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Jools Holland – London Calling (Full Documentary) October 28, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Music.

On this cold night… well worth a watch
via the ‘Come Here To Me’ Facebook

The blurb

Jools Holland embarks on a personal journey through the streets, historical landmarks, pubs, music halls and rock ‘n’ roll venues of London to uncover a history of the city through its songs, the people who wrote them and the Londoners who joined in the chorus.

Unlike Chicago blues or Memphis soul, London has no one definitive sound. Its noisy history is full of grime, clamour, industry and countless different voices demanding to be heard. But there is a strain of street-wise realism that is forever present, from its world-famous nursery rhymes to its music hall traditions, and from the Broadside Ballad through to punk and beyond.

Jools’s investigation – at once probing and humorous – identifies the many ingredients of a salty tone that could be called ‘the London sound’ as he tracks through the centuries from the ballads of Tyburn Gallows to Broadside publishing in Seven Dials in the 18th century, to Wilton’s Music Hall in the late 19th century, to the Caribbean sounds and styles that first docked at Tilbury with the Windrush in 1948, to his own conception to the strains of Humphrey Lyttelton at the 100 Club in 1957.

Along the way, he meets musicians such as Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Suggs, Roy Hudd, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Brown and Eliza Carthy who perform and talk about such classic songs as London Bridge is Falling Down, While London Sleeps, Knocked ‘Em in the Old Kent Road, St James Infirmary Blues and Oranges and Lemons.


1. Mark P - October 29, 2012

Before I commit to this, can someone who has seen it warn me if it’s going to feature Holland slapping boogie woogie piano over otherwise good songs?


sonofstan - October 29, 2012

It’s going to feature Holland. That’s enough for me to pass.

Here is (or was) a good blog on the subject of that London and its songs.



WorldbyStorm - October 29, 2012

It’s what splintered sunrise coined as the Jools Holland fallacy, the believe that a song, any song, was improved by the addition of boogie woogie piano.

I have to say in my opinion he and you both are correct.


2. John Cunningham - October 29, 2012

Aah, lads!


3. anarchaeologist - October 29, 2012

Whatever about the JH fallacy, it was actually quite an interesting show with little enough of Jools’s ivory tinkling going on.


WorldbyStorm - October 29, 2012

I’m sure it was to be fair. I like Holland as a person and his love of music is genuine and great, it’s just on his show when he sits behind the piano I get nervous 🙂 A little goes a long way (and I say that also as someone who thinks on various tracks I’ve got he added rather than detracted to a broad range of stuff).


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