The rise of blues in the UK and the ‘British Blues Explosion’ from the 1960s are currently the subject of an exhibition in the Barbican’s Music Library.
It is primarily a collection of music and artist concert ephemera, so many signed posters and cards, concert papers and the like are in a series of cases scattered around the entrance to the music library . Helpfully, there are posters telling the history of blues music in the UK and how British influences later returned to the US.
As an exhibit, there’s plenty of nostalgia for music fans, but also the historical signs of how blues music permeated British music in ways that many might not have been aware of.
Among all the documents on display, slightly hidden but easy to spot for its bright yellow tag, is the parking fine imposed by Lambeth Council on the Otis Grand tourist bus, described as the final straw.
The exhibition, British Blues is in the Barbican Music Library and is open Monday to Saturday until September 19. Free entry.
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