A book chronicling iconic (now sadly closed) music venue Total Refreshment Centre, together with a history of the building and its occupants. At its heart is a manifesto for creating and supporting musical communities that couldn't be more relevant here in London at this particular point in time! RECOMMENDED
Make Some Space documents the colourful community that ran ad hoc music venue Total Refreshment Centre. It tells the story of an Edwardian factory that became an influential music space that was run on the shortest of shoestrings. It’s an insider guide that explains how TRC helped incubate the new London jazz scene, and which uses deep research to link Britain’s turn-of-the-century sugar rush to lovers rock and forgotten London venues. It’s a vivacious and idiosyncratic reminder of why we need places to gather.
Emma Warren grew up in Bromley, lives in Lewisham, and has been documenting music culture for decades. She was a founding contributor to Jockey Slut magazine; worked at THE FACE; compiled the ‘Steppers Delight’ dubstep albums for Soul Jazz; made BBC radio documentaries and worked as the lead editorial mentor at Brixton youth-run publication Live Magazine. She hosted multiple longform interviews for RedBull Music Academy, including Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Björk. Currently she has a monthly show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM and ran Counterpoint at Tate Moderninviting young jazz musicians to bring their improv skills to b2b sets behind the decks. Make Some Space is Emma Warren’s first book. It is published on her new imprint, Sweet Machine.
"Magic happens. It happened here, a lot. This book makes us feel like we can do it too."
Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music
“Modern London embodies the maxim “if you leave people to get along they generally
get along”, and nowhere illustrates this better than Total Refreshment Centre, a
self-governing, all-inclusive, uninhibited House of Music. Make Some Space captures its
co-operative anarchy with such verve it leaves no doubt about the relationship between
spaces and creativity and why this is vital for culture to thrive unchecked.”
Lloyd Bradley, ‘Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital’
“An amazing book about an amazing venue.”
“A lyrical testimony to the power of street-level social energy and creativity – and a
considered and optimistic rebuke to the forces that continually seek to oppress it”
Richard King, ‘Original Rockers’ and ‘The Lark Ascending’
“In Emma Warren's loving tribute to the Total Refreshment Centre and the birth of the
new London jazz scene we have an inspiring testimony to how community spaces can
make culture come alive – and make the people that use them come alive, too. In a
rapidly gentrifying city, it's a rare and beautiful thing.”
Dan Hancox, ‘Inner City Pressure: The Story Of Grime’