Soul City Wandering

Soul City Wandering : A London Pilgrimage

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The aim of Soul City Wandering is to guide individuals towards embracing their urban environment by encouraging interaction between time, place and emotion, or engagement with a journey.
As such, Soul City Wandering is a gateway into the world of psychogeography, a comparatively modern label for the act of experiencing your surroundings on a sensory level.
The model is London. A city so complex, crowded and consuming, that it's easy to feel disoriented, disenchanted and disconnected.
Fusing history, music and poetry, the author invites readers to rediscover the capital, its streets, its structures, and its soul.
The main 'pilgrimage' is an easily navigable route combining walking and public transport. It links twelve highly evocative places and uses lyrical expression to amplify a sensory perception of the city.
This book is not about 'hidden London'. Most of the locations are well-known. They have been selected because they have a strong 'synergy'. That is, spaces where the interaction of multiple agents or events produces an effect greater than the sum of their individual significance.
Two further models of this concept are included. Both are London-themed but a little more compact: 'Romancing the British Museum' is an exploration of that institution's influence on poetry, while 'Ghosts of Swinging London' is a jaunt around Soho, focusing on its impact on rock 'n' roll.
In addition, hints and tips have been added to help readers create their own experiences.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 302g
  • Gloucester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 45 black and white pictures, 4 maps
  • 1789631297
  • 9781789631296
  • 2,215,172

Table of contents

Soul City Wandering 1;
Introduction 2;
Branches of Psychogeography 7;
POINT 1: Piccadilly Circus 13;
Children of the Revolution (The Urchins' Parade) 13;
POINT 2: Westminster Abbey 16;
A Vast Unfinished Universe 16;
POINT 3: Hungerford Bridge, Embankment 28;
What I Did (Obsessive Killing Disorder) 28;
POINT 4: Redcross Way, Southwark 34;
Big Daves Gusset 34;
POINT 5: City Thameslink Station, Newgate Street 36;
It Tolls for Thee 36;
POINT 6: Smithfield, West Smithfield 43;
Seat of the Beast 44;
POINT 7: St Bartholomew's Hospital, Giltspur Street 49;
The Italian Boy 49;
POINT 8: Postman's Park, Aldersgate 54;
The Truth Is Somewhat More Prosaic 54;
POINT 9: St Foster's Church, Foster Lane 57;
Foster Father 57;
POINT 10: Wood Street, Junction with Cheapside 62;
Last of the Mohicans (Mio Platano Amato) 62;
POINT 11: St Pancras Gardens, Pancras Road 72;
Here Lies ... 72;
POINT 12: Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane 78;
Eden 78;
Postscript 80;
Romancing the British Museum 83;
Introduction 84;
POINT 1: Great Court 90;
POINT 2: Reading Room 92;
POINT 3: King's Library/Enlightenment Gallery (Room 1) 97;
POINT 4: Clytie Bust (Room 1: King's Library) 101;
POINT 5: Maurice's Indian Antiquities (Room 1: King's Library) 104;
POINT 6: Ramesses the Great (Room 4: Egyptian Galleries) 107;
POINT 7: Mausolus and Artemisia (Room 21: Halicarnassus) 110;
POINT 8: Caryatid (Room 19: Greek Galleries) 113;
POINT 9: Parthenon Sculptures (Room 18: Duveen Gallery) 116;
POINT 10: Keats on the Parthenon Sculptures (Duveen Gallery) 122;
POINT 11: Assyrian Bulls (Room 10: Assyrian Galleries) 124;
POINT 12: Antinous as Bacchus (Room 70: Upper Floor) 127;
POINT 13: Portland Vase (Room 70: Upper Floor) 129;
POINT 14: Mummy of Artemidorus (Room 62: Upper Floor) 134;
POINT 15: Flood Tablet (Room 55: Upper Floor) 137;
POINT 16: Postscript: Art Versus Art (Pediment) 139;
Further Reading 141;
Ghosts of Swinging London 151;
Introduction 152;
POINT 1: Denmark Street: Tin Pan Alley 154;
POINT 2: Moor Street: The Spice of Life 157;
POINT 3: Great Newport Street: The Porcupine 158;
POINT 4: Wardour Street: O'Neill's 160;
POINT 5: Macclesfield Street (Chinatown): De Hems 162;
POINT 6: Old Compton Street: Compton's 164;
POINT 7: Wardour Street: Residence Bar 166;
POINT 8: Wardour Street: The Ship 167;
POINT 9: D'Arblay Street: The George 169;
POINT 10: Great Marlborough Street: Coach & Horses 171;
POINT 11: Carnaby Street: Shakespeare's Head 173;
POINT 12: Finish and Postscript 175;
Sources & References 177;
Soul City Wandering 178;
Romancing the British Museum 191;
Ghosts of Swinging London 195;
Routes & Maps 197;
Route for Soul City Wandering 198;
Route for British Museum 200;
Route for Ghosts of Swinging London 202;
Map for Soul City Wandering 204;
Map for British Museum 206;
Map for Ghosts of Swinging London 207;
You Can Go Your Own Way 209;
Finding a Theme 210;
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About Frank Molloy

Frank Molloy is a London-born journalist, producer, guide and author. A writer on the city's history and culture, he lectures at various institutions including the Museum of London and the National Portrait Gallery.
Frank studied production at the London College of Printing, journalism at St Martin's College, guiding at Imperial College, City University and Westminster University, and London history (MA) at Birkbeck, University of London.
Frank is a professional guide officially registered with the British Tourist Guide Institute of which he is an accredited examiner. In 2006 he was awarded the highest professional qualification in the tour sector, the Blue Badge. In 2007 he qualified as a City of London Guide, and in 2020 he qualified as a City of Westminster Guide.
Frank has lectured for the James Joyce Society in Dublin (as producer of the official classical soundtrack to Ulysses), the Institute of Tour Guides training programmes, and delivered a series of talks on the 'Swinging 60s' for the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Frank's expertise stretches from history, art and literature (writing on these subjects as a journalist), to music, pubs and football (he has worked within the professional game and is a member of the Football Writers' Association).
Soul City Wandering is Frank Molloy's first book.
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