Rebel Sounds, Culture Under Attack| Imperial War Museum

21 September 2019

A season of FREE exhibitions, talks, live music and performances.

Are you interested in music, culture, social history and sound engineering? If so come along on 21 September for a FREE day of sounds, music, culture and social history.

Rebel Sounds and Rebel Sounds Live are part of Culture Under Attack, a free season of three exhibitions, live music, performances and talks at IWM London that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives, but also the things that help define us. Telling stories spanning 100 years, Culture Under Attack reveals why some try to erase or exploit culture, while others risk everything to protect, celebrate and rebuild it.

On Saturday 21 September the focus will be on the extraordinary story of the subterranean bootleggers in Stalin’s Cold War Russia, who defied the banning of Western  rock n roll and jazz music and cut and distributed their own bootleg records, risking imprisonment in the gulags for the music they loved. Building their own record lathes and using discarded x-rays for vinyl this is an amazing tale of music and resistance.

For this event Ayse Hassan of SAVAGES will perform with Alex Keegan and will cut a record live. There will be a presentation from the fascinating X-Ray Audio Project and some real ‘bone records’ (vinyl records made from discarded x-rays) on display.

At midday and 2pm there will be performances, with demonstrations and presentations starting at 3pm.

Free event but you need to pre-book tickets via the Imperial War Museum website.

Image: example of a ‘bone record’