About me

My student union campaign leaflet in 1984 – and I got elected!

My name is Tony McMahon and I have a vast collection of 70s and 80s memorabilia.  Heaps of music mags, newspapers, political stuff and general trivia. And some bullet points about my career.

  • Co-author of two biographies of Neville Staple, vocalist in The Specials, and Errol Christie, ex-professional boxer (the latter book put up for two major literary awards). Both books published by Aurum Press
  • Author of “Quest for the True Cross” – published by Bertelsmann in Europe
  • 2016 will see my next book “The Battle For British Islam” published by Saqi Books
  • Former BBC news producer
  • Print journalist for 20 years
  • 1984/85 Deputy President, Liverpool University Guild of Students
  • Early 1980s – Labour Party activist

Went through every youth cult of the late 70s and early 80s with varying degrees of enthusiasm from New Wave to New Romantic. The university student paper once said “Tony McMahon should decide if he’s a dedicated Marxist or a decadent disco kid”. I chose to be both!

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2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Tony
    Do you know who owns the copyright for the County Hall image – London’s unemployed 1981?
    I’d like to use it in a community publication and on a blog telling the story of the pensioners movement in Southwark.

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