The British Music Experience Exhibition based in Liverpool at the Cunard Building, features popular British music from the 1940s all the way to today, such as Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Sex Pistols and Amy Winehouse. It ranges from many genres such as jazz, blues, hard rock and punk. There are plenty of famous musical items on display like hand written lyrics, tour posters, and costumes. There is even guitars, drums and keyboards set up so people can play with them.
Each aisle is split into five years of music history and in the centre is a stage, which features hologram performances by Boy George. As a replacement for a person leading visitors, mobile tour guides are provided, which works like a phone. The user can choose whatever they are interested in wanting to know and in any order, instead of being lead by a member of staff. The user can find information by clicking the fact files on screen. There is also a screen where you can flick through major facts and events that happened throughout music history. There is a screen like this in every aisle. There is also a screen where you can listen to musicians and contributors talk about their work. To the left side of the exhibition is the instruments, dance floor and a section about the X Factor. Additionally highlighted, is ‘The Wall,’ which is a giant plaque reading, “The Wall is dedicated to the artists, bands, individuals, companies and organisations who helped the story of British popular music.” The main focus on ‘The Wall’ is certified gold and platinum records. The plaque gets its name from Pink Floyd’s best selling album.
The 1940s and ’50s primarily stared Cliff Richard and the Drifters. The mobile tour guide explains that he was what brought rock and roll to the mainstream in the UK, and how he had the first hits which were Move It and Living Doll.
The 1960s’ sections heavily promote The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. On display is the door of 3 Savile Row which The Beatles moved into and installed a recording studio in 1968. The rooftop is where The Beatles played live together for the last time. The reason for the door being on show is that a group of people known as The Apple Scruffs, who were devoted Beatles fans, graffitied all over it. The door signifies the strong bond between the group and its fans. In The Rolling Stones display are items from the 1975 US tour, such as, the tour posters and Bill Wyman’s stage outfit and Bass. Furthermore, there is the I Can’t Get No Satisfaction gold disc presented by the RIAA and four popular LPs: Sticky Fingers, Beggar’s Banquet, Exile on Main Street and Let It Bleed.
The ’70s mainly presents Queen and solo artist David Bowie. Queen has one of Roger Taylor’s drum kits set up and one of John Deacon’s guitars. Many outfits from their music videos are also displayed. In the pre-Ziggy and Ziggy era of David Bowie showcase, there are plenty of outfits, including the dress from the cover of The Man Who Sold the World. There is in addition tour posters.
The ’80s featured punk, post punk, hard rock and heavy metal. One display has Adam Ants’ famous outfit with original records from his group, Adam and the Ants. Furthermore, there is a display showcasing Def Leppard’s best selling album, Hysteria, with all its tour gear, including one of the guitars. Joe Elliott’s Let’s Get Rocked music video outfit is also featured. Other artists on display are Saxon, Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Sex Pistols.
The ’90s display has Blur and Oasis items. Blur has original tour posters and a jacket, while Oasis has Noel Gallagher’s guitar and original hand written lyrics of Don’t Look Back in Anger. The Spice Girls are also viewable.
In the 2000s era it features material by Amy Winehouse such as her outfits and LPs. Adele is also on display.