*MUSIC HISTORY FOR YOUR WALLS* Limited Edition prints – Dubstep & Grime 2004-2005 now available to purchase- http://drumzofthesouth.bigcartel.com/
This one’s of SKEPTA & Plastician at FWD>>
I put up a few of my early Dubstep and Grime images on Big Cartel, to make it easier for people who request prints of them. They’re all from around 2004-2005, all taken in London on Digital camera – at Plastic People except for the one of the lathe, which was captured at Transition Mastering Studios, on film.
Photography shows the passage of time…
Smoking is now banned in UK clubs; Plastic People is now closed; DMZ, who feature in one of the pictures minus Coki celebrate 10 years this year; Skepta and Boy Better Know are leading Grime’s renaissance – the genre never went anywhere, but it’s seemingly in a new chapter, as highlighted by Skepta and BBK on stage with Kanye West at The Brit Awards earlier this year.
Transition Mastering Studios is still in Forest Hill, still captained by Jason. I visited him last year as part of a photo series about Mastering Houses for FACT – he’s still as busy as ever, still trusted by hundreds of producers and DJ’s to produce weightly, soulful low-end; what HAS changed for him and most of the other studios I visited however, is that engineers are increasingly working alone, without the producer or DJ next to them. Also, bedroom producers are now often trying to master music on their own, with sonically disastrous consequences. It’s the internet age.
As for my work – it’s evolved, as it should; I don’t blog as much and have started working with film (fruits of labour, will ripen soon). I still love anything to with cities, am still moved by London and it’s layers of narratives and history, my work is published frequently, I am commissioned often and am always looking for new publications to work with, especially print media as it is King (Monocle, I’m looking at you right now). More than anything else, I love that people buy my images for their walls. I have a new website… www.georginacook.net
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Photos of very happy ravers during the Second Summer of Love (1988-1990), by David Swindells, via Mashable http://mashable.com/2014/11/15/acid-house-raves.
Wonder if they knew how influential that music would be, or how much people that were too young to be there, wish they were older!
The photos led me to PYMCA (Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive)… I got lost there for a while. They’ve contributed all of the images in an exhibition named Breaking The Mould at The Southbank this weekend… I’ll be there.
Teds in Croydon copyright Chris Steele-Perkins
On similar tip is a small exhibition in the Print Sales room at The Photographer’s Gallery, which includes Chris Steele-Perkins photo of Ted’s in Croydon…it’s also free. London’s kind to us.
TLC are crowdfunding their next (and final) album and they’ve already smashed their target. A new TLC album is exciting news for most of the ladies and some of the blokes around the same age as me, as many of us know their 1994 album CrazySexyCool inside-out. Many of us can rap the entire Waterfall’s rap too (looking at you Clare C). Bette Midler didn’t try and attempt it on her recent cover of Waterfall’s though, which is the only thing that let it down.
Asides from the excitement of the actual album itself, it’s use of crowd-funding- is interesting, as it’s just one example of the new ways musicians are finding to make money (PJ Harvey’s current installation at Somerset House being another).
For me though, the most exciting thing about the new TLC album are the photograph’s on it’s Kickstarter page. Thirteen images, including Polaroid’s of T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye back in the day, complete with captions, seemingly annotated by themselves. Here are three of my faves.
“By this time, all the photographers knew we liked fun shoots. It was so dope.” – TLC
“… I remember Lisa did the sign language, and we all chose to do something with our hands….” – TLC
And last but not least…
“We just got real creative with the burlap. None of us had any boobs so that was a serious little boob moment. We had a rope kind of thing to holding the burlap together, but that’s why we had our arms crossed.”
The above photos are by BEEZER, a Bristolian music photographer well known for his photograph’s of St Paul’s Carnival & The Wild Bunch (a seminal Bristol sound-system). (Beezer, I hope you don’t mind me borrowing your photos for my blog. They’re incredible).
As a side note, FACT magazine have just reported that there may not be any sound-systems at St Paul’s Carnival this year. I’m yet to reach, but I hope it’s not true in any case, a carnival’s not a carnival without pressure.