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".