MUSIC MATTERS: By Pete Chambers BEM - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022


Cassette Vs Vinyl

There’s only one thing better than cassettes, badges and record memorabilia and that’s when they are all supersized.

I had the pleasure of attending The Pop Art Exhibition #cassettevsvinyl at the Old Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane, and it was like some weird psychedelic experience, where records had become four times their normal size, and badges were just out of this world.

The artists behind the exhibition are all well-known in their own right for producing their respective enlarged creations, Chris Barton and his mega cassettes, Morgan Howell famed for his vinyl art, Coventry’s own Horace Panter for his demotape and mixtapes and guest artist Tony Denny looking after badges.

Morgan and his limited edition prints of ‘SuperSizeArt’ giant 3D 45s, can be seen hung at BBC Radio 2 and at BBC Radio 6Music. His series of ‘45RPM’ paintings are unique, with each single only ever painted once. They have become something of a trophy with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Diamond and Jerry Dammers all proud owners.

Chris began working as an animatronic mechanical designer for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in 1987. He now concentrates on private commissions, creating his four times larger than life cassettes: all beautiful (especially the Specials’ first album).

Guest artist Tony, has a life in reproducing huge concert tickets in all their detail, but for this exhibition, it was button badges that got the treatment, with Specials and Damned badges taking on another form.

Specials bassman Horace Panter has of course long been a fine artist of note, enabling him to put on shows all over the globe (this particular show has been in Manchester, Los Angeles and Dublin). His cassette artwork is highly prized, and it’s becoming good form to have some “Panter” on your wall. Horace straddles life seamlessly as an artist and a rock musician, and excels at both.

The Cassette Vs Vinyl exhibition attracted art music fans from all over. Check out the artists’ websites, to see just how exacting these creations are, and why there is such a fascination for the larger than life.

Vince Hill and John Shuttleworth at Knights

On Saturday, November 4 at 12 noon, the Coventry Music Museum is celebrating its fourth birthday.

On the day, Coventry singing legend Vince Hill (of ‘Edelweiss’ fame) will be in the house to take part in an interview and sign his CDs in a meet and greet.

To add to the celebrations, comedian Graham Fellows (one time Jilted John) will be there as his alter ego of John Shuttleworth to introduce Vince with one of his songs “Whatever Happened To Vince Hill?”. So a great day is guaranteed for all.

It all takes place at Knights at The 2-Tone Village, Ball Hill, normal museum entry applies for this very special event. Wristbands can be purchased in advance from the village or on the day.

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