Celebrate 1970s Lewisham! Evening Talks and Music

Fri 29 May, 8 - 9:30pm

Lewisham Library

London, UK

Free event

An evening of talks and music, exploring the lasting significance of 1970s Lewisham in UK Black history.

With Dr ‘Lez’ Henry (aka Lezlee Lyrix) compering. Local resident Palmela Witter will speak of the memories stirred when she rediscovered a portrait of herself and friends in John Goto’s Lovers’ Rock series, taken in 1977 at a Lewisham youth centre.

You could be part of the show as we call out for a memory or anecdote from the Lovers' Rock era.

Do you have photographs of life in Lewisham in the 1970s? We want to see them! Join us at 3pm and help create a new community archive. Read more >

How to book

Book in person at Lewisham Library in person or phone 020 8314 8430.

About John Goto's Lovers' Rock

Lovers' Rock is a series of portraits created in Lewisham, South London in 1977. At the time, photographer John Goto taught evening classes in photography and film for two years at Lewisham Youth Centre, where this series was taken.

The unselfconscious engagement of the subjects in front of the camera can be, in part, explained by their familiarity with the photographer, who was not much older than the sitters. The Series is entitled Lovers Rock after a musical sub-genre that grew out of the South London reggae scene in the mid-1970s. In 1975, the singer Louisa Mark cut the first Lovers' Rock hit with ‘Caught You in a Lie’.

In Lovers’ Rock, the young Black sitters at a Lewisham youth centre show an exuberant, supportive and friendly community at odds with the prevailing media images of black youths at the time. A selection of these photographs were exhibited at Lewisham Shopping Centre last year, and a book was published by Autograph ABP in 2012.

Purchase the Lovers' Rock book >

Additional Info

Lewisham Library
199 - 201 Lewisham High Street

T: 020 8314 8430