Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions

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Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions

Richard Branson's record label celebrates four decades with an exhibition that aims to demonstrate this 40-year-old Virgin's importance to British culture. Alongside the usual music exhibition artefacts – clothes (punk gear by Vivienne Westwood and costumes worn by the Spice Girls), archive artwork (logos, album covers, posters, adverts) and loads of photos covering everyone from Boy George to Emeli Sandé – there are audiovisual installations featuring Virgin artists' music videos, interviews and TV appearances, and specially commissioned art installations by Virgin musicians including The Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack. For the nostalgia brigade, though, the cream of the exhition will most likely be the full-scale recreation of the original Virgin Records shop on Oxford Street, a hippie hangout which offered bean bags and free vegetarian food.

See our preview of the exhibition: 'Virgin Records: 40 years in pictures'


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rhian morgan

Fsbulous event tells a great story of an iconic company and the music of each decade it shows musicians had creative freedom and music benefited