Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: Home Of Metal
18.06.2011 — 25.09.2011
40 years of Heavy Metal and its unique birthplace
Photo by Katja Ogrin 'Chris Hopkins'
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children): £14.00
Income support/unwaged: £3.00
Tickets: Book online or ring 0121 303 1966
When four working-class Aston lads known as Black Sabbath unleashed their debut album in 1970, it saw the birth of a new musical form, one unmistakably born in Birmingham and the Black Country. In the proceeding years, a myriad of bands from these locales took the lead from Sabbath and continued to evolve, innovate and break the barriers of this new genre.
The exhibition brings together unseen memorabilia sourced directly from the fans themselves and places it alongside iconic items such as Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules stage cross, Judas Priest costumes and handwritten Napalm Death lyrics. This show will also explore the ingredients that together made Heavy Metal, offering an insight into the region’s industrial history, the early blues-rock sound, the changing music industry, DIY politics as well as Heavy Metal’s global impact.
Detailed access information can be found here.
Supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, Gibson, Laney, Screen West Midlands, Esmee Fairbairn, MACE, Stratstone, Sennheiser.
Media Partners: Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Sky Arts, Kerrang!