Contributions to the Bold Street Blog

Apologies for our blogging silence over the last couple of months, Boldstreet’s mother project tenantspin has taken up a lot of our time of late with some amazing projects which have helped us to spread our community TV wings into one of the cities most famous and influential gallery spaces (apart from FACT that is!!) Check out our other projects at www.tenantspin.org and www.tenantspinontour.com.

So, for my first post in a while here is something sent to me recently, from Mark Shepard called Street People:

Street People March 1978

Come into the silence of the crowded street

There are some faces I’d like you to meet

The ones that look like locked doors

Concealing what’s inside

The ones who don’t reveal to you

The music of their minds

That man knows his beer glass

Like a jeweler knows his jewels

Another man knows his empty pockets

Like a school boy knows his rules

And the young man who just passed us now

Is searching for a friend

Who understands his solitude

And knows how to make it end…

Refrain:

Stand inside the echoes

Of this cold concrete

It’s like an ever moving photograph

Never to be complete

Hold the silence in your hand

Feel that it is wise

Assemble all your senses

and place them in your eyes

That girl knows the sidewalk

Like a songbird knows its cage

She’s a year from home and tired

Of lying about her age

The business men who know her best

Don’t know her very well

They’re too caught up inside themselves

With what she has to sell

Refrain:

Stand inside the echoes

Of this cold concrete

It’s like an ever moving photograph

Never to be complete

Hold the silence in your hand

Feel that it is wise

Assemble all your senses

and place them in your eyes

See the old man with the spaniel dog?

He loves it like a son

And sometimes in his room at night

He dreams that he is young

Some “victim of society” just stole a lady’s purse

He eats the ground with his strong legs

And accelerates in bursts…

Refrain:

Stand inside the echoes

Of this cold concrete

It’s like an ever moving photograph

Never to be complete

Hold the silence in your hand

Feel that it is wise

Assemble all your senses

and place them in your eyes

See more of Marks work at www.markshepard.com. Thanks to Mark for submitting this poem.

2 Responses to “Contributions to the Bold Street Blog”


  1. 1 JoAnn K Ripple May 2nd, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    When searching through a very old family album, I discovered on the back of a victorian era photo the name M.P. BARRAUD 92 Bold St Liverpool. It also identified the photo as NO. 1776A. I guess for reprints.
    I have been trying to identify this person and time frame when photo was taken, but no one is alive to help me.
    Could you posibly date this photo by the information stated on the back of the photo? My ancestors’ family name residing in Liverpool was KOPER. They originally came from Germany and were in the shipping industry. All other photos of other people in the album were taken in Bremen Germany. Very few of the photos are identified.
    Any information that you could supply would be greatly appreciated.
    Sincerely,
    JoAnn K Ripple

  2. 2 Patrick Fox May 12th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Joann

    We uncovered the existence of a Barraud who was a photographer on the street probably in Victorian times. He was related to the artist who designed the ‘His Masters Voice’ image on the HMV record and there was a rumor that the image was conceived in the studio which was just above what is now forbidden planet.

    Unfortunately, I’m not sure when the studio closed down or what happened to the archive from Barraud so I can’t tell you about the actual photo. Good luck with your search

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