PERFIN : WHS
W.H.Smith Newsagencies 1902
60 Years later, a 20 year old lad works at WH Smith Newsagency, Kingsway, Holborn. (Counter assistant)
One Brian Lewis Hopkin Jones
Reason: It was close to his rehearsal Room at the "Bricklayers Arms"
A snip from Keith Richards autobiography.........
7 Broadwick Street was the Bricklayers Arms pub. The place where Brian Jones made the auditions to what became the greatest rock and roll band in the world. "I went to the Bricklayers Arms, a seedy pub in Soho, for the first time for the first rehearsal for what turned out to be the Stones.
I think it was May of '62, lovely summer evening. Just off Wardour Street. Strip Alley. I get there, I've got my guitar with me. And as I get there the pub's just opened. Typical brassy blond old barmaid, not many customers, stale beer. She sees the guitar and says 'Upstairs', and I can hear this boogie woogie piano, this unbelievable Meade Lux Lewis and Albert
Ammons stuff. I'm suddenly transported in a way. I feel like a musician and I haven't even got there! I could have been in the middle of Chicago, in the middle of Mississippi.
I've got to go up there and meet this man who's playing this, and I've got to play with him, And if I don't measure up, it's over. That was really my feeling as I walked up those stairs, creak creak creak. In a way, I walk up those stairs and come down a different person..."
- Keith Richards in his autobiography '"Life "
"Who killed Christopher Robin"
(WH Smith, inventor of the ISBN)