Next Stop New York puts the spotlight on Liverpool and Black American Music at The Florrie

Anglican Cathedral from the door of the Somali Club 1983, by Steve Howe.

Next Stop New York puts the spotlight on Liverpool and Black American Music at The Florrie

The Florrie is fast becoming a magnet for some fascinating and insightful pop up exhibitions. The latest, Next Stop New York, opened during the “Super Weird Happening” event on April 1st, and due to popular demand has been extended until the 18th April 2017.

The exhibition reflects on the impact of Black American music – and crucially the role of Liverpool 8 – in the development and expression of popular music in Liverpool; how these sounds contributed to the city’s seminal musical influence, and its ascendancy to “World Capital of Pop”. It recalls – through rarely seen photographs, posters and flyers – a neglected but crucial era of Liverpool’s Black Music heritage; the late 50’s to the mid 80’s.

These beautiful, evocative images are a mix of candid snapshot, superb photojournalism and sharp urban landscape, and feature some of the fascinating musicians, bands, events, clubs and characters that have contributed to the city’s rich and diverse musical heritage.

These legendary local musicians and singers are juxtaposed against images such as a small agitprop flyer for the L8 Task Force, a clenched fist raised in defiance. The collection explores a highly productive and influential, yet harsh and tumultuous time; musically, culturally and politically.

Chris Bernard, at the Florrie, said: “I was reminded of the late Lady Simey’s words “The magic of Liverpool is that it isn’t England. We are global and we have learned to tolerate and respect each other’s traditions. As such, we are a national asset” – a timely sentiment.”

The Florrie is hosting Next Stop New York which opened April 1st and runs until April 18th.

Free Entry.

The Florrie, 377 Mill Street, Liverpool L8 4RF
0151 728 2323