Samples of our exhibits being shared online

Using our various social media channels, we’ve been sharing a proportion of the images of the British Blues Exhibition collection. Over time, we will probably share one out of five of our exhibits online. Here are a few of the exhibit images shared recently. The images above show (from left to right, starting with the top row) an original 45rpm single by The Rolling Stones, Get Off My Cloud; a copy flyer for The Bromel Club with acts such as The Who and Chris Farlowe appearing in the 1960’s; a 2014 edition of Blues In Britain magazine with King King; an 8-track cartridge of Cream Live; a copy of Sounds magazine with Paul Kossoff and Back Street Crawler; a John O’Leary (Savoy Brown, Sugarkane, The Downliner Sect) Hohner Marine Band harmonica; a lyric sheet by Otis Grand amended by Curtis Salgado; and (some of) Chris Barber’s trombone donated to the exhibition. A lot more will follow in due course. That social media we mentioned?

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Still Hard and Blue – fifty or more years on

For admirers of British Blues, it is possible to see many of the performers who were part of the British Blues Explosion in the 1960’s still performing with as much passion as ever today.

Look out for:

The Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts remain from the original line up. Several other members of The Rolling Stones come and go from the line up and have separate bands, such as Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.

John Mayall. The Bluesbreaker himself who advanced the careers of guitarists including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton continues to tour, and is a supporter of the British Blues Exhibition.

The Pretty Things – with two original members, this band continues to tour.

The John O’Leary/Alan Glen Allstars – a band with a varying membership, and in their last Monday of each month shows at the Bull’s Head in Barnes, London, both the core band and guests have members who were some of the dynamite in the British Blues Explosion. John O’Leary also performs with his own band, Sugarkane.

The Downliners Sect – Don Craine has been wearing his deerstalker hat on stage with this outfit for over fifty years.

More to follow….



Audio interview with Ali MacKenzie and Derek Griffiths

Ali MacKenzie

Ali MacKenzie

The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, hosted a live album launch for Birdwood, a band made up of some of the people in British Blues with serious history – and a serious hunger to play the Blues and have fun doing it. The British Blues Exhibition interviewed vocalist Ali MacKenzie and Derek Griffiths and captured a hint of the music and the introduction to the members of the band. Prominent in the history of the two interviewed are people including Ronnie Wood, Art Wood, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker. Advice offered by Sister Rosetta Tharpe was especially notable. Listen here.

Listen and hear about how Ali’s and Derek’s careers have ben impacted by:

Jon Lord, the Artwoods, Mike Cotton Sound, Ronnie Wood, Colin Blunstone, Keef Hartley, Dog Soldier, Theatre, Art Wood, Art Wood Combo, West Drayton Community Centre, The Who, The Birds, The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, Denmark Street, Eel Pie Club, Derek Griffiths, Ali MacKenzie, Chris Parren, Rocky Horror Show, The Strawbs, Jim Diamond, Keith Grant Evans, Downliners Sect, Mark Freeman, Chubby Checker, Dave Berry, Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry London Sessions, 100 Club, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Radio Caroline, BBC Radio One, The Move, Tony Blackburn, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Motown, and The Everley Brothers.