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London’s Lost Music Venues 2 – Book Launch News


Damaged Goods Books are proud to announce ‘London’s Lost Music Venues 2’, available this coming June 23rd, the second volume of the photographic guide to the iconic lost live music venues of London, as they are today.

The first volume, issued in 2020 during the initial lockdown at a time when the music world began to seriously wonder how any venues were going to survive the pandemic, featured over 100 lost smaller venues from all over London. The very real fear throughout the pandemic was that the planned second volume would be even larger as the venues in the capital feared for their futures, but thankfully as we (hopefully) come through the other side of the pandemic, almost all have survived and live music has once again exploded across London. This second volume, then, features over 140 venues from the past, focusing on the larger halls and theatres of London’s musical heyday.

Did you dance the night away at the Hammersmith Palais? Queue outside the Rainbow theatre to see The Jam or The Osmonds? Or jive along to rock ‘n’ roll legends at the Cellar Club in Kingston? Then this is another book is for you! Paul Talling, author of ‘London’s Lost Music Venues 1’, ‘Derelict London’ & ‘London’s Lost Rivers’ returns his attention to the lost music venues of London.

This time round he focusses on the larger, theatre sized venues as well as a few smaller venues not included in the first volume plus some more recent losses. This book takes a look at some of the iconic venues of the last 60 years with images, flyers and modern-day photos of what they are now, with 292 pages with full colour photos throughout.

Venues include Hammersmith Palais, The Rainbow, The Astoria, The Borderline, The Lyceum and many more. Featuring photos, adverts & tickets, this book is a reminder of a less homogenised London, taking you back to the city’s halcyon days of Rock N Roll, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Rock, Punk, Indie and more.

The unveiling of ‘London’s Lost Music Venues 2’ will also be celebrated on June 28th with a special launch party at Rough Trade East featuring an acoustic set from The Adverts legend and musical troubadour TV Smith, plus a book signing and Q&A with Paul Talling and more.

Tickets Available HERE

Paul Talling’s first book of Lost Venues was warmly received with large features in The Observer, The Guardian, Mojo, The Times & more. Paul also has two other very successful books out via Random House called ‘All New Derelict London’ and ‘London’s Lost Rivers’, he appears regularly on BBC London, BBC 6MUSIC and has made many TV appearances.

Pre-order ‘London’s Lost Music Venues 2’

Pre-Order HERE

Some words on Volume 1:

“A timely reminder of what we have already lost.” The Guardian

“Fascinating and depressing procession of vanished seminal niteries.” Classic Rock

“Talling’s detective work captures a sense of transience.” Financial Times

“A time-and-space-travelling handbook to fascinate the discerning music fan.” Mojo

“A timely reminder of what we have to lose.” Vive Le Rock

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Raymond Thomson - Deputy Editor

I am a photographer/musician/engineer living in Scotland. My passion is music and motocross and I share my work on facebook/punk4RT and facebook/madmaxmedia. I do like a bit of throw back to the heydays of the 60’s/70’s/80’s when it comes to taking shots of bands. I grew up on the music papers (NME/Sounds/Melody Maker) and drew influence from Pennie Smith/Jill Furmanovsky/Anton Corbijn/Bob Gruen/Adrian Boot/Charles Peterson.
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