Tottenham notes

There’s too much happening to make much sense of it all right now.  I’ll try to write about Hackney soon. I mentioned the death of Mark Duggan, shot by police in Tottenham, in my last post. Thursday There have been mixed reports about the circumstances of his death. Rumours circulated that Duggan was shot whilst …

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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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Lyric Maker (from England and Jamaica): John Eden and paul.meme present a JA vs UK Soundclash

Me and Paul Meme have come up with a new mix for download – Jammys digital to start, but mainly mid 80s fast chat cockney business. Essentially the product of too many evenings round at mine while Paul was staying over. I’d play him my records and then he’d go away and painstakingly muck about …

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Diseases

All this bollocks yesterday from the minister for international development about how “Reggae stars ‘fuel spread of HIV’” is more than adequately dealt with by my old mucker here: and also by Human Rights Watch’s recent report Hated To Death: Homophobia, Violence and Jamaica’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic. Which states that, y’know, the fact that homosexuality has …

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LONDON ACID CITY: When the Two 8’s Clash

“I don’t think many readers have really understood what I set out to do with The Assault on Culture. My principle concern was actually with the construction of histories, the process of historification, the fact that no matter how much attention is paid to detail; the construction of a history is always a process of …

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