Sounds Like London : 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital, Paperback Book

Sounds Like London : 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital Paperback

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


For as long as people have been migrating to London, so has their music.

An essential link to home, music also has the power to shape communities in surprising ways. Black music has been part of London's landscape since the First World War, when the Southern Syncopated Orchestra brought jazz to the capital.

Following the wave of Commonwealth immigration, its sounds and styles took up residence to become the foundation of the city's youth culture.

Sounds Like London tells the story of the music and the larger-than-life characters making it, journeying from Soho jazz clubs to Brixton blues parties to King's Cross warehouse raves to the streets of Notting Hill - and onto sound systems everywhere.

As well as a journey through the musical history of London, Sounds Like London is about the shaping of a city, and in turn the whole nation, through music. Contributors include Eddy Grant, Osibisa, Russell Henderson, Dizzee Rascal and Trevor Nelson, with an introduction by Soul2Soul's Jazzie B.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Music: styles & genres
  • ISBN: 9781846687617

Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews.

Review by

radio-4, published-2013, summer-2013, music, london, britain-englandRead from August 10 to 17, 2013BOTWBlurb: The story of a city's transformation through its music, taking in the wave of Commonwealth immigration in the 40s right up to the present day.In the first episode the Empire Windrush brings an exciting new style of music to London with the arrival of Caribbean Calypso star Lord Kitchener.Read by Ben Onwukwe. Written by Lloyd Bradley. Abridged by Natalie Steed. Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.Enjoyed this one.LORD KITCHENER - London Is the Place for Me2 likes

Also by Lloyd Bradley   |  View all