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Farewell to one of London's last Wild Corners

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Music shops in Denmark Street, aka Tin Pan Alley, in 1975. Music shops in Denmark Street, aka Tin Pan Alley, in 1975. Photograph: Peter Johns for the Guardian

It says something about the rate of change in St Giles that when I step out the tube at Tottenham Court Road, a station I’ve used for 25 years, I don’t have a clue where I am. For centuries, this corner of seedy London has acted as a wild annexe to the West End, and from 1999 I worked here at Time Out, often ending up after a show or gig on Hanway Street for a late-night livener.

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The true 'unsung heroes' of Tin Pan Alley are the musicians, the songwriters, the music publishers, the technicians and the people from behind-the-scenes who have come out of the woodwork, out of history and out of retirement to approach us. Individuals that would be very hard to find in any other circumstance have come forward from across the globe, saying, 'We want to be in this special documentary film!'