“I cancelled the Sex Pistols.” Howard Bossick, former guvnor at the Greyhound, talks punk, smashed pianos and the music scene in 70s Croydon

Posted on April 29th, by Stephanie Darkes in Culture. 2 comments

Hawkwind, hell-raising and Croydon’s musical heyday, by the man who ran South London’s leading music venue

Howard Bossick, current owner of Bad Apple, former owner of Black Sheep Bar and the man who reprimanded the lead singer of Queen, was top dog at the Greyhound music venue in Park Lane from 1969 until 1977, just over the road from the Fairfield Halls. We talked about the music scene in Croydon, … Read More »



I heart Croydon

Posted on November 16th, by Stephanie Darkes in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The riots seemed to confirm what everyone thought of Croydon. How far we’ve come since has proved them completely wrong

A few years ago, as a Croydon girl, I went through a stage of denial. When asked where I was from by people I had met on holiday for instance, I would say I was from South London or Surrey fearing the brush I would be tarred … Read More »