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Black Sabbath: An Alternative Counterculture

Alice Ridgway examines the imagery used by the band, Black Sabbath, and their role in defining a heavy metal subculture. The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance holds a large collection of Rock and Pop memorabilia. This assortment of posters, t-shirts, badges, concert tickets and other ephemera allows an insight into pop and sub cultures […]

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Recording console from The Dark Side of the Moon

The V&A are displaying the iconic Abbey Road Studio’s EMI TG12345 Mk IV Recording Console used between 1971 – 1983, a star attraction for the Pink Floyd : their mortal remains Exhibition. Amongst the recordings made on this console was their landmark album The Dark Side of the Moon. The recording console located in Studio […]

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New acquisition: Brionvega RR126 ‘radiofonografo’

  This radiogram is a musical pet, or at least that’s how it was described when it appeared in Italy in 1966, the product of the imaginations of the Castiglioni brothers, Achille (1918-2002) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). It is the Furniture and Woodwork collections’ first acquisition of 2016.   Brionvega produced many cutting-edge audio-visual products […]

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Music to our ears – the Boissart mandore

It is always rather rousing to hear how museum objects can inspire, inform and entertain people in such a variety of ways. I’m particularly interested in when historic objects instigate or influence the making of a contemporary piece. This meant that last week I was very pleased to receive an email from Ian Pittaway letting […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 181

Lee High Road near Lewisham today and this fantastic looking audio shop. I think all the shop fronts portray the character and personality of the shop owner. Lewisham was most likely to have been founded by a pagan Jute, Leof, who settled (by burning his boat) near St Mary’s Church (Ladywell) where the ground was drier, in the 6th century. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 143

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 143 We finish our London record shop perambulation with a visit to Seven Sisters N15 and Zen Records. I have it on good authority that this is an absolute London gem and one of the best record shops in town.  Also No.2 on thevinylfactory list of […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 142

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 142 Mainstream today but an iconic building on Oxford St. On July 20th 1921, presided over by composer Sir Edward Elgar, the very first hmv store was opened by The Gramophone Company, later to become EMI.  Nearly a century old, at the beginning, hmv not only sold records […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 141

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 141 BRIXTON and Acre Lane with Supertone Records today.  The Sound System started in 1969 and in 1984 decided into record retail. 30 years on and they are known as one of the best reggae outlets in the business. Have a listen https://www.mixcloud.com/DJVadim/live-at-supertone-records-brixton-london-feb14/ 110 Acre Ln, […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 140

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 140 60 DAYS TO GO! Let’s stay in Soho and go to Poland St. Found this on their site a great London project! http://goo.gl/g7jp0E ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 139

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 139 Continuing our jaunt around the capital’s record shops we’re in Soho today and one to acknowledge NASA’s space probe reaching Pluto! Sounds of the Universe on Broadwick St home of Soul Jazz Records. Broadwick Street (formerly Broad Street) was notorious as the centre of an 1854 outbreak of cholera. Dr John […]

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