Britain 1950s/60s, British Blues Boom

Sixties Music Venues: Then and Now

Just for fun, I pulled together a few mid-20th-century image of London-area music venues with my own photos of them, taken last month (June 2015).

The 2i’s Coffee Bar, 59 Old Compton Street, Soho, London
The building is more or less intact and has a historical marker. It’s now the House of Ho rather than the home of the stars, however.2isThenCollage

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Oxford Street HMV, London
I went looking for the Marquee Club’s 1963 location on Oxford Street in London, but no dice – not only is the building history, street construction didn’t even let me get close to the address. At the Oxford Street HMV Shop, however, I found not only a quite historic facade but some good Joe Meek and Northern Soul collections.

HMVThen

HMVNow

 

Ronnie Scott’s, 39 Gerrard Street, Soho, London
There’s still a Soho jazz venue called Ronnie Scott’s, but it isn’t where it was in the 60s. Here’s the old location back in the day, and the same address photographed now.

RonnieScottsThen

RonnieScottsNow

 

The Flamingo Club, 33-37 Wardour Street
The most famous, or infamous, of rhythm & blues clubs still has live music, but by pub cover bands. Foot traffic made it impossible to get one shot of the whole facade.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Frank Monaco / Rex Features ( 9445bs ) Police raid the Flamingo Jazz Club, Wardour Street, London, Britain Various - 1964
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Frank Monaco / Rex Features ( 9445bs )
Police raid the Flamingo Jazz Club, Wardour Street, London, Britain
Various – 1964

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The Goldhawk Social Club, 205 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London
As the Cavern is to the Beatles, the Goldhawk is to The Who. One can only assume that change is slower in far west London. The building is also blue-plaqued.

GoldhawkThen2

GoldhawkNow

 

The Adelphi Cinema, 3 Bath Road, Slough
Hosted concerts by most of the major bands of the British Beat/Blues Booms.

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AdelphiNowCollage

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