Then and Now: Old posters and handbills
Archive material from Brixton's past
RamJam Club, Brixton, August line-up, 1967
Named after a soul band fronted by Geno Washington (a black ex-GI stationed in England who was later celebrated in Dexy's Midnight Runners 1979 number one hit, 'Geno')), the RamJam Club enjoyed a reputation that spread far beyond Brixton during the 1960s.
In the early 1960s, the mix of reggae, ska and soul made the club popular with mods, with weekend sessions packing the place out.
RamJam Club, Brixton, November 1967 handbill
The venue was on the cutting edge of new music in the mid 60s, hosting hosted major acts such as Cream (Nov 3rd 1966, 28th Jan/3rd June 1966), Spencer Davis Group (1966) and the great Jimi Hendrix (2nd October 1966, with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers supporting).
In the late 70s, the venue was known as Clouds before being taken over by Andy Czezowski who sunk £20,000 into the run-down premises, renamed it 'The Fridge' and kitted the place out with Swedish fridges!
Opening in 1981, the venue sported a video lounge, a rubber bar and what was reputed to be the first ever chill-out room in a club.
Bands such as Pet Shop Boys, Bronski Beat, Sade and King all did their first shows there before The Fridge relocated to the Brixton Ace in 1984.
» Brixton Ace hand bill, 1983
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