Friday, 29 April 2016

#plaque366 Frank Bates Jazz Singer


April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 


The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series




Jazz singer, 19 Hichisson Road, Peckham Rye SE15




The Southern Syncopated Orchestra took London by storm in 1919, comprised of British West African and West Indian musicians alongside Americans. They performed for the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) at Buckingham Palace as well as the Albert Hall for the 1st anniversary of the Armistice. 


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Friday is Rock'n'Roll London day: England's Dreaming #SexPistols


Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day! Join the Rock'n'Roll London walk this (and every Friday) afternoon at 2:00p.m meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station




Adam writes…

One of the most common questions asked of the guides on the Rock’n’Roll London Walk is: can you recommend a good Rock’n’Roll read.

It’s a tough question to answer in one line. So I'm dedicating this occasional series to answering it one classic book at a time, beginning with…


England's Dreaming
By Jon Savage



England’s Dreaming was first published in 1991 and has been through a number of reprints since. It won the Ralph Gleason music book award and has become required reading for all scholars of rock’n’roll.

Its title is taken from the line in the Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen

"And there's no future/In England's dreaming"

The Sex Pistols are at the epicentre of the narrative explosion, but Savage also treats us to an eye-witness account of the period, pulling in a vivid cast of supporting characters from The Clash to Adam Ant, criss-crossing London from the 100 Club to the Screen on the Green in Islington. The politics of the period, analysed in detail here with a deft lightness of touch, resonate strongly with the present day.

It's a weighty tome at some 600 pages - the antithesis of the short, sharp shock of the music it chronicles and analyses. But Savage is easy company and for all the book's heft and seriousness, it fairly skips along. I'd particularly recommend it to "punk agnostics". Punk inspired many, but enraged others yet – if you are in the latter camp, begin here.

Still at large, Savage is these days an ever-reliable talking head on music documentaries and writes for The Guardian – you can read some of his work HERE.



You can buy a copy of this seminal work at Foyles (which is where I picked up my copy, pictured above) by visiting their shop at 113 - 119 Charing Cross Road WC2 (very near the meeting point for the Rock’n’Roll London Walk). Foyles bookshop makes a punk cameo on the Rock'n'Roll London tour this afternoon.


Here's the trailer for the Rock'n'Roll London Walk…





The Rock'n'Roll London walk is ONLY London Walk with its own dedicated comic book! Written by Rock'n'Roll London guide (and Daily Constitutional editor Adam) you can buy a print copy on the tour or download (digital and/or print – free download sampler available!) at the London Bookstore online: londonbookstore.myshopify.com


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Thursday, 28 April 2016

#plaque366 Sidney Bechet


April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 


The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series


Jazz legend Sidney Bechet in Fitzrovia, 27 Conway Street






Here's how to find the plaque…



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#LondonSongs – Three Greats From London Walker Barbara Sweet @JhabiteSe1


With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.


To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!


A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!



DC Editor Adam writes… During Music Month I'm collecting London music to shape The Big London Playlist. Get in touch with your faves!


This via Twitter from London Walker Barbara Sweet…






All good ones Barbara, thanks! They're on The Big London Playlist NOW!



The Lambeth Walk is woven into the fabric of our city. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were reported to have joined in with the "Oi!" responses when they attended Me And My Girl at the Palace… that's the Victoria Palace theatre rather than Buck House. 







Famous housepainter Herr Hitler and his chums in the Nazi propaganda business described it as "Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping."


Cheeky blighter. Only one response to that, if you'll excuse the interruption Barbara… and that response is a song. 

March time, altogether now 1! 2! 3! 4!


"Hitler has only got one ball
Goering has two (but very small)
Himmler is very similar
But poor old Goebells has no balls at all"


The famous wartime satirical song has numerous claimants stepping forth for ownership of the lyric - which speculates on the genital arrangements and proportions of the Nazi top brass. And who wouldn't want to claim authorship of such a rough-hewn satirical diamond? The rhyming of Himmler with "similar" is pure genius.

The tune, however, has only one father – Kenneth J. Alford, born Frederick Ricketts in the parish of Shadwell, East London in 1881. Colonel Bogey remains his most famous tune…





But back to Barbara's selections

Knocked 'Em in the Old Kent Road is a music hall classic. It was written in 1891 by Albert Chevalier who specialised in Cockney songs, earning him the nickname The Costers' Laureate. Your selection gives us the opportunity to add Stanley Holloway to the Big London Playlist for a third time…




Parklife by Blur has an impeccable London pedigree. The video was filmed down by the Pilot pub on the Greenwich Peninsula. The track features on the album of the same name – the sleeve photography for the album was captured at Walthamstow dog track.

Here's the track…




And here's the famous video…




Thanks Barbara!

  
The full Big London Playlist 2016 – so far! – is here…





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