Musical Meccas

Every music fandom needs a Mecca, a place of worship, where fans from all over the world can come to pay their respects to their music idols in the form of scrawled memories and lyrics. This is as true today as it was when the music fan was born in the 1960s.

Back then we had the Beatles with their catchy songs, grey suits and mop tops. The place of worship became Abbey Road’s zebra crossing, made famous by the Beatles’ 11th album cover.

In the 1970s Bolan and Bowie conquered our hearts and for them a Sycamore tree in Barnes and a mural on Brixton road have become deeply emotional spots.

In recent years bands like the Libertines rekindled the relationship between fan and artist through a heady combination of the Internet and impromptu gigs in their flat. The famous Albion Rooms gigs were held just around the corner from an alleyway where the band filmed the video for their single Up The Bracket. Now the alley –dubbed Up The Bracket Alley – is covered in scrawled messages of love and favourite lyrics, creating a vortex of nostalgia for anyone wandering down it.

Where is your favourite musical spot to visit? Share memories of your musical pilgrimages and help tell the story of British pop music for People’s History of Pop. Simply email or visit

Episode 5 takes the People’s History of Pop into the 2000s

Over the past year the People’s History of Pop has collected music treasures from the past 50 years. We’ve enjoyed seeing all your music mementoes so much that we’re extending our search for memories into the 2000s.

Episode 5 of the People’s History of Pop will cover the years 1997 to 2010; from Radiohead’s release of OK Computer to Adele’s rise to fame. We want to hear from people who grew up listening to genres like UK Garage, Grime and Indie Rock, artists such as the Libertines, the Streets, Ms Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal. Did you watch you favourite musicians rise to fame – either on Myspace like Lilly Allen or on TV talent shows like Girls Aloud?

We also want to hear about your festival memories, after all this is the era where they exploded, from Reading and Leeds to Wireless. And don’t forget technology – what was on your first iPod? Do you still have it? Did you spend your early adolescence creating with Playstation’s Music 2000 or GarageBand? Still got the fruits of your labour? We’d love to hear it…

If you still have old footage, photos, tickets, posters or anything else in your attic, under your bed or in the recesses of your computer and old phones, dig it out and share it.

Email with your story or upload to our crowdsourcing site here.