The meaning of the music venue

Historicizing the Click Club

  • Paul Long Monash University
  • Sarah Raine Birmingham City University
Keywords: live music venue, local music history, memory, Click Club, Birmingham

Abstract

This article focuses on a venue/music night in 1980s Birmingham called "The Click Club". The history of the club is documented via a critical account of a 2016 exhibition entitled “Is There Any One Out There”, which celebrated the venue and the many bands that performed there. Since the club’s demise, Birmingham is noted as celebrating some of its local icons such as Black Sabbath and The Electric Light Orchestra, with the city now regenerating itself to highlight and celebrate its musical identity. Memories of “The Click Club” are regarded as “lost” from more mainstream depictions of musical histories of the city. Via engaging with what they describe as an online “community of memory”, the article documents not only the origins and memories of the venue and formation of the aforementioned exhibition, but also the wider historical conceptualizations of the music venue as cultural product, through which meanings are made.

Author Biography

Sarah Raine, Birmingham City University

Sarah Raine is a Research Fellow at the Birmingham Centrefor Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR), Birmingham CityUniversity. Sarah has recently completed an M3C (AHRC) CreativeEconomy Engagement Fellowship in partnership withCheltenham Jazz Festival. She writes on issues of gender andgeneration in music scenes and industry, writing as method,jazz and the everyday, and the ways in which people engagewith the sounds, objects and places of the past. Sarah is theco-managing editor of Riffs, a book series editor for EquinoxPublishing, and the review editor for Popular Music History.She is also the editor of Towards Gender Equality in the MusicIndustry with Dr Catherine Strong (Bloomsbury, 2019) andThe Northern Soul Scene, alongside Professor Tim Wall and DrNicola Watchman Smith (Equinox Publishing, 2019).

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Published
2020-01-24
How to Cite
Long, P., & Raine, S. (2020). The meaning of the music venue. Popular Music History, 12(1), 55-74. https://doi.org/10.1558/pomh.39558