Continuing my research into Bristol and it’s incredible musical history, I just received these brilliant books.
Here’s a petition to save Bristol’s St Paul’s Carnival from being massively scaled down this year.
“If you get a minute please sign this, St Paul’s carnival is the reason I stayed in bristol in fact, when I thought I’d have to move back to london. I went to my first carnival and it sealed the deal. One of the most important aspects is that it brings people into the heart of St Pauls and shows them it is very different to the cliches of violence and drug use that were repeated in the media for many years. The soundsystems on the street are a very important part of this, just ask any number of Bristolian musical talents such as Massive Attack, Roni Size, who have all said in interviews the importance and influence of the carnival on them on their music. To downsize in this way is to take away the heart of the carnival and is suppressing the rights of the community of St Paul’s to celebrate it’s roots in Carribean culture. The community should decide how it wants to celebrate and show off it’s fascinating culture to the rest of Bristol and the world.” - Appleblim.