English singer David Bowie was born in Brixton in 1947. American singer Taylor Swift references "nights out in Brixton" in her 2019 song "London Boy". English singer-songwriter Elly Jackson of La Roux lives in Brixton, where she created the songs of her 2020-Album "Supervision" Film and television
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- Brixton Before The Riots
- The Evening of April 10
- The Night of April 10 and 11
- After The Riots
- Brixton Riots in The Media
Brixton in south London was a very poor inner-city area with many problems — high unemployment, much crime, bad housing. Many black people, mostly of Caribbean origin, lived there. Many people there disliked the police.
The riot was unplanned. On the evening of the 10th, at around 5.15pm, a black boy with a knife wound was stopped by police. As he was brought to a police car by two policemen along Railton Roada large crowd attacked the police and the fight only ended when more policemen arrived; the youth was taken to hospital.
Through the night of the 10th and on the 11th the police brought many officers into the area. Throughout the day crowds slowly got together. In early evening, as the police tried to make some arrests on Atlantic Road, the riots started: a few bricks were thrown and windows smashed. More police came and more things were thrown. The police retreated, leaving their cars to be burned. Other cars were burned and things were stolen from shops on Railton Road, Mayall Road, Leeson Road and Brixton Roadbefore the police came back. The police closed the Atlantic-Railton-Mayall area to the public, although many other streets had groups of rioting people as well. The rioters started throwing with bricks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails. Cars and buildings were burned and fire enginesattacked as they tried to stop the flames. The riot was at its peak at around 8pm, with two public houses, schools and other buildings burning. Two hours later the police had the area under some control, although the...
The riot was followed by almost 300 police injuries and 65 bad civilianinjuries; over 100 cars were burned, including 56 police cars; almost 150 buildings were damaged, with thirty burned. There were 82 arrests. Between 3 and 11 July of that year, there were more riots in England. There were riots in Handsworth, Southall, Toxteth, and Moss Side. There were also smaller pockets of unrest in Leeds, Leicester, Southampton, Halifax, Bedford, Gloucester, Coventry, Bristol, and Edinburgh.
The riots inspired the Eddy Grant song, "Electric Avenue." The Clash also made a song about Brixton, "The Guns of Brixton." This song came out before the riots of 1981 (The album was sold first in 1979), but it describes the general atmospherein the area.
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