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Black Music White Britain Book

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Ian Snowball has been in touch with a word about an upcoming book, titled Black Music White Britain written by Pete McKenna and Ian Snowball


Planned for a Dec 2013 launch, this books approach seems to be along the lines of a journey through the heritage of black music in Britain


Here's the blurb from the website...


BLACK MUSIC WHITE BRITAIN is exactly what it says on the album sleeve. A journey through the constantly changing heritage of black music in Britain that began on the twenty second of June nineteen forty eight when a former German naval vessel arrived in Tilbury Docks London with a rather special cargo.


Black Music in White Britain aims to both educate but more importantly celebrate some of the most significant, memorable and timeless artists, songs, pioneering record labels and clubs that have left an indelible mark on Britain’s music and youth culture.


For this book we have mainly concentrated on the years stemming from the 1950’s leading up to the end of the 1970’s.


Can find more info via the link below



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Ernie Andrews


Sounds interesting but Black music in White britain was before 1948- A recent TV programme highlighted about this (Cant remember the name of it but included Leslie Thomson) One of the main protagonists (Ken Snakehips Johnson) in the programme was killed during the war in a London Theatre. The progamme was about Black Bands in the UK- It was on late at night & was superb . 

Found this which is what the programe was about and proves pre 1948 :http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/#/black-british-swing-caribbean/4567525345



There was a huge interest in jazz well before 1948, and I trust the authors aren't going to be foolish enough to assume that it was the arrival of Windrush in 1948 that introduced Black music to the UK as that clearly wasn't the case.

Guest snowy


Thanks Mike for the plug. We are getting news on the publication date next week. 

We could have started the book in many places. However we didn't and decided on the arrival of the Windrush. but yes well aware that it's a very wide subject.

As with any book some people will enjoy it and some will not.

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