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Joolz Guides: Tour of Brixton


Another of these fun, quirky videos

One of the many reasons I like these videos is that he visits so many places I used to know years ago. It is incredibly nostalgic and fun.

This one was so evocative back in the 1970s I Used to shop in Brixton market in Electric Avenue and I lived in Herne Hill.

In this rather excellent walking tour of Brixton Joolz shows how the area has changed from fields and farm land in the 19th century to a multicultural bustling hub of activity.

Brixton was home to David Bowie, John Major and many of the people who arrived from the Caribbean on the Windrush in 1948. Since then Brixton has been the heart of the Afro-Caribbean community in London where you can find the Black Cultural Archive and Brixton Market with culturally diverse shops and food. Also home to the famous Blacker Dread record store and Pop Brixton, a market made of shipping containers.

We meet poet Naturalie Wright and poet and community activist Michael Groce who recalls the Brixton riots and how they started as well as how the place has changed over the years.

Brixton Academy has one of London’s largest stages and has hosted most of the famous bands you can name over the years. Visit the house where David Bowie was born and also his mural which has become a shrine.

Brixton also was home to the UK’s first department store and Electric Avenue, the first market street to be lit by electricity. There’s even an underground river which had a coffin floating down it, the Ambrose Chapel from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and a functioning windmill!

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