Penny Reel on Stoke Newington Reggae Record shops in the 1970s

A while ago these images appeared on the North Sixteen Twitter: I recognised them from a 1970s reggae documentary “Aquarius” as they are announced as being Stoke Newington (London N16), which is where I live: (Footage starts at 4:50 but it’s well worth viewing in its entirety) There was some interest about the exact location of …

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The secret Ska history of Stamford Hill by Malcolm Imrie

Stamford Hill is right at the northern end of the London Borough of Hackney, bordering Haringey/Tottenham. I’ve lived around there for about 15 years now and have always had an interest in its history. Last May, Richie (Maharishi Hi-Fi / Musical Fever) hosted another one of his excellent nights, this time at the Mascara Bar …

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New Mix: Boops Specialist

One of the great things about reggae’s “version culture” is how getting your mitts on a new tune can reactivate whole swathes of your collection. I stumbled across a storming UK twelve on the Boops riddim recently and spent a very pleasant Saturday afternoon on a version excursion tip, fishing out classics and long forgotten cuts …

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“that sound that seems to get inside you and rearrange you molecularly”

Don Letts came in for a bit of a hammering in Woofah issue 1, but he’s not too bad presenting this. Perhaps because the archive reportage and contributions from people such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Vivien Goldman, Jazzie B, King Tubby, Trevor Sax, Daddy G, Ali Campbell, Caroline Coon, Lenny Henry, Rodigan and Tippa Irie …

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More Stelfox

secondly, the intense concentration on dancehall was a cause for concern. am i – a, to all intents and purposes, comfortably off white boy from london – really the right person to be discussing and criticising this music? shouldn’t it be done by someone who really understands it? why isn’t a guy sitting in kingston …

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