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Visual Identity At The British Music Experience

From the man who shot the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Small Faces (Gered Mankowitz) to the creators of some of the greatest album cover designs of all time (Roger Dean and Storm Thorgeson), the British Music Experience has a treat in store for music fans and lovers of rock and pop iconography.

Renowned for its intimate events celebrating all aspects of popular music in Britain, the British Music Experience, launches its 2011 programme with Visual Identity. From January to April these exclusive events will explore the iconic imagery of rock and pop music from the perspective of the artists who created it. Encompassing all aspects of visual identity in music, including its role, impact and production, guests will have a rare opportunity to listen to and question the photographers and graphic designers who have shaped the visual landscape of music.

Paul Lilley, curator of the British Music Experience, said: "We are really excited about Visual Identity and that so many illustrious figures in the field have agreed to take part. The photographers and designers hosting these sessions are internationally revered and appreciated and the evenings will give music fans access to the key people behind a wealth of iconic imagery.”

Tickets for all events are priced at £7.50, with the exception of the Roger Dean and Storm Thorgeson event which are £8.50, and are available via the British Music Experience website – Events will take place from 7.30pm to 9pm; the museum will be open exclusively for attendees prior to each event. Entry is included in the ticket price (usual entry price £10).

Visual Identity Events
Thursday 3rd March Graphic Design with Brian Cannon
Thursday 10th March Rock Photography with Gered Mankowitz
Thursday 24th March Rock Photography with David Redfern
Thursday 31st March Rock Photography with Andy Willsher
Thursday 7th April Graphic Design with Roger Dean and Storm Thorgeson

You can find out more about the season's events, and indeed about the other great things happening at the BME at their official website HERE



The British Music Experience is Britain's interactive museum of popular music.

Combining cutting edge audio-visual technology with some of the most coveted music memorabilia of all time and the only exhibition where you can select your favourite content and media recordings to keep.

You can trace historic, era defining moments and trends through 60 years of music history, learn about British music’s influence on art, fashion and politics, feel the thrill of being in the crowd at a legendary gig, flick through virtual record collections, eavesdrop on fantasy dinner parties and search across a giant interactive music locations map of Great Britain.

There are infamous, iconic pieces of British music memorabilia featured including David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes clown suit and Ziggy Stardust costume, Noel Gallagher's Union Jack guitar, Roger Daltrey's Woodstock outfit and a vintage Amy Winehouse dress.

Not only that, you can develop your skills on guitar, bass, drums and in the vocal booth at the Gibson Interactive Studio and even your dance moves in Dance the Decades.

There is also a full public and educational programme with workshops, lectures, master-classes and concerts aiming to help teachers raise standards in your school across the national curriculum for children aged 8 to 16 and for the qualifications aimed at young people aged 14 to 19.

And finally, when you return home you can log into your MyBME library and access all of favourite bits of the exhibition and continue your trip through music history.

Opening Times
Mon to Sun from 11am to 7.30pm
(Last entry is at 6.30pm)

It is open everyday except 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st Dec and 1st Jan.