Half A Century Carnaby Street

Extended version of the short film which can be seen on the Carnaby Echoes website.

 

A film about the building at 50 Carnaby Street, London W1, now a branch of Ben Sherman but previously a series of nightclubs including the Florence Mills Social Parlour (1930s), Club Eleven (1950), the Sunset Club (1950s), the Blue Lagoon (1950s), the Roaring Twenties (1960s) and Columbo’s (1970s).

 

In this film, interviews with Count Suckle, the first DJ at the Roaring Twenties in 1961, and Tony Washington, a regular customer, set the scene for a performance by Lloyd Coxsone, who played at the Roaring Twenties and Columbo’s in the late 1960s and early 70s, accompanied by MC Mikey Foreigner and Denzil Exodus, who played at Columbo’s. In the unlikely surroundings of a clothes shop, the building’s former life is recollected through music and memories.

 

Screened in 2014 as part of the Community Film Club at Tate Modern.

 

Half A Century Carnaby Street
By Lucy Harrison 2013
22 minutes

 

Part of Carnaby Echoes, commissioned by Shaftesbury PLC and curated by Futurecity
Camera: Richard Bevan & Thomas Lock
Sound recording: Jessica Marlowe
Editing: Richard Bevan
With thanks to Ben Sherman