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Category Archives: Legendary Londoners

Keith Flint: A Tribute to The Firestarter

Earlier this week it was announced that Keith Flint– the lead vocalist for 90s electronic dance band, The Prodigy– had been found dead in his home after committing suicide. 

He was 49 years old.

Keith Flint in 2009 (Image: Wikipedia)

Keith was born in the London Borough of Redbridge in 1969 and his family moved out to Essex a few years later. His early years were humble and after leaving school Keith worked as a roofer. 

It was in 1990 that Keith met Liam Howlett; a keyboard player and songwriter who’d just formed The Prodigy. The two hooked up and musical history was made. 

As The Prodigy’s blistering frontman, Keith cut an electrical, terrifying figure with his spiked hair, darkened, bulging eyes and protruding tongue. 

Keith Flint (image: Birmingham Mail)

The general public were first confronted with his intimidating avatar in 1996 with the release of ‘Firestarter’, the video for which was filmed deep beneath central London in the old abandoned Aldwych tube station.

Click below to view:

In reality Keith’s sneering, demonic persona was purely theatre and the polar opposite of his true character.

In real life he was widely known to be a kind, generous and self-deprecating soul who’d always set time aside to talk to fans and would even venture into the crowd to give his supporters a hug.

Rest in peace, Keith.

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Keith Flint 1969-2019 (image: Wikipedia)

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Introducing the View From the Mirror Archive- a new contents page

To date, I’ve written and posted over 270 articles on this site.

Due to the nature of blogging software these posts get pushed further and further back as time progresses meaning it can be tricky to discover older content.

To overcome this problem I’ve developed a new contents page where links and brief descriptions of every single article can be found.

Please click here or on the link in the menu bar above to access…

Enjoy!

An Oral History of London’s Dock Workers

In 2017 I had the privilege of participating in ‘Sherbet Dab‘; a project in which London schoolchildren conducted interviews with cabbies and created a film charting the history of the London taxi trade.

The same team have now created ‘Brass Tally Men‘ which examines the work and culture of London’s dock workers between the 1930s and 70s.

To hear the interviews and watch the films, please click here.