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A community led archive
What we are doing
We are developing a submissions based archive of community content. We need your help to map the history and impact of Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced music on Britain. This includes sound system culture in the UK, British reggae and the many British music scenes that trace their musical lineage back to those roots: from two-tone and lover’s rock right up to jungle, grime and everything in between. We are interested in the impact Bass Culture has had on British life from the way people dress to talk to the sound of the pop charts and the rise of multiculturalism.
How you can help
Do you have memories or memorabilia to share that would contribute to telling the story of Bass Culture in Britain? Old flyers, photographs, event memorabilia, fanzines? Memories of significant record shops, clubs, dances and happenings? Experiences as a fan, family member or industry professional that connect to the music? We cannot accept physical objects, but we can accept photographs and scans. We can also accept text if you would like to submit a written story or memory.
Why it’s important
This is a story that is not adequately represented in academia, in mainstream media or in our national institutions. As generations pass documenting this history becomes more critical and the public has a vital role to play. Our aim is to develop an educational resource that helps establish Bass Culture as a subject area and reposition it as part of mainstream British history.
Terms of Submission
Submission of materials grant us non-exclusive, irrevocable, assignable, royalty-free permission and licence to include your submitted material in any book, exhibition, production or other public event put on by the Black Music Research Unit (BMRU) and in any ancillary promotional materials or advertisement to publicize and promote them. (‘The Licence’)
The licence grants to the BMRU, the right to use, re-use, and re-publish the licenced materials submitted, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other artwork, photographs and texts in any medium. All rights are granted solely in conjunction with the BMRU’s projects.
The Website’s content and posted commentaries are the opinion of the BMRU and shall not be treated as factual statement concerning the subject matter of the subject matter of any photographs, nor as an advertisement to publicise or promote the same.