Dear Mark – we’re meeting regularly now to try and organise music events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of RAR and trying to get some funding from City of Culture and others. We hope to develop a project and / or exhibition that will link the events of 1978+ with what’s going on now and wondered if you and your images could be involved. If you’d be interested in doing something or hearing more, please get in touch through the fb page or at Davey.ivens@gmail.com or 07894 829489. Cheers.

    October 5, 2018