Monday, September 20, 2010
British Music Experience at the O2 complex
I love British music. I often scan the UK iTunes store to sample their top songs for music not yet or will never be available in the United States. So I was looking forward to the British Music Experience which opened in March 2009 at the O2 entertainment complex. The museum features a retrospective look at the British music industry since 1944.
Despite my high hopes, I'm afraid this museum may have a tough go. Located such a distance from central London, the attraction unfortunately needs to meet a higher expectation. Is it the medium of music that is difficult to convey in a museum? Possibly since I was equally disappointed with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in NYC which shuttered in January 2010 after a year.
A visit to this museum will depend heavily on your interest in British music to make the journey out of central London. Hours are Mon-Sun 11am-7:30pm. Admission is £15 (US$24). More info at britishmusicexperience.com. Tube: North Greenwich.
Note: US residents with an iTunes account cannot make purchases from an iTunes store serving another country. So if I find a sample of song I like for a release that may never have a domestic release, the only recourse is to purchase it from a foreign retailer such as amazon's UK store (amazon.co.uk) or visit a UK record shop while there on vacation.