MUSIC MATTERS: By Pete Chambers BEM: The Original Rude Boy, The Exhibition - The Coventry Observer

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MUSIC MATTERS: By Pete Chambers BEM: The Original Rude Boy, The Exhibition

Editorial Correspondent 13th Jan, 2018 Updated: 22nd Jan, 2018

Neville Staple – The Original Rude Boy – The Exhibition

As we move ever closer to the City of Culture 2021, the Coventry Music Museum continues its objectives to promote all types of music to come out of the area.

Some are little known, some are world famous.

The next subject of the new temporary exhibition at the Ball Hill museum fits into the latter category.none other than our own honorary patron, Neville Staple.

Neville Staple – The Original Rude Boy – The Exhibition, will launch on January 26 at the iconic 2-Tone Village.

Fully endorsed by Neville and Christine Staple, the exhibition hopes to bring to the show many aspects of a man who has done so much for Coventry music, but also so much for other artists.

The exhibition follows Neville from his early days in Jamaica, to his arrival in Rugby, then Coventry.

It will trace his early Jah Baddis Sound System years with his lifelong friend Trevor Evans. Onto the Specials days, Shack Records, the Fun Boy Three years, and right up to his collaborations in America and his successful solo career.

Neville is famous for his MC “toasting” (a rhythmical chanting over a reggae beat, a forerunner of Rap). To celebrate this, the museum is introducing “Nev-aoke”, given our visitors a chance to sing along with Nev, and even record their own version (so bring along your own memory sticks).

There’s even a Neville jukebox, so you can play his favourite songs. Plus never before seen pictures from Nev’s own collection.

The museum would like to thank Coventry General Charities and Dale Studios for their sponsorships.

Also massive thanks to Neville and his wife Christine who have helped so much with this project also Nigel Meffen,Julie Chambers, Suky Singh, Rich Lock and Geoff Holden. Plus all our great volunteers.

This is what our Honorary Patron Neville Staple had to say about his exhibition: “I’ve been extremely proud to be a Patron of the Coventry Music Museum plus, with my wife Christine Sugary Staple, a VIP consultant and supporter to other parts of The 2Tone Village, so I was so pleased when Pete Chambers announced this exhibition project. How cool is that? My life out there for all to see, in my home city, including some hidden gems that fans have never known about me.

“This is going to be so ‘Original’, so nostalgic and very ‘Special’. I’d like to thank Pete and Julie Chambers, Nigel Meffen, Suky Singh, Geoff Holden and my wife Christine and others for helping to make this happen.

“Stay rude people and ‘stop your messing around’ and visit soon! Hehe!”

‘The Fifty Great Lost Venues of Britain’

Check out this month’s copy of Uncut magazine, it leads with a feature they call “The Fifty Great Lost Venues of Britain”.

Included in the 12-page article is Coventry’s own Locarno (Tiffany’s) Ballroom at number 33.

The article talks about the all-nighter featuring The Clyde-Valley Stompers, the famous Led Zeppelin gig (and bomb scare). The (in)famous Chuck Berry “My Ding-A Ling recording event and of course the 2-Tone Tour gig. This is featured as the venue’s memorable gig.

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