Jazz Odyssey Reveals The Secret Life of the Car Park

WORDS: Gareth E. Rees

MUSIC: Simon&thePope with Gareth E. Rees

FILM: Martin Fuller

PHOTO: Jeff Pitcher

‘It is Morrisons that lights the fire of my obsession. Not the supermarket itself but the space outside: the car park.’

Car parks are more than places to park your car. They’re thoroughfares. Rendezvous points. Accident black spots. Hangouts. Boy racer tracks. Historical locations. Zones of violence and sexual deviance.

In my forthcoming book Car Park Life (Influx Press), I walk the retail superstore car parks of Britain, looking for hidden stories, secret lives and unofficial narratives in what may be our last unexplored urban wilderness.

As a taster, here is me performing Car Park Life Live with Simon&thePope to a film by Martin Fuller at the Hastings Storytelling Festival 2018.

Car Park Life by Gareth E. Rees is out in October, published by Influx Press. To pre-order a copy, click here.

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