Portobello Road

Lives of a Neighbourhood

Portobello Road Lives of a Neighbourhood
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Format: Hardcover Book , 320 Pages
ISBN: 9780711234901
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Designed as a series of snapshots, told through the eyes of those who have lived it, this is the alternative history of a street rich in diversity, full of fascinating voices and unlikely encounters. Portobello Road and the surrounding neighbourhood is perhaps the most important source and barometer of social and cultural change in Britain over the last fifty years. Themes of slumification, gentrification, London as a melting pot, vintage fashion, independent record labels and the life and death of record shops emerge from these street-level accounts of the dealers and DJs, film-makers and fashionistas, punks, politicians, producers and poets who make the street what it is. In four sections covering the market, the music scene, the Carnival and the changing local population, Julian Mash weaves together their extraordinary stories.

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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 coming to the conclusion that neither activity was beneficial: one lost him money whilst the other was bad for his health. 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 now manages the bookshop at the Idler Academy in nearby Westbourne Park, and is Literary Events manager for the End of the Road Festival.

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Format: Hardcover Book , 320 Pages
ISBN: 9780711234901
Illustrations: 70 photographs and illustrations in black and white
Size: 5.079 in x 7.795 in / 129 mm x 198 mm
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