Saturday, 23 February 2013

Old Compton Street, London

Old Compton Street runs east-west through Soho in the West End of London off Charing Cross Road to the west of Tottenham Court Road. Once the centre of the music-publishing industry. Read more on Wikipedia

Lowry refers to the street in in Chapter 6 of his novel Under The Volcano; "What about the way you treated poor old Bolowski, the music publisher, remember his shabby little shop in Old Compton Street, off the Tottenham Court Road? (Pg. 155)

As Chris Ackerley points out; "An address mildly inconsistent" (Malcolm Lowry Project) as Lowry later refers to the shop being at New Compton Street.  Lowry may have known New Compton Street due to Worton David Ltd, the publishers of one of his songs, being based at No. 6. (See photograph of building on Collage)

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