With Carlos (Charlie) Guarita, Marvin Surkin, General Baker and members of BRHG – open to public.

In December 2011 Bristol Radical History Group were invited to participate in a ‘history’ meeting in Detroit, USA. This gathering included ex-members (such as the late General Baker) of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, arguably one of the most radical working class organisations in the US in the 20th century. Also present was Marvin Surkin, one of the authors of Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution, the seminal history of revolutionary class struggle in the auto-industry in Detroit in the 1960s and 70s.


  1. Hi Carlos,
    I’m contacting you regarding the images you took for the Observer Magazine, dated 16 February, 1986. The black and white images, six in total, were taken inside Kirklevington Detention Centre, a place which held boys aged from 14-16 years of age. Basically, I’m putting a book together about the place and would like to be gain permission from yourself, to use some of your images. As a boy of fifteen I was an inmate there myself at Christmas, 1984. The reason I know you were the one who took the images, is because I bought a back issue of that magazine on Ebay just last week, which featured a piece on the Detention Centre. The only other available images of Kirklevington are of the exterior, so to have the permission to use any of your brilliant images would be an absolute privilege. I am a budding author and have put six paperback books together in the last five years, four of them are about my home town, Shildon, in the north-east of England, Shildon being the first railway town in the world. My last Shildon book contains over 90 images of Shildon taken by award winning photographer, Janine Wiedel, coincidently, also taken in 1986. We met online and became friends, thereafter she allowed me to use the said images. If you would like a PDF sending of the book which contains Janine’s images, you only have to ask. Could you please let me know what your thoughts are regarding this, I would fully appreciate it. Many thanks in advance Carlos. Good day.

    Colin Adamson

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