LSE Diary

Diaries 1975-78 – King’s College & the London School of Economics

I kept a diary for some of the time at university. I have no idea how I found any time at all – I spent so much time in the bar, in the Ents room, listening to music, going to gigs and commuting to college. I was even able to attend the occasional lecture!

My diaries have travelled with me in removals vans and boxes since the late 1970’s, and until Covid I never found the time to search them out, read them and transcribe them. They made often interesting, and sometimes embarrassing reading.

A lot of names are mentioned, some of whom I can remember well, others vaguely, and some not at all. Some are people that I was clearly close to and fond of, but who I have not seen or heard from since 1978. If anyone recognises a name I would love to hear from you.

I was in the Joint School of Geography and joined Kings College London (KCL) in 1975. The school was shared between KCL and the London School of Economics (LSE), one to the north of the Aldwych and the other to the south.

It may have been a joint school but each college was very different in character. It did not take long for me to learn that my temperament was better suited the LSE, so I transferred to that institution in 1976 for my second and third years.

I started this page in February 2021 and there is a lot more to come, so keep coming back!

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Albertos at Torquay

Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias were always good reliable fun – a mixture of comedy and music forever changing and forever funny. Snuff Boogie!

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From Caravan to AC/DC in one day

A pretty good day for me, like so many others in my time at the LSE. This entry from my diary in 1976 has me listening to Caravan in the morning and getting down to the Marquee in the evening to see a completely unknown band called AC/DC…

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National Health @ LSE

It is 1976 and with punk happening it is sometimes easy to forget that jazz-rock was also a pretty big ‘underground’ scene at the time, with lots of wild and whacky bands and tunes crashing out of all directions to challenge ear-brain co-ordination.

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1977 Gig Guide

Second year at Uni and I was engrossed in Ents (entertainments), beer, music and gigs. No wonder I only scraped through exams!

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