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VA - London Is The Place For Me 3 / 2LP

VA - London Is The Place For Me 3 / 2LP

18.50 EUR
History, they say, is written by the victors. Without a doubt, it's written by the governing majority, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the near invisibility, until very recently, of black and African people in chronicles of British life and culture.
Born in 1919 in Nigeria, Campbell came to Britain as a merchant seaman during the early 1940s. He remained in London, leading his West African Rhythm Brothers, until 1972, when he accepted an offer to join Leon Russell's blue-eyed soul revue in the US. He returned to Britain two years ago, and now lives in happy semi-retirement in the southern seaport of Plymouth.
Campbell was befriended and appreciated by an astonishing range of people, from playwright George Bernard Shaw to Jamaican ska star Prince Buster (that's Buster playing one of Campbell's squeeze drums on the CD's front cover). Novelist Colin MacInnes was a close friend, and he immortalised Campbell as bandleader Cranium Cuthbertson in his history-as-fiction Soho novel City Of Spades. Yet so powerful is Britain's Eurocentric bias that you will find no trace of Campbell (nor the Alabi nor Club Afrique) in other books about Soho during this, its golden period. London Is The Place For Me 3 goes some way to correcting the omissions.