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The Story of Soho: The Windmill Years 1932-1964

The Story of Soho: The Windmill Years 1932-1964 [Kindle Edition]

Mike Hutton
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Soho has always been a source of fascination. A district quite unlike any other in London, where glamour meets squalor and then often merges. It is different, never mirroring the changes of its more fashionable neighbours. It seduces and destroys in equal measures. The Windmill Theatre opened in 1932 and, after entertaining audiences through thirty-two years of dramatic change in Soho, finally closed its doors in 1964. In this book, the Windmill forms the backdrop against which Mike Hutton explores all the diversity taking place in the surrounding streets of this unique district during a period of social and moral change. There is the influence of the many nationalities living there during the years leading up to the war. Organised crime existing alongside leading West End theatres and restaurants. The arrival of the GIs with money to burn and time on their hands. The black market booms. Want some nylons? How about a gun? No problem. Falling bombs bring terror, but there is still time to party. Then it s all over and, nationally, austerity takes hold, but never quite in Soho. The squeaky clean Windmill girls are joined by models baring all in the burgeoning strip clubs. There is money to be made, dodgy policemen to be paid off, and violence simmers away to a background of music.

About the Author

Mike Hutton is an author on London social history. His previous book, Twenties London, was published in 2011. He lives with his wife in rural Northamptonshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3694 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Soho... 6 May 2013
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I love this Mother being one of the original "WINDMILL GIRLS" it was for me very interesting as I had memories standing in the wings and watching the show....and then many years later to appear there myself...great book and thank you for evoking some wonderful memories....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This author has written a very interesting history of the period that the Windmill Theatre operated. I found it fascinating and informative. He covered subjects about the characters involved in the life at the Windmill, gangsters et al. His style makes for an easy read.

I recommend this book and the Author.

PS: I have just taken delivery of his later book Life in the 1940's London and look forward to reading this soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars windmill 19 Oct 2013
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I choose this book as I there do not seem very many books on sohos past please inform if you know of more like this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a well written book 22 Aug 2013
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Really enjoyed this it in a day.i would recommend it to others and would read other books by mr Hutton.
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