VINYL CLOSET PREMIERE OF "PINK, BLACK AND BLUES" .LGBT HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL.


IN THIS  EXCLUSIVE EVENT FOR LGBT HISTORY MONTH, TED, BRETT AND CHRIS PERFORM THEIR ENTIRE ALBUM "PINK, BLACK AND BLUE"

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Live music and chat with Ted Brown* (vocals), Brett Lock** (guitar) & Chris Houston (bass) performing songs from the folk-blues archives about LGBT experience going back to a Bessie Smith song from 1923!

Brett and Ted explain:

In "Pink, Black & Blues" - we revisit the era of "Dirty Blues" where LGBT themes were not uncommon, and trace its influence on the birth of Rock and Roll, in which LGBT people were not an inconsiderable part. Sourcing material from the clubs of Harlem and the shake, rattle and roll of the jukeboxes, we have reinterpreted for a modern ear the songs that plot the evolution of the blues into early rock 'n' roll, keeping it brightly in-the-pink the whole way. 

We hope our reimagined and modernised perfomances will make these old songs accessible to a new generation and in so doing preserve - and in some cases, reclaim - a valuable part of our history.

Ted Brown is a black gay activist. His life changed when in 1970, at the age of 20 he joined the Gay Liberation Front. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Black Lesbian and Gay Community Awards.

Brett Lock is a journalist, graphic designer and musician-he has been an active member of "Outrage".  


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  • Mike P.

    It was a very entertaining and informative show. All the 14 songs performed can be downloaded for £5 from http://thevinylcloset.bandcamp.com/album/pink-black-blues. And I've just been told that to also have the CD posted, email your request for the CD, when ordering your download, giving your postal address, to [masked].

    February 8, 2014

  • Rakshita P.

    Really sorry to have missed this :( I had a VERY long day, was completely worn out, and so - for once! - I had a quiet night in. However, I will definitely be coming to "Gay sex in the 70s" - I wouldn't miss that for the world!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I won't be able to make it tonight after all. Looking forward to meeting you all another time

    February 7, 2014

  • Will C.

    Hi, I'd like to come with three friends. Do we need tickets beforehand? Ta! Will

    January 23, 2014

    • Derek L.

      Hi Will-No it's pay on the door. Thanks, Derek

      1 · January 24, 2014

    • Will C.

      Many thanks, there are four of us in total!

      January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time coming along to one of your events, looking forward to it

    January 19, 2014

    • Derek L.

      Looking forward to meeting you too, Marianna!

      January 19, 2014

  • Jon C.

    Shame, I am on holiday in Spain and will miss the brilliant Brett and Ted again! Jx

    December 17, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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