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Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound Exhibition Looks for Bristol Sound

Bristol Music: A new exhibition to run through the summer at M Shed, will feature stories, exhibits and interviews looking at the Bristol music scene since the 1950s.

The exhibition will look at how the music scene developed in the city through a series of zones.

Local music experts, producers and UWE students created an advisory group which explored the city’s history of festivals, venues, genres and heritage. One of the key questions it posed was Is there one definitive Bristol Sound?

Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at UWE Bristol, Dr Rehan Hyder, is the exhibition advisor and content developer. He worked with students from the UWE  Media Culture & Practice, Graphic Design and Creative Media Design degree courses to record interviews and design visuals.

Dr Hyder said: “Bristol emerged as an internationally recognised ‘music city’ towards the end of the last century. The creation of these musical cultures and innovations has been driven not only by artists and producers but crucially by the people of Bristol themselves. Attempts to define the so-called ‘Bristol Sound’ have tended to oversimplify the story of music in the city. This exhibition will focus instead on music makers and music lovers across the decades in order to highlight the rich cultural experiences provoked and inspired by the sounds of the city.”

The exhibition Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound, will run between 19 May and 30 September 2018. Entry is pay what you think.

Bristol Music: Seven decades of sound


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