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A basement in Camden became a poster workshop for the world's revolutions

The revolution will not be televised

Fifty years ago the times they were-a-changing as the spirit of the Paris protests began to march over la Manche. Between 1968 and 1971 a basement in Camden was a focal point for counterculture, becoming a poster workshop allowing people to respond to contemporary crises quickly and cheaply, from Vietnam to apartheid in South Africa and workers’ rights closer to home.

Before social media, posters provided a platform for those without a voice to make their message heard. A new book – Poster Workshop 1968-1971 (Four Corner Books, £10) – and exhibition at Tate Britain highlight the impact the Paris protests of May 1968 had on UK society.

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