Welcome, cool cats, to the Swingin’ 60’s special episode. For our film chat, Dom spoke to Barry Fantoni about Smashing Time, the 1967 satire / farce about Brenda and Yvonne, two girls from oop north seeking fame and fortune in that there swingin’ London.
But according to our first guest, Jago Hazzard, they’re possibly three years too late. Jago joins Dom in a bleakly locked down Carnaby Street to find out how, when and why it briefly became the centre of the universe.
Jago is a London historian who has an extremely popular YouTube channel with many thousands of subscribers. Become one of them HERE
And you can follow him on Instagram
Have a look at some of the Smashing Times locations, courtesy of our friends at ReelStreets
I don’t think Barry Fantoni would mind me saying he’s been around the block a few times, especially when it has resulted in such a hugely diverse career. To get a taste of just one decade of that career, you could do worse than read his recent memoir about the 1960s, A Whole Scene Going On
The writer of Smashing Time is George Melly. Barry wrote a book with him in 1980.
Check out some of Barry’s artwork
Read this very nice interview with him from Jewish Chronicle
Did I mention he’s EJ Thribb (age 17½)?
And watch the first episode of his 1966 TV show, A Whole Scene Going.
Actual proof that Soho Bites is fourth most bohemian podcast on the planet.
Those disturbing details about the life of Arthur Mullard
And look at this! Soho has been erased and renamed Carnaby!