Category: history

Dinosaurs in Brum, 1938

This is so odd (from i09 via Craig) that I’m just going to have to quote it:   “In 1938, Birmingham, England held a 5,000-performer pageant to celebrate the centennial of the city’s designation as a municipal borough. But that…

Home of Metal clocks in from tomorrow

  Should you be interested in the music known as Heavy Metal, or the history of the West Midlands, then this summer there’s an afternoon at least of your time that needs to be dedicated to the Home of Metal.…

Have they still got the buzz?

An elderly WM Travel advert, with some sped up Perry Barr garage cleaning. I can still smell those yellow tartan seat coverings. Ta Pete, and found by Ian duncan.

Signing On — UB40 documentary

“2010 is the 30th anniversary of UB40’s first album “Signing Off”. This documentary, hosted by Ranking Roger from “The Beat”, was produced by Birmingham City University to celebrate UB40’s landmark debut and the band’s nationwide tour to promote its re-release.…

The Metal Mermaid

Nicholas Bullen, formerly of Napalm Death, and Johnny ‘Doom’ talk about the Mermaid “an unlikely meeting place for anarchist punks and heavy metal fans”. From the wonderful Home of Metal. The Siren of Sparkhill by katherinejhgodfrey

The Diskery

Lovely documentary about The Diskery — 40 years old and one of Birmingham’s best record shops. As the record stores disappear, treasure one that has lasted so long.