London Metrospective

Total Chaos: The Brits of 411VM.

Ryan Gray Ryan Gray

London Metrospective – 411 #1 (1993)

Thanks to the post ‘Sound and Vision’ camerawork of the prolific Mike Manzoori, our nation’s capital laid claim to the first ever 411 ‘Metrospective’ section, and as such, houses some absolute classic slices of 21 year old VHS-C gold.

Paul Shier rocking a Dinosaur Jr t-shirt and massive pants whilst hammering out double flips at Fairfields being one such historical highlight; a miniature ‘Geoff Rowley from Liverpool’ back 360-ing the stairs at Southbank being another.

Over the course of the four-minute section, the likes of Aaron Bleasdale, Curtis McCann, Winstan Whitter, ‘John Major’, Matt Stewart and a sturdy grip of well known locals were introduced to an international audience as the mainstays of the early 90’s London scene, alongside a handful of passing friends.

Despite the fact that this Metrospective section was to be his most substantial standalone contribution to the early days of the video magazine, Manzoori continued to help shed light on the UK scene throughout the early to mid-90s, regularly contributing clips to the first handful of 411 issues before eventually relocating Stateside full time.

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