Archive for September, 2010

Opening night photos

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Here are a few more pics of the party in the Gallery for the opening night of the Birmingham exhibit.

Steve Gibbons poses with his first guitar and its case.

Steve Gibbons poses with his first guitar and its case.

Trevor Burton of The Move.  In the background are original posters from the Marquee Club.

Trevor Burton of The Move. In the background are original posters from the Marquee Club.

Jazz musician Theo Travis viewing the Steve Winwood exhibit.

Jazz musician Theo Travis viewing the Steve Winwood exhibit.

Local musician John Stain from the band Lincoln Black with his exhibit.

Local musician John Stain from the band Lincoln Black with his exhibit.

The exhibit party was such a lot of fun. Having the musicians there was super because people got a chance to talk to them about their exhibits, and it gave me the chance to express my thanks to them for giving us the gift of music.

Although many people outside of the Midlands may not be familiar with John Stain and Lincoln Black, his exhibit fascinated the other musicians. It is a complete archive of his band’s song – the handwritten lyrics from a school notebook, the promotional material put out by the record company and the 45 single. Steve Gibbons commented that this was the type of thing that he as a musician wanted to see. That’s a real compliment!

Trevor Burton’s exhibit is another fascinating piece of music history, as he shared with us his stage clothes bought on the King’s Road and Carnaby Street in the 60’s. It’s such a privilege to be able to see these things. It’s one of my favourite parts of the exhibit.

Another piece that is very moving to see is a piece of poetry handwritten by Marc Bolan of T Rex. Marc is not a Midlands musician, but we include this exhibit as an example of what Memories in Music would like to preserve for the nation. We have a new project that we are launching to do exactly this, The Music Heritage Project. Already it has a lot of support, and you’ll be hearing a lot about it. Check it out and see if you would like to be involved:

http://www.memoriesinmusic.com/musicHeritageProject.html

We need you!

More photos of the party on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/memoriesinmusic/sets/72157625019659032/

Annie x

New Exhibit Opens

Monday, September 20th, 2010

On Friday night (17 September 2010), Memories in Music held a private viewing of the new exhibit at St Pauls Gallery, ‘Memories in Music in the the Midlands.’ I was very excited to have several of the musicians on hand who contributed to the event, as well as the loyal supporters who have worked with me from the beginning of the company, my husband Richard, artist Cynthia Blair, Kathy Kelty, Simon Gynne, Ian Avey, Trev and Jon Wilkins from Scadge Productions, Andy Giles, and Michelle Pullin from Macmillan – these are the people I can count on who make these events possible. You guys are the best! By the end of the evening we were all exhausted, but had made a lot of new friends looking to join in, so the future is very exciting for the new project we are launching.

Carl Palmer arrived to see his exhibit, and spent a while taking everything in.

Carl Palmer with his Memories in Music in the Midlands Exhibit

Carl Palmer with his Memories in Music in the Midlands Exhibit

He’s just back from a US tour which he says although tiring was enjoyable. I really appreciate his support, and that of his partner Katie. It’s great to have! Carl’s exhibit is a highlight, his signed red snare drum taking pride of place among the amazing things he loaned.

Other Midlands musicians on hand to celebrate the opening of the exhibit were Steve Gibbons, Trevor Burton, Theo Travis and John Stain. Steve’s guitar looks super in the glass case; John Stain loaned a fascinating piece of musical history with a complete set of promotional pieces of his band’s song including the handwritten music and lyrics; Theo Travis loaned some great photos and backstage passes; and Trevor Burton, well…what can I say? His loan of clothing bought from the Kings Road and Carnaby Street in the 60’s is superb, and these are only a few of the pieces in the exhibit!

It’s always a lot of fun to see the musicians viewing their own exhibits and letting them know how much joy they bring people with their music. Steve Gibbons commented how much he enjoyed seeing the music written on a school exercise book by John Stain for his band Lincoln Black. “Now this is something I as a musician want to see,” he told me. That makes me really happy!

I had a pair of wonderful artists on hand as well, who have created works of art to help with the fundraising for the charities.

Sunila with her drawing of Robert Plant

Sunila with her drawing of Robert Plant

Artist Sunila Sen-Gupta gave a drawing of Robert Plant in honour of a fan of his who passed away. The drawing is donated to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. It was great to see Sunila again and catch up with all she’s doing.

Cynthia Blair flew in from the States with “her boys,” a series of wonderful drawings and paintings she has worked on for several months for the exhibit.

Artist Cynthia Blair with her painting of Ozzy

Artist Cynthia Blair with her painting of Ozzy

She made works of art for Carl Palmer, Nick Mason, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Steve Winwood, John Bonham, and of course, the man that is never left out of any exhibit of mine, the fabulous Mr Page. Her works of art are on sale, prints as well as originals, and they are spectacular. Cynthia has done so much for MIM, and having her here this week is a special treat. We’ve been working together via the internet and telephone for the past year and a bit, and it’s great to meet her in person. I’m looking forward to some UK sight-seeing with her now that there is a slight lull in the work!

The evening was awesome. St Pauls Gallery is a gorgeous setting. Besides donating the space for the entire month of the exhibit, owners Symon and Jon worked hard to help set up as well as making sure the party ran smoothly. I especially appreciated the sound track to the evening – lots of Led Zep!!

If you are in the UK, come along and check it out. This exhibit is worth seeing, a collection that has never been seen together before, and many items are on display for the first time. Your entry fee and any purchase you make will benefit the charities for this event, Task Brasil’s Casa Jimmy and Macmillan Cancer Support. Visit the website and enter our contests too, you can win great prizes and it’s another way to support the charities:
http://memoriesinmusic.com/contest.html

More posts on the event and more photos to follow soon!

Annie x