Jamaica. Profession: Musician. My Face is My Fortune. Bombadier, cellist. Warden. Probation and Prison. Tony. Africa and Jamaica. Reflections. Notes. Further Reading. Appendices. Glossary. Index.
Jeffrey Green has researched the pre-Windrushblack presence in Britain for decades, assisted by veterans such as Leslie Thompson, and has presented his findings in many articles and books, on radio and television, and at conferences. His articles can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Oxford Companion to Black British History, the Journal of Caribbean History, Black Music Research Journal and New Community. He is the author of a biography of the South Carolina-born, London-educated composer Edmund Thornton Jenkins, and of Black Edwardians: Black People in Britain 1901-1914. He contributed to Bernth Lindfors, Africans on Stage(1999); Samuel Floyd, Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance (1993) and Neil Wynn, Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe (2007). A guitarist, liking 1920s and 1930s jazz, he worked in Uganda in the late 1960s and has travelled globally as an export manager and for curiosity.
'Without consciously name-dropping, [Thompson] offers more than passing acquaintance with many figures prominent inthe history of blacks in Britain. And, although his is a unique experience, there are many hints about dimensions ofBritish racism, of the range of attitudes displayed towards black immigrants and to blacks in British society. Thompson comes across as an extremely tolerant and generous-natured individual, a religious man with few axes to grind after some 85 years. This is not to say that his life was not without its problems and its tragedies.' Immigrants and Minorities.