On the eve of the Notting Hill Carnival, Lloyd Bradley reveals the history of black music in the capital, starting during World War I, when the Southern Syncopated Orchestra brought jazz to the city. Following the wave of Commonwealth immigration, its sounds and styles became the foundation of the city’s youth culture. Bradley's book tells the story of the music and the people making it, journeying from Soho jazz clubs and Brixton blues parties to King’s Cross warehouse raves and the streets of Notting Hill – and on to sound systems everywhere.
Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital
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