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"South Of Babylon: The Ruts 1978-1979” (HA024) features many rare and previously unseen photographs of both the band and their fans.

As photographer Virginia Turbett writes in an excerpt from her introduction to the photozine:

"I first met The Ruts in December, 1978 photographing them for an article for Sounds. We walked down Long Acre to Leicester Square taking photos in a joke shop and amusement arcade. They were sweet, funny young men from West London. They gave me a copy of 'In A Rut, their first single and it blew my socks off.   The B side, 'H-Eyes', was as powerful as the A side, but with a prophetic message that still sends a shiver down the spines of all of us who  love them 41 years later."
"The world is a better place for having The Ruts and Ruts DC in it. They are smart, kind, politically astute and angry people who I’ve loved photographing over the last 40 years. I still listen to their music, (their latest album, ‘Music Must Destroy’ is utterly brilliant), I wear their tee-shirts and sing along loudly at their gigs. Seeing them live is just as exciting as it was in ‘78 - as everyone who saw them on the recent 'Crack 40th Anniversary tour will attest."


Photography by Virginia Turbett

© 2019 Virginia Turbett & Hanging Around Books (HA024)

An edition of 250 copies

A5 paperback photozine. 36 pages. Digitally printed on recycled paper. 

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Please note: the images throughout this website are watermarked "Hanging Around Books" for the photographers' copyright protection. Purchased copies do not have these watermarks.

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