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Carl Allen

About the Author:

Self-confessed music obsessive, Carl Allen has been going to gigs regularly since his days as music editor of his student paper. He is also a keen photographer and has had his photos published in the national press. This book is a culmination of eight years of gig going, research and photography in the capital's myriad music venues.

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London Gig Venues

'London is steeped in music history and is the focal point for any music pilgrimage for fans discovering where their favourite musicians lived, recorded, played and partied. We asked Carl Allen - author of London Gig Venues - to give us a mini hit list of the best venues that music fans could visit.' TNT Magazine 15th April 2016

'If you’re visiting the city, or just interested in the musical history of a great city, it’s definitely worth picking up a copy ofLondon Gig Venues.' Travelling History, 16th May 2016

The weird history of London music venues - Time Out London, online article May 24th 2016

'There are an awful lot of books published about London but most are aimed at tourists and list the usual museums, art galleries and attractions. London Gig Guide is a unique publication in that it lists every music venue past and present. There is even a list of best ever London gigs (as compiled by Time Out in 2005) which includes The Smiths at Jubilee Gardens performing at the GLC Jobs for a Change event in 1984. Let us just remind ourselves of the genius of Morrissey as we watch him perform This Charming Man. Don’t you just wish you had seen them perform?' The Carouser, 7th June 2016

'Carl Allen, author of London Gig Venues, has researched the history of more than 550 of London’s live music venues, present and past. Here he explores memorable episodes in the history of some of the capital’s most interesting music hubs…' BBC History Extra, 7th September 2016


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