I started Barnet4U 10 years ago as a way of letting the people of Barnet know the history and heritage of our town.
The site has proven so successful that I feel it is the time to make Barnet4U a web site that can be an asset to our community and a way of bringing it closer together.
Here is a little history of myself so that you can get to know me and hopefully back my aims and visions for the town of Barnet

My Name is Brian Carroll and I have been a resident of Barnet for most of my 69 years.
My children went to school here and I am proud of our town and its history so much so that I run a local web site www.barnet4u.co.uk which is a mine of local information and history.
My first job was an office junior for The New Musical Express in the early sixties, where my duties included looking after bios and photos as well as helping to compile the charts.
Through working there I found a better job and I left there in 1963 and became Import Manager for Transatlantic Records.
My duties included stock control and liaison between wholesalers and retail shops. It was at this company that I got interested in recording and with the help of my boss, Nat Joseph; I joined IBC studios in Portland Place, London as an Audio Engineer.

I learnt disc cutting, mixing, editing and all aspects of sound recording. During this time I worked with numerous artists including The Who, The Bee Gee's, Jimi Hendrix and many more.
I started writing and producing songs with a fellow engineer, securing a publishing deal with Acuff Rose who published songs by many famous artists including Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers
This led to having records released in this country and abroad.

I stayed at IBC for over 15 years before I moved onto the Disc cutting department at Pye Studios in Marble Arch where I was involved in supervising the mastering of many of the country's top bands, including The Police.

Having spent my vacations visiting friends in America for a number of years I finally moved there in the late 70's to work for Guava Music in Miami, which gave me the chance to work on the Tyrone Taylor album at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio in Kingston, Jamaica, as well as working with session musicians in Miami on a project involving a local girl singer.

Within a couple of years I missed my friends, the English humour, the seasons, football and a real pint so I returned to Barnet and formed GB music, in conjunction with the owner of Guava Music in Miami, running a production/publishing service, which included mastering and pressing records for many Independent labels.
We signed American artist Eddie Cornelious who drew interest from a major company over here involving Paul Weller.

I also wrote the history of Arsenal Football Club, to coincide with the centenary of the club. This was made into a colourful picture disc and the sale of this record enabled me to spend my time writing the histories of Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

In 1989 I started a label called Bri-Tone Records and released an old record from the thirties called
"It's Party Time Again", sung by a music hall artist named George Van Dusen. We started off with
an initial order of 1,000 and went on to sell over 20,000 as the record peaked at number 43 and I went on to release singles and albums that I have produced on vinyl and CD format. These records have been released in this country and Japan.

In 2007 I started a local free magazine called Barnet4u, which became a surprise success with the local people looking forward to each edition.

I have kept involved over the years including organising and introducing the artist at the East Barnet Festival until a couple of years ago when I formed “The Barnet Music Festival” that is proving to be successful.
I now what to devote my time to trying to make Barnet a tourist attraction and to make Barnet4U a part of the community that is useful and interesting
Brian Carroll.