They might not realise it… but the current wave of progressive peg practitioners owe Addy Snowdon a cold and refreshing pint of premium lager beer.
Not only was he the first man on earth to conquer a hefty number of advanced level grind combinations (such as the Predator II AKA the ice-to-over-ice) – but he did them all on the damp pavements of the North West of England, in a humble manner, whilst working a full time job.
As he continues to map unchartered two-wheeled territory across the North West (and occasionally beyond), The Central Library asked him to travel back into the depths of recent history to reveal the visual Duplo blocks that made him the man he is today.
Put simply, here’s his five favourite video parts from over the years…
Not sure if the Neighbourhood Watch still exists, but back in the 90s you used to see those funny little yellow signs on lamp-posts all over the place. Seemed popular with curtain twitching snitches and old women. Anyway, this is the new 90East video.
This is an interview with Amos Burke about Glasgow in the ’90s, handrails, Americans and the humble discipline of flatland. It was conducted over e-mail over a few months in the early portion of 2017, and was originally published in the second issue of Red Steps.
Thanks to Dan Jukes for the recent photographs and thanks to Amos for putting up with my constant mither.
It might sound a bit naff, but it’s always interesting to hear what inspired the people who went on to inspire people.
What music did Prince listen to? What books did Faulkner read? Or, on a slightly more relevant subject for this here website, what riding videos did Steven Hamilton watch when he was young?
Whether he’s leaping over sizeable suburban chasms, forging forth into unknown front-wheel-based territory, or just cruising down the street in a crisp pair of shell-toes, Steven Hamilton has always seemingly excavated from an expansive quarry of influences.
With all this in mind, Central Library hassled Steven for thoughts on a few videos he was into in his formative years…
This interview originally featured in the first issue of Red Steps a year or two ago – but seeing as Wozzy says some pretty good stuff in it, I thought it was worth whacking onto the internet for the cheapskates to read.
Interview and photos by Sam.
Most people with internet connections will have probably seen this by now, but most people should probably watch it again. A true masterpiece from the mysterious mind of Jimmy Nezza.
R.I.P. Mark E Smith.