#FirstFridays – A RIVER CALLED TIME by Courttia Newland

An OWN IT! curated playlist released on the first Friday of every month.

Threading the themes of love, spirituality, time and space, while paying homage to London, this month’s #FirstFridays playlist takes you on a sonic journey inspired by the alternative world(s) in A River Called Time by Courttia Newland.

A universe where slavery never happened and African, Asian and ancient philosophies permeate the psyches and lives of its inhabitants. From hiphop, jungle and garage to soul, Jazz and rock, the journey begins…

LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC HERE

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY HERE

FULL PLAYLIST:

A River Called Time is Courttia Newland’s first speculative fiction novel and sees an alternative London, devastated by war and climate change and divided into a wealthy Inner City and poverty-stricken Outer City.

Set in an alternate world where slavery and colonialism never happened, Newland’s staggering novel is both a timely exploration of social inequality and a story about love, loyalty and the search for the truth.

The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning.

Years after the Ark was cut off from the world, a chance of survival within its confines is granted to a select few who can prove their worth. Among their number is Markriss Denny, whose path to future excellence is marred only by a closely guarded secret: without warning, his spirit leaves his body, allowing him to see and experience a world far beyond his physical limitations.

Once inside the Ark, Denny learns of another with the same power, whose existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. He is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself and the people he thought he once knew.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

#FirstFridays – ONE SATURDAY IN ’82 ON BROADWAY MARKET.

An OWN IT! curated playlist released on the first Friday of every month.

From the burgeoning Dancehall of Jamaica, to New Wave, Pop, Hip Hop and Soul. These songs were all released in 1982 and we hope capture the spirit of Hackney at that time.

One year after the Brixton and Toxteth riots, and one month before the start of the Falklands war, the photos in the book ‘One Saturday in 82 on Broadway Market’ capture a moment in time in March 1982 on an east London market in Hackney, that had seen better times.

Captured by the late great Stuart Goodman, who sadly passed away one month after the release of this book (in March 2020).

The songs on this playlist were all released in the UK in 1982, and are reflective of the part of London the photographs were taken. From the burgeoning Dancehall of Jamaica, to New Wave, Pop, Hip Hop and Soul. These songs capture the spirit of the time and place.

Enjoy.

LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC HERE

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY HERE

FULL PLAYLIST:

WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP

These black and white photos candidly picture the lives of shoppers and shop owners on this East London market in Hackney, which has since become unrecognisable. ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET preserves images of an East London landmark that has changed from desolation row to one of London’s trendiest markets.

Also featuring Stuart Goodman’s account of his and Stephen Selby’s role in setting up a community initiative to save Broadway Market from demolition, Goodman speaks of the London that existed before gentrification. An East London native, brought up on a Hackney council estate, Goodman had lived in the market and been a shop keeper there for 6 months before photographing it for the first time…

…37 years later, OWN IT! are proud to publish his photographs in a new book, at a time when the market has changed beyond belief.

Purchase your copy of Stuart Goodman’s One Saturday in 82 on Broadway Market here.

OWN IT! introduces #FirstFridays

Check it out…! The First Friday of every month, OWN IT! will be releasing a playlist carefully curated with songs exploring the featured book of that month.

Novembers playlist looks at the themes within the book HOW TO: Be More Pirate – co-written by Sam Conniff and Alex Barker.

LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC HERE

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY HERE

FULL PLAYLIST:

Get your copy of How To: Be More Pirate from

WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP

WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP

Sam Conniff’s 2018 bestseller Be More Pirate was the rallying cry so many needed to hear. Now he has handed over the mic to the thousands of people who have turned the book into a movement….

From healthcare to education to big business, mutiny in Manchester to the climate pirates of the Caribbean, How to: Be More Pirate captures their applied wisdom. Packed with relatable examples and practical, applicable tactics, it is a blueprint for causing good trouble. 

“We’re not in this to be liked, we’re in this to be heard.” Tej Samani (Contributor)

“I didn’t know how much I needed to hear this message” Alex Dobson (Contributor)

Follow @bemorepirate on Twitter/Insta for more information.