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A Thousand Years of A London Street: Denmark Street
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A Thousand Years of A London Street: Denmark Street (Paperback)

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This book is intended to be the first of a series documenting London Streets and a thousand years of their respective histories. Clearly some routes were only trackways, pathways or even fields but where Londoners have existed, worked, fought, traded, played, lived and died on the site it's fascinating to mark the journey, growth, sights and sounds of these iconic London thoroughfares. Denmark Street wasn't built until the 1680s, but fascinating characters from all walks of life have been active on the site since the 1000s at least. Royalty, singers, musicians, highwaymen, murderers, thieves, arsonists, inventors, pioneers, regicides, politicians, revolutionaries, songwriters, poets and artists are all part of the colourful past of the street that became known as Tin Pan Alley.



Denmark Street, and the site on which it was built, has witnessed a millennium of mass murderers, rock stars, inventors, serial killers, queens, rebels, rogues, lepers, poets, explorers, arsonists, swordsmen, activists, criminals, anarchists, racing drivers, reformers, schemers, dreamers, pirates, plague victims, great lovers, pioneers, regicides and songwriters.



The Beatles, Queen Matilda, Jimi Hendrix, The Kray Twins, David Bowie, Karl Marx, General Tom Thumb, Elton John, Tom Jones, Casanova, Claud Duvall, The Rolling Stones, Denis Nilson, The Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin, Johan Zoffany and hundreds of other familiar names, all walked, worked, or wrote in this site. The New Musical Express and the Melody Maker were born here, and it was, for a century, the home of our great songwriters and the British music publishing industry.

BiographyTrue storiesHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Cranthorpe Millner Publishers Publication Date: 25/06/2019 ISBN-13: 9781912964208  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mike has been a broadcaster for over 40 years, he spent 5 years presenting the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show from 1981 and has worked for a number of other radio stations. As a TV presenter, he's best known for Saturday Superstore and the music game show Pop Quiz. He's currently the breakfast show presenter for the mainly online station, United DJs which was launched last April. Mike Read was created a Knight of Malta in 2011 and is Chairman of the British Plaque Trust. During 2018 he expanded the Blue Plaque scheme into the Commonwealth. Mike is also an Ambassador for the Prince's Trust and founder of the Rupert Brooke Museum & Society. Mike has won ten National Broadcaster of the Year Awards, an International Music award and has been awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy for his special contribution to Britain's music industry. He has been a household name in Britain for over 35 years having fronted three top-rated long-running TV series, Top of the Pops, Pop Quiz & Saturday Superstore and three national radio breakfast shows, including Radio One, Classic FM and currently United DJs Radio. 2016 saw him still presenting front line programmes for the BBC as well as producing and presenting a new TV series, Tin Pan Alley, which ran for 8 weeks on Sky. During 2016 and 2017 he was writing, shooting, producing and presenting a six-part series, Jamaicaphiles. A best-selling author, he has had some forty books published. Mike has written several film scripts, had eight musicals staged and penned songs for over forty major artists as well as having several chart hits, twice topping the Independent Singles Chart and recently writing a No.1 in the North American Chart. 2019 sees his musical Great Expectations undertaking another national tour. He has played himself in such perennial TV favourites as Only Fools and Horses and Midsomer Murders and has interviewed 100s of major artists on his live TV show and on stage. Mike has also presented for and worked with most of the Royal Family. He regularly travels to different parts of the world broadcasting or giving talks. The release of A Thousand Years of a London Street: Denmark Street, will be Mike's 40th book to date.

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