Friday, 9 May 2008

Nostalgia For Old Music Venues

Nostalgia for old music venues is a subject that has confused me since I was a teenager. When I was 16 I used to travel to London to visit venues like The Marquee club and think it was such a shame that the original venues had been closed down and moved a few streets away more than a few times. I wondered what it would have been like to be in the real original venues where stars like Jimi Hendrix had played and I used to get annoyed with the changes, feeling like I had been duped out of the real experience. As I have got older, I now realise that change is important (as long as new venues are created to replace the closing of the old ones). I have prompted myself to write about this because we had our old heating system (originally put in the flat in the '50's) removed yesterday and I am so pleased that our flat is a much healthier place to live now, less dust, less electricity usage etc. Change is good. Stagnation is bad. Stagnation in nature usually means death. So music venues, if they stagnate and rely on their past and people only go there to relive the 'old times' are not always going to survive. I love indulging in a little nostalgia from time to time but it's best if a nice healthy balance is found between the two. Respect the good things from the past, learn from them but at the same time maintain a healthy open attitude towards the future and what it might bring. Part of my job as a music blogger is to look for new talent, keeping an ear out for something special, something different and this is my way of looking to the future and all the amazing new music it can bring.

The Troubadour Club in Earls Court, London is an example of a music venue which has remained in the same location since 1954. Stars such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Elvis Costello have played there in the past and more recently Jamie T, Jack Penate, The Dead 60s, Paulo Nutini and Morcheeba to name but a few. I suppose this venue is one of the lucky ones where the owners have remained focused on keeping the venue alive with new energy. I am going there for the first time next Friday and then again on June 3rd to listen to the excellent Jacob Golden and The Battle of Land and Sea play.

So this brings me to my question for you, do you have a venue that you hold special and why do you think this is? Is it something that happened to you there, a special memory or is it nostalgia for things that you've heard have happened there that you were in fact not even a part of, might not have even been born at the time it happened!

Here is the excellent The Beautiful Ones by The Battle of Land and Sea

Right, back to painting my kitchen door, happy Friday everyone!

1 comment:

Jackie said...

The Birdland in New York. What an amazing history. I know that the original closed but how cool that you could see Charlie Parker, John Coltrane or Duke Ellington on a regular basis. I love the vibe of the new place.

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