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Music and Life at British Library | The Southall Story

Music and Life at British Library

| Thursday, June 4th, 2009 | No Comments »

At the British Library, The Southall Story brings to the public an event entitled ‘Music and Life’ between 6.30 and 9.00

The London community of Southall has made a phenomenal but under acknowledged contribution to UK music, arts and politics. By the mid 1970s its record shops became not only source of a fabulous range of South Asian music but also key social gathering places. The riots of 1979 released a new freedom and confidence among young Brit Asians and encouraged the flowering of Bhangra: a musical fusion that spread from the corner shops to massive international popularity. A screening of For the Record: the social life of Indian vinyl in Southall (Dir, Kuldip Powar 2008) is followed by an insightful and inspiring celebrity discussion chaired by composer/producer Kuljit Bhamra, exploring the story of Southall through its remarkable musical history. Plus a foyer exhibition of photographs, Indian musical instruments and bookstalls.

Wed 17th June 2009 6.30pm and 9.00pm

Conference Centre, The British Library
96 Euston Road, London NW1

£6 / £4 concessions
Tickets available at:

Online Box Office http://boxoffice.bl.uk

By Telephone 01937 546546 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

In person from The British Library Information Desk

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