Mark Osborne artist talk

Mark Osborne presents his extensive work as an artist, documenting the Coventry music scene between 1979-1981, which he developed thanks to support of Coventry University and Arts council funding.

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Agitpop – Protest and Social Change in Popular Music – Chris Jury

Chris Jury (Broadcaster, Lecturer and Activist) discussing his radio show called Agitpop- and shares some of his work and reflections on pop and protest as part of the Creative Activism Open Class

You can download the slides and tracklist from Chris' show by visiting this page on the Creative Activism class


The Specials - Horace Panter in Conversation

Horace Panter is a true icon of British music. In the 1970s Horace formed "The Specials" who went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. This year they are reforming to play a number of big shows, including headlining slots at Glastonbury and V Festival.

In 1972 Horace started studying fine art at Coventry’s Lanchester Polytechnic, now known as Coventry University. In his second year there he met Jerry Dammers and soon they formed The Specials. They started playing in Coventry bars and pubs and by 1980 were arguably the UK’s biggest band.

Here Horace talks to Coventry Conversations about growing up in Coventry, the day after the Specials played their first gig since they reformed.