Selfridges, Birmingham, England

Selfridges, Birmingham, England – photo: Sarah Doffman

Music

During the 1960s, Birmingham was the home of a music scene comparable to that of Liverpool. It was a seething cauldron of musical activity, and the international success of groups such as: The Move, The Spencer Davis Group, The Moody Blues, Traffic and the Electric Light Orchestra had a collective influence that stretched into the 1970s and beyond.

Heavy Metal

The city was the birthplace of heavy metal music, with pioneering metal bands from the late 1960s and 1970s such as: Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and half of Led Zeppelin having come from Birmingham.

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath
photo: Warner Bros. Records – Billboard, page 7, 18 July 1970.

Bhangr

Birmingham was the birthplace of modern bhangra in the 1960s, and by the 1980s had established itself as the global centre of bhangra culture, which has grown into a global phenomenon embraced by members of the Indian diaspora worldwide from Los Angeles to Singapore.

Ozzy Osborne

Ozzy Osborne

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

Fine Young Cannibals

Fine Young Cannibals

Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading

Ska & Reggae

The 1970s also saw the rise of reggae and ska in the city with such bands as Steel Pulse, UB40, Musical Youth, The Beat and Beshara, expounding racial unity with politically leftist lyrics and multiracial line-ups, mirroring social currents in Birmingham at that time.

Birmingham is fast becoming the best place in the UK to look to for the most exciting new music.

The Independent, 2012

Indie music scene

Since 2012 the Digbeth-based B-Town indie music scene has attracted widespread attention, led by bands such as Peace and Swim Deep, with the NME comparing Digbeth to London’s Shoreditch, and The Independent writing in 2012 that Birmingham is fast becoming the best place in the UK to look to for the most exciting new music.

Source: wikipedia

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