From Stevie Wonder in 1989, Grace Jones in 2009 and Big Youth in 2011, this unique exhibition documents how black music in its Reggae, Soul, Jazz and R&B tributaries of sound, has changed and renewed itself over the decades.
To coincide with the launch of Pogus Caesar's photography book and Black History month the British Music Experience, presented by The Co-operative is hosting an exhibition of the work of Pogus Caesar, which features nostalgic and largely unpublished images of musical icons.
In association with OOM Gallery the British Music Experience presented by the Co-operative will be showcasing an exclusive exhibition of 38 rare archive photographs featuring legendary black musicians.
These images conjure up an alphabet of the music of the Black Atlantic, connecting the UK to the Caribbean to the USA, journeying from Jimmy Cliff to Jay-Z via Mica Paris.
In a 30-year career of taking pictures, Pogus Caesar has uniquely captured moments of everyday life with a simple Canon 35mm camera, spontaneously recording the unfamiliar, as well as the celebrated and the iconic.
The photographs selected from OOM Gallery Archive are also as much about the clubs and venues, as it is about the singers, producers and musicians, many venues now lost to regeneration or renewal, and only recalled through memory and imagery. The Wailers at The Tower Ballroom, Sly Dunbar at The Hummingbird Club, Courtney Pine at Ronnie Scott's, and Ben E. King at the Hippodrome.
In addition to the exhibition, Pogus Caesar will be launching his book Muzik Kinda Sweet and conducting a Q&A session at the BME on the 12th October 2011.
This is a free event supported by Ahmet Ertegun and is bookable by e-mail sign up.
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