20th Jan, 2021

MUSIC MATTERS - Museum recognition, Alternative Sounds and staying home this Christmas

Coventry Editorial 11th Dec, 2020

COVENTRY Music Museum Curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.

Museum end the year on a high

COVENTRY’S Music Museum is ending the year on a high as one of the top three attractions in Coventry awarded by travel experts ‘Three Best rated’.

Its expert recommended us for the Top Three Places To Visit In Coventry.

As they say: “All of our places to visit actually face a rigorous 50-point inspection, which includes local reviews, history, business standards, ratings, satisfaction, trust, price and their trading excellence.

“Basically, Only the bee’s knees.”

We scored an amazing ten out of ten for Contact Info, Location Proximity, Reviews study and Videos and 9/10s and 8/10s for the other categories.

The other two places go to the amazing Coventry Transport Museum and of course the excellent Midland Air Museum at Baginton.

Look out for teasers for next year’s exhibition any time soon and go to threebestrated.co.uk/places-to-visit-in-coventry for more information.

 

Alternative Sounds 4

IT IS finally here – Alternative Sounds 4. I have seen it online and now I have my copy.

For anyone who loves local music then this is a must.

It’s a compilation CD and a copy of the Alternative Sounds fanzine, not one of the ones from back in the 80s.

Martin Bowes who began it all has now dragged the fanzine into the 2020s with the help of Nigel Meffen and Chris Sidwell and it’s still as good as ever, even better photos now no more black smudges.

The CD and the fanzine are packed full of local talent – The Damage Manual, DragSTER, Futumche, Little Girl Screaming, Long Good Fridays, Army Of Skanks, Del-Chronics, Tearjerkers, Holly Perkins, Indian Summer, The Old No 7 Band, Wolf Suit, YNES, Dubjamforce, Sophie Hadlam, Music Box, Steve Madden, Kevin Harrison, Cristiana Ilie.

I have no intention of singling out any of the artists, they all bring something to the AS party, oh and what a party.

This is a wonderful compilation of all manner of artists, playing all styles of music from various timelines, so yes something for everyone.

The fanzine is packed with information and articles about the bands, plus a great interview with the Original Rude Boy himself Neville Staple, this edition is dedicated to Steve Madden and Doc Mustard, who are no longer with us.

The album is available at just £7.99 for CD (download £5.99) from Bandcamp (alternativesounds.bandcamp.com), Vinyl Destination (Coventry Market), Just Dropped in (Fargo Village) and the The 2-Tone Village.

Staying Home For Christmas

ALL PRAISE the legend that is David Goody, no one writes a tune like David, I mean no one.

His ability to make an epic out of the mundane beggars belief.

So for Christmas (just when you thought it was safe) here comes a festive offering from the ‘Bard of The Peculiar’, some new songs he calls ‘Advent of Goody’.

There’s something of a stay-at-home-Christmas theme running here, with songs like: ‘I Think We’re At Home Now (For Xmas)’ a collaboration with Steve Clarke and Kirsty and ‘Staying Home For Christmas’.

Check them out by searching for ‘Advent of Goody’.

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