Strangely sat in my living room whilst listening to some early Oasis and Wonderwall comes on. I am sure they would have come across really well on a bandstand built just for music and entertainment. Indeed some great musicians have performed on bandstands over the years, from Bowie to Pink Floyd to Mungo Jerry and the Bay City Rollers. My favourite would have been Thin Lizzy on the Harlow bandstand way back in the 1970s. The importance of bandstands to our musical landscape cannot be underestimated and since their heyday in the late 19th century and early 20th century, they have provided platforms for a wide range of music and not just traditional brass bands. Their time seemed to have disappeared in the 50s and 60s but latterly they are once again becoming more and more popular.
My enjoyment in writing this book was discovering that such platforms can be used by such icons as Bowie but also a young band from a small community that no one has ever heard of. They are unique spaces, the least cynical of all performance spaces and their place in our culture must not be underestimated. We must continue to celebrate their existence and keep them alive and this book I hope becomes part of that hope.
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