Fw: Britain to open their own Rock Hall of Fame

Scott Keller shkeller55 at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 25 02:37:05 UTC 2009


Article mentions The Who.

 Scott H. Keller
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A British 'hall of fame' to commemorate musicians, 

including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Oasis 

is set to open in March. 


 
Music fans will be able to trace musical trends, learn to play instruments, and record their own songs, as well as to see rock memorabilia 
 
Harvey Goldsmith, a leading music industry promoter and chairman of the BME Foundation, unveiled the details of the new technology at the Midem international music festival in Cannes Photo: GETTY 
The British Music Experience will use the latest 'smart' technology to entice a new media savvy audience to the 'national music museum' at the O2 centre. 
Harvey Goldsmith, a leading music industry promoter and chairman of the BME Foundation, unveiled the details of the new technology at the Midem international music festival in Cannes.
Visitors to the centre will be given 'smart' tickets on arrival, like London's Oyster cards, which can be used to collect information while browsing and even purchase music as well as having information about artists sent directly to the user, simply by touching a given point with the ticket.
Music fans will be able to trace musical trends, learn to play instruments, and record their own songs, as well as to see rock memorabilia from famous artists from the last 60 years of British music, including David Bowie and The Clash. 
Other high tech innovations at the £9 million exhibition, will include an area where people will be able to 'dance the decade'. They will be taught dance moves from any musical era by a virtual tutor, which is then recorded as a holograph before transmitted to the 'smart card', which can be uploaded at home. 
"We expect many of these videos to be uploaded on to YouTube" said Paul Lilley, the curator of The British Music Experience. 
There will also be a 'fantasy' dinner party where people will be able to see virtual music megastars sitting around a kitchen table having a discussion about their era e.g. Cliff Richard in discussion with Elvis Costello. 
As well as state of the art audiovisual technology, the 'music museum', will showcase key pieces of British music memorabilia worth millions. This will include David Bowie's clown suit from Ashes to Ashes, his Ziggy Stardust costume, Noel Gallagher's Union Jack guitar, Roger Daltrey's Woodstock outfit and a vintage Amy Winehouse dress. 
Tickets are expected to cost between £5 and £15.
Mr Goldsmith, who produced successful music events like the Live Aid concert with Sir Bob Geldof in 1985 and recent Led Zeppelin show in London said: "This has been a long time coming, five years of my life. 
"The UK needs to reflect the history of contemporary British music and we have the opportunity of so much talent that comes out of the UK and has conquered the world and tell people what a fantastic story we have."
At the conference, Mr Goldsmith released a list of the BME management board. Trustees include a range of music gurus including: Stephen Budd, manager of The Who and Robert Plant; Paul Loasby, manager of Jools Holland; and Geoff Taylor of the BPI, the music industry body. 
Bob Santelli, who set up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, will also oversee the project, he said.
Mr Goldsmith added: "When I first started this I saw the Rock and Roll hall of fame in America to reflect genres and we really needed something like this in the UK, a home for all of the history of UK talent and artists that make their name in the UK.
"We have such a wealth of talent from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to the Rolling Stones to The Who, its just endless how many great acts we've produced. It's important for us to reflect, look back and entertain something about music has developed."
The BME will take over 22,000 sq feet on the top floor of the O2 centre 'bubble' in Greenwich, London and will open in March 2009. __._,_.___ 
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