Vinyl Memories Exhibition
1 March - 20 April 2013
SHOWCASE, Sir James Matthews Building, Above Bar, Southampton SO14 7NN
Vinyl is far from dead according to the figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). In fact, sales of vinyl albums have been increasing over the last five years. The value of the market went up from £3.4m in 2011 to £5.7m in 2012.
In celebration of this ever-popular medium and to coincide with SMILEfest 2013, Southampton Solent University’s Showcase Gallery has given people the opportunity to have their original record covers and music memorabilia form part of the Vinyl Memories exhibition.
This fascinating collection looks at the emotions that particular music evoke in individuals and which can remind us of memories otherwise forgotten.
Vinyl Memories was the brainchild of Solent Showcase Curator Les Buckingham, who has contributed one of his own album covers – Who's next, by The Who - to the exhibition. Many of the exhibits were sourced from Solent University staff members including the below:
PJ Harvey – Dress
Album: Too Pure, 1991
Kindly lent by Josef Hill, Gallery Technician, Solent Showcase
For Josef, 1991 was a visual and audio celebration of MTV. At just fourteen years old, hearing PJ Harvey’s ‘Dress’ late one night, Josef recalls how her music would become a touchstone for his audio tastes: “No one I knew liked her, no one I knew had even heard of her. She was mine and her music was my discovery. I still feel the same.”
Pulp – The Sisters EP
Album: Island, July 1992
Kindly lent by Sally Harris, Senior Adviser, Students 1st Information Centre
At a time where Oasis were for men, Blur were for boys 'n' girls and Pulp were for everyone else, Sally admits: “This record is not my most valuable and these are not my favourite songs, but this EP is absolutely of its time and has a cover to die for! In 1994 Jarvis Cocker made it chic to be 'geek'.”
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixer: The Album
Album: Telstar, 1989
Kindly lent by Dr. Jamie Mackay, Partnership Development Manager
When Jamie received this album as a Christmas present, he was over the moon! Jamie remembers: “This album and the work from Jive Bunny was my first introduction to 'mixing.'
“When I heard 'Swing The Mood' , I couldn't believe what I was hearing - a load of 'old' hits from the 50s and 60s being mixed together into one track!”
Jamie is now keen for his daughter to follow in his footsteps and develop an understanding of music, how it works and where it has come from. He adds: “Vinyl is an important part of understanding music. It is also something tangible.”
Hank Williams Greatest Hits – Hank Williams
Album date: 1968
Kindly lent by Jonny Hannah, Course Leader, BA (Hons) Illustration
Jonny invested in this album just as he was about to leave Liverpool to move to London. At the time he questioned: “Was country really my thing?”
Although it took a while for the appreciation to come, Johnny says: “It wasn't an instant love affair, but it grew, just like the howling winds of the highways and the weeds around the gas stations of yesteryear.
“Eventually, it became a full blown love affair, researching him, listening obsessively to these sad, but great works of art.”
Blue Monday - New Order
Album: Factory, 1983
Kindly lent by Brian Reed, Associate Lecturer, Graphic Design BA (Hons)
A thirteen year old Brian bought this album in 1983 and listened to it through the stereo speakers of his teenage bedroom. Brian says: “The 12-inch single sleeve was designed by Peter Saville who was inspired by the format of the floppy disk, a new technology of the early 80s, and the black minimal design and colour coded abstract typography became as famous as the song.
“Music legend has it that the production cost of the dye cut shapes on the sleeve meant that the record label lost money on each sale; though a version without the cut out was soon in production and the 12- inch single became the biggest selling of all time.”
Camel – Moonmadness
Album : 1976, Gamma/Decca
Kindly lent by Quentin Cox, Senior Lecturer, Warsash Maritime Academy
Quentin acquired the album in the summer of 1976. He remembers: “Just as the intense summer weather of ’76 took hold I found this album. My brother, parents and peers were, I suspect, just relieved that I’d finally found something else to play in the house other than Dark Side of the Moon, which I’d done just about every day for the previous six months!
“I didn’t want the summer to end and when I returned to school, everything seemed to take on a darker mood. The sound of this album never fails to take me straight back.”
The Vinyl Memories exhibition runs until 20 April and is free to visit.
Monday – Friday 11–6pm Saturday – 11–5pm
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