Camden Town is, according to my sister, a lot like Greenwich Village-----it's edgy, funky, and a bit sketchy around the edges. Camden has had a number of famous residents, most recently Amy Winehouse. Amy was a great jazz-pop vocalist, whose troubled, turbulent and sometimes violent life ended 2 years ago due to alcohol poisoning. Amy lived in Camden----and after wandering around there a bit, I can understand why. It's an interesting mix of a lot of things-----vegan cafes, punk attire, reeeeaaaalllly interesting storefronts, some great music opportunities, and a party atmosphere.
I wish she could have cleaned up her act, realized her own greatness, left the negative lifestyle behind and become an artist who could have endured for more than a generation. It wasn't to be. Her demise is something that should be a teaching moment--people often get into the romantic notions around being gifted and dying young, when they should really pay attention to the terrible loss of life and talent due to a lifestyle focused on drugs, alcohol, violence---a recipe for death. Her ghost seems to hover over Camden.
We went back to Camden Town today---we were there last week to see and hear Chris Coleman on the last night of his tour. Chris is a great musician, and a lovely guy, and you should check his music out: https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherColemanCollective