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Live At the Brixton Academy

Live At the Brixton Academy

Sometimes you have to take a chance, and Simon Parkes is nothing if not a risk-taker. The riotous ...

In 1982, aged twenty-three, Simon Parkes paid£1 for a virtually derelict building in Brixton. Over the next fifteen years he turned it into Britain's...

Sounds Like London

Sounds Like London

Scheduled for Radio 4 Book of the week- acclaimed writer Lloyd Bradley explores the influence of ...

For as long as people have been migrating to London, so has their music. An essential link to home, music also has the power to shape communities in ...

Clandestino

Clandestino

A definitive biography of Manu Chao, the Che Guevara of world music.

A decade ago, Manu Chao's band, Mano Negra, toured Colombia by train, negotiating with government troops and rebels - an episode described at the time as'less like a rock'n'roll tour - more like Napoleon's retreat from Moscow'. ...

Black by Design

Black by Design

Lead singer of legendary band The Selecter on music, family and roots.*New, updated edition covers ...

Born in 1953 to Anglo-Jewish/Nigerian parents, Pauline Black was subsequently adopted by a white, working class family in Romford. Never quite at home there, ...