Osaka vinyl exhibition recaps music history via LPs

Osaka vinyl exhibition chronicles the passage of time in music in the 20th century, featuring records, audio products to even important musical events like the 1969 Woodstock music festival.

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Following a donation of 240,000 records from prominent Japanese producer and music critic Naoki Tachikawa and Ichiro Fukuda to the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT), the institute founded the Popular Music Collection in 1992 – with a goal to preserve the vinyl culture of the 1900s.

The exhibition, chronicling the passage of time in the 20th century through vinyl records is an amazing concept. Entitled “Sekai o Kaeta Record Ten” which translates literally to “Exhibition on records that have changed the world” is currently ongoing in the Knowledge Capital tower at Grand Front Osaka in the city of Osaka through July 23.

The likes of classic records are featured on display with The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967), David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” (1972) and Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) at the show.

The main attraction of the exhibition is a “50 meter wall” detailing historically important records (“what kind of music was born and accepted in what era”), major social events, to even what “kind of audio equipment was produced and changed the music scene at the time”. They include the legendary 1969 Woodstock & Arts Festival in New York City, which was a music festival that ran four days long on a dairy farm and had a jaw-droppingly incredible line-up.

Just imagine having the privilege to watch “Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Blood, Sweat & Tears” and so many more in that time space! Rolling Stones even listed it as one of the “50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll.”

Admission to the Osaka exhibition is free! So if you’re in the area for the next week or so, this is a great exhibit to learn and explore about music history, and who knows, you find a little more about your new favourite artists once you go back home to google and listen!

Visit their website at www.kanazawa-it.ac.jp/record/ for more information.

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