Oasis at Knebworth: 20 years today

We can hardly believe it’s twenty years ago today that Oasis made music history by playing to 250,000 people across the weekend at Knebworth House.

Over at 6Music Steve Lamacq will be celebrating this seminal Britpop moment with a special programme full of interviews, memories and of course some classic tunes. He’ll explore the build-up to the weekend, reflecting on why it was extraordinary for so many and sharing memories from those who were there and the memorabilia they have cherished all this time. Steve will have new interviews from Dreadzone, Cast and Kula Shaker who supported Oasis over the weekend, along with interviews with those who knew the band best, such as their photographer Jill Furmanovsky and biographer Paolo Hewitt. Plus he’ll hear from those who made the monumental gigs happen, including Mike Lowe who built the biggest sound rig the country had seen at the time, and Henry Lytton Cobbold , owner of the Knebworth Estate.

In the final hour of the programme, we’ll be able to hear the concert, as it was broadcast live in 1996 including ‘Supersonic’, ‘Morning Glory’, ‘The Masterplan’ and ‘Wonderwall’.

Get your lighters ready…

Oasis at Knebworth: 20 Years on BBC Radio 6 Music Wednesday 10th August 4pm. #Knebworth6music

If you have any music memories from the 1990s then why not get in touch with us at People’s History of Pop? We’re looking for music fans from the 1990s and 2000s for Episode 5 now! Email phop@7wonder.co.uk

It’s the small things

So far the People’s History of Pop has seen everything from rare acetates to superstars’ wardrobes. But it’s often the small things that have evoked the fondest memories. Of all the items in their collection, many of our contributors have said they’d save the oddities of their hoard first in the event of an imaginary fire.

Items as seemingly incongruous as an old beer can, a handful of orange confetti and a plastic bag have been hailed as the jewel in a crown of pop paraphernalia. They are souvenirs with no price tag, reminders of triumphant acquisitions; of catching Ray Davies’ half-finished drink, of experiencing the Pet Shop Boys’ live for the first time, and of buying that first single in a long-departed local record store.

Here are a few of our favourite obscurities:

Caught in a frenzy by Chris Vanezis a the Smith's farewell gig at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in 1988
A piece of Mozza’s shirt: Caught in a frenzy by Chris Vanezis a the Smith’s farewell gig at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in 1988
Alice Cooper paper knickers: Saved from the School's Out! album in 1972 by Angela Tomlinson. Presumably unworn...
Alice Cooper paper knickers: Saved from the School’s Out! album in 1972 by Angela Tomlinson. Presumably unworn…
Ray Davies' lager can: Caught by Terry Cawser a Kinks gig in Ipswich in the mid-1970s
Ray Davies’ lager can: Caught by Terry Cawser a Kinks gig in Ipswich in the mid-1970s
Stuck to the underwear of a Pet Shop Boys fan, this confetti is a reminder of a great gig
Stuck to the underwear of a Pet Shop Boys fan, this confetti is a reminder of a great gig

If you have a music souvenir that’s more curious than costly share it with us at www.phop.co.uk

British B-Boys be rockin’ on and on

We love this photograph uploaded to the People’s History of Pop by Martin Jones. It features the Wolverhampton B Boys Breakdance Crew in 1985 with their trophy from an ‘All Dayer’ dance event.

Can you spot the Drum and Bass legend in the photograph?

Wolverhampton B Boys breakdance crew, 1985, featuring Goldie. Uploaded by MMJones29. Licence: Copyright (c) all rights reserved
Wolverhampton B Boys breakdance crew, 1985. Uploaded by MMJones29. Licence: Copyright (c) all rights reserved

 

Check out this great video of the Wolverhampton B Boys battling Coventry rivals Future Shock on children’s television show Saturday Starship in November 1984.

Fun Fact: The classic B-boy track ‘The Mexican’ was originally recorded by the British prog rock band Babe Ruth.  It is considered by some as one of the most influential songs in hip-hop and breakdancing culture.

You can read more about the track in the The Stories Behind the Songs article published in Classic Rock Magazine in May 2012.

Were you a breakdancer in the 1980s or 1990s? Upload your story to PHOP.CO.UK

Here Come the Girls

Today marks International Women’s Day and we would like to celebrate the female music fans across the U.K who uploaded their memories to the People’s History of Pop.

Here are a few highlights from the collection..

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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY)
Original source: www.goldfinchwithattitude.blogspot.com

My first gig, January 1978

The first gig you ever go to is something of a rite of passage. Perhaps you were, as I was, under-age and with tender ear-drums. Getting through the doors past the bouncer, in spite of being nearly four years under eighteen (and him being the size of a house), wasn’t a problem (perhaps because I was a girl…?) Even the process of buying a pint of cider at the bar was painless. Coping with the volume was something that got easier as the night wore on. But concealing my excitement at seeing a band I really admired up there on the stage, in all their real, raw glory, playing songs I’d only previously heard in session on John Peel’s radio show, was impossible. My first, proper gig was Siouxsie & the Banshees at a club called Triad in Bishop’s Stortford, January 1978. Cee

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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA)

 

Ready, Steady Goer!

This goes way back to the 1960s when I was about 16 or 17 and regularly attended recordings of Ready, Steady Go. I was on the list of dancers for the programme and clearly remember dancing with The Hollies – great stuff. I used to go with my school friend, Stella and we just loved to dance and see all the pop stars. Once a floor manager grabbed a boy who was standing near us when we were dancing like crazy and he yelled at the poor guy, ‘dance with them, dance with them.’ Great memories’. Frankee

 

 

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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA)

 

Spice Girls birthday party

The classic birthday party of the 90’s… get four of your best friends together and each dress up as one of the spice girls! You were bound to be chosen to be a member in at least one birthday party a year! Hanna Benjamin.

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