To the rear of an antiques cum junk shop on Bethnal Green Road lie the offices, or should I say office, of Eddie Piller, the brains behind one of the UK's most successful independent record labels, Acid Jazz Records, which was responsible for nurturing the musical talent of Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies and Mother Earth.
The first bit of this happened in the 60s when I managed the Yardbirds and lived in a posh flat behind Buckingham Palace. It started with a phone call. "Is that Simon Napier-Bell, the rock manager?" "That's me." It was 8.30 in the morning and I was eating my Shredded Wheat. "Who's that?" "I'm a freelancer. I've been paid to do a job on you. I've been trying to contact you for days."