Listen to a reading of “Stockwell Road Shots” by Tony Rickaby.
In 1966 the Italian director Michaelangelo Antonioni made the film Blow-Up, about a photographer’s accidental involvement with a gun murder. In one scene David Hemmings is driving his open-top Rolls Royce along a street in which all the buildings are painted red. This is the Stockwell Road, and the buildings were the premises of the motorcycle dealers Pride & Clarke.
The Brixton Academy used to be The Astoria cinema. I once saw an Andy Warhol film there – Lonesome Cowboys. I remember thinking how funny it was and wondering