Sounds and the City: The Late Sessions

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London Metropolitan Archives

40 Northampton Road

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"...The music of the world is here
Dis city can play any song
They came to here from everywhere
Tis they that made dis city strong.”

Benjamin Zephaniah, The London Breed

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) is a National Lottery funded project aiming to preserve the UK’s most rare and at risk sound recordings. Here at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) we are proud to be one of ten regional hubs for the UOSH project, digitising and cataloguing some of the capital’s most extraordinary audio collections.

Inspired by the different types of music we’ve digitised as part of the project, this FREE evening talk will explore how important music is to our experience of London and understanding of its history. We will be joined by a panel of guest speakers who will each pick one piece of music that represents London to them. From old music hall songs to the influence of calypso, ska and reggae, through to the emergence of jungle – all music is welcome!

Ahead of the talk we invite you to think about the type of music you most associate with the capital. What would be the playlist of your London?

Speakers include:

Zoë Baxter
DJ, broadcaster, cook, illustrator, East Asian Culture connoisseur and Reggae vinyl junkie

Cedar Lewisohn
Curator (Curating London, Museum of London), writer and artist - Cedar curated the exhibition Street Art (2008) at Tate Modern and Rude Britannia (2010) at Tate Britain. He is also author of publications Street Art: The Graffiti Revolution (Tate 2010) and Abstract Graffiti (Merrell, 2011).

Sarah Crompton
Musician, Teacher, MA Student and UOSH Volunteer

Robin Warren
Sound Artist, broadcaster, occasional DJ and obsessive vinyl collector


*The first of three evening talks exploring a history of London through sound. Hear the lost voices of our city’s past, discover the variety of music that defines our local boroughs and share what soundscapes we identify with particular locations. With guest speakers, join us for a journey into the capital’s sonic past.*



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