Bristol's history is at the core of my book about Massive Attack. The band's music, art and social interaction with their environment had such an impact around them, from the first events of their predecessor, The Wild Bunch Collective to our days, that they literally di change their city, musically of course, but also politically and socially.
It was therefore key to write about the city's history to explain where the band were coming from and what environment shaped them before they came to re-shape the city.
Here is an article that digs into details about Bristol's dark past, linked to colonisation and the slave trad. As much as London. Or Liverpol, or its twin city, Bordeaux, or Paris for that matter. But for Bristol is was defining and it forced a large minority to react, say "stop" and look differently at their environment and their link with the rest of the world...
More in my book, to be out in English in the spring 2018.
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses