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The East End Years: A Stepney Childhood


Manufacturer: Five Leaves Publications

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Fermin Rocker was born in the East End of London in 1907, the son of Rudolf Rocker, the famous anarchist theorist, activist and disciple of Kropotkin. Fermin Rocker left England to go with his parents to Germany in 1918, an settled in New York in 1929. There he worked as a freelance commercial artist, illustrator and print maker. From 1937 he began to concentrate on etchings and lithographs. 

In 1972 Rocker moved back to London with his wife and son. He continued to work as a book illustrator, but was able eventually to devote himself to painting. Publication of this book coincides with his 90th birthday exhibition at Bartley Drey Gallery in London.

The East End Years: A Stepney Childhood appeared in German translation a few years previously. This is the first publication in the original English. In exploring his origins as an artist, Fermin Rocker conjures a moving and colourful picture of his remarkable father, of anarchism and of the Jewish East End. Rocker's story reminds us that the visionary topography of his paintings has its roots in a lost world.

"This little book will come as a relief to all those who have had enough of the dryness and soullessness of much of the professional historiography. It is full of life and atmosphere. It is not simply 'history' to be digested: it brings to life a political movement in its day-to-day activities."-- Rudolf de Jong in the Dutch journal De As.

Product Code: 9780900384929

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