After some serious spring cleaning – there will be piles of records (vinyl, CDs tapes, including exclusive promo copies) and books, plus some posters, African clothes and craft, and bits and pieces that need a 'loving home.' So you can swing over to Harlesden, in London, and grab a bargain, or just a chat with BBM/BMC's Kwaku, who'll be manning the stalls.
1. If you're going for more than a chat or browse, take some MONEY. All money raised goes towards BritishBlackMusic.com (BBM), which is an un-funded not-for profit organisation. It all helps us continue the freebie opportunities we offer!! This is there 12th Fair, and the first to be held on multiple days.
2. You don't have to book to go. However by booking, they can keep you updated.
They will be in the forecourt of Harlesden Methodist Church between 1-7pm on Saturday August 8 with some some of the items listed in advance. However, all are welcome to enquire if they have something specific, perhaps a 12-inch record or a particular music or African history book that has been hankered for.
BBM is also looking for help to compile the Top 20 Favourite British Socio-Political Songs to start off their UK & US Music & Socio-Political Activism & Wood Guthrie, on August 10.
The event will be followed by video of Prof Will Kaufman performing & presenting Woody Guthrie: The Long Road to Peekskill* plus Q&A, including interview with Prof Kaufman.
The Long Road to Peekskill presents the story of Guthrie’s personal transformation from a youthful Oklahoma racist to the ardent anti-racist champion who, along with many others, risked his life holding the line against American fascism during the notorious Peekskill riots of 1949. Conventionally known for his championing of the poor white Dust Bowl migrants, Guthrie also left an extensive body of songs condemning Jim Crow segregation, lynching and race hatred. Most of these songs were never recorded, but they are the legacy of this remarkable journey that eventually brought Guthrie into the fellowship of Lead Belly, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Paul Robeson. The Long Road to Peekskill is both a harrowing and uplifting presentation, showing through the example of Woody Guthrie that racists are not born, but made - and that they can be unmade.
The discussion will centre around what we can learn from the American civil rights experience, bearing in mind it is 50 years ater the enactment of the first Race Relations Actand 70 years after the 5th Pan African Congress, where a demand was made for an anti-racism law in Britain.
Part of the BBMM2015 & British History 50:70 @ Harrow Mencap sessions: Music industry and history consultant Kwaku, who's also founder of BBM/BMC, will be leading these sessions, which will where indicated have special guests. All sessions provide Q&A opportunities.