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Portobello Road: Lives of a Neighbourhood
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Julian Mash
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Portobello Road: Lives of a Neighbourhood

Julian Mash


Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Local history;
Places & peoples: pictorial works


320 pages

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Portobello Road is London's most iconic street and a unique place to live and visit. Despite the waves of gentrification, soaring rents and the recent arrival of High Street chains, its Bohemian, anarchic, creative spirit still survives. Julian Mash, a former bookseller at the famous Travel Bookshop, meets the traders and shopkeepers, film-makers and fashionistas, punks, promoters and poets who make Portobello what it is. From his encounters with famous residents like Damon Albarn and life-long market traders like Peter Cain there emerges a vivid and sometimes surprising picture of one of Britain's most famous neighbourhoods. This fascinatingly illustrated book explores how Portobello Road has been at the centre of trends as diverse as racial integration, health food, vintage fashion, the property boom and the life and death of record shops.

By:   Julian Mash
Imprint:   Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780711237445
ISBN 10:   0711237441
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   July 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction: Beyond the Blue Door Part One: Into the Market Out of the Barrow and Into the Ring Vinyl Habit: Minus Zero and the Life and Death of the Record Shop The Travel Bookshop 1979-2011 Homeless Bones: Antiques Tomorrow's You: The Health Food Revolutionaries Sunset Boulevard and the Birth of Vintage Fashion From Rogue to Vogue: Paul Breuer Vintage Clothes An Appointment with the Dentist Part Two: Lord, Don't Stop the Carnival There's a Riot Going On: 1958 and the Notting Hill Race Riots Pageant, Fireworks, Music, Plays & Poetry: The London Free School and the 1966 Carnival Mas in the Ghetto: Carnival 1973 Gaz's Rockin' Blues The Mangrove Steelband Fox Friends: The Maverick Masquerade Band Part Three: In Love with Rock 'n' Roll Pink Floyd Go into Interstellar Overdrive Hawkwind: The House Band 1976 Rough Trade and the Birth of Punk Killing Joke: The Adventures of Youth Under the Westway: Damon Albarn The Rise of XL Records Part Four: Bricks and Mortar A Legal Matter: Goodwin & Knipe In Search of a Furnished Room Performance and Powis Square Further Limits: Duncan Fallowell Heathcote Williams and the Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Squatting Agency Basement Bedlam and the Rise of the Super Rich Behind the Blue Door with Richard Curtis Afterword Notes Index Acknowledgements

JULIAN MASH graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in Creative Writing in 2011. He spent much of his twenties running a record label and playing in a band before becoming a bookseller. He has lived and worked in and around Portobello Road for the last ten years, half of which was spent working at the Travel Bookshop, a local institution and the inspiration for the bookshop in the film Notting Hill. He is currently manager of the Idler Academy and literary events manager for End of the Road Festival. He was a recipient of a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction in 2013.

'... you need this book on your shelf' The Londonist a fascinating look at a fascinating part of London -- Robert Elms BBC London elegy for a lost community Evening Standard a charming addition to the canon. The 'Lives' in the subtitle - a colourful cast of rock stars, bohemians, hustlers and slum landlords - are brought to life in such detail, you can almost smell the jerk chicken. Easyjet Traveller

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