My Barbadian dad emigrated from Essex to The Bronx in the early 1980s and raised my younger sister there. I went to visit him in ‘89 and again in ’96, two years after Illmatic was released. This album gave me a sense of the place where my dad and sister lived.
On the coffee table: John Gay, England Observed
Claire and I stumbled on an exhibition of John Gay’s photography at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath in 2009 and bought the book. It’s an entertaining compilation of English eccentricity, architecture, nature and social commentary – including this of a London Market in the 1950s. Flick through it at your next appointment.