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The Museum of London opens ‘Grime Stories’

17 June 2022 to 31 December 2022 Museum of London

Sound equipment in Jammer's basement © John Chase/Museum of London
Co-curated by one of the first cameramen of grime, Roony 'RiskyRoadz’ Keefe, Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream is a brand new, free display that explores the history of grime in East London and the community at its heart.

Grime music emerged almost twenty years ago in the early 2000s and flourished through an informal network of record shops, youth clubs and pirate radio stations. Now the Museum of London is spotlighting the people and places across East London that shaped grime from then to the present day.

Partnering with those who were there at the start, this landmark display considers how the area has changed over the last 20 years and the impact these changes have had on the future landscape of grime.

At the core of the display is a series of films, one of which sees the display’s co-curator and documentarian Roony tour east London in his black cab with influential figures from the UK grime scene: grime MC and producer Jammer, Ruff Sqwad’s Rapid and Slix, and Troy 'A+' Miller from Practice Hours.

A central feature of the exhibition will recognise Leytonstone basement of UK grime pioneer Jammer. Nicknamed ‘The Dungeon,’ this iconic space was the birthplace of Lord of the Mics, one of the most important battle platforms to ever exist in the UK music scene. An installation will feature the keyboard on which Skepta’s ‘That’s Not Me’ was produced and graffiti from the basement walls in the home of Jammer’s parents and an interview film from the legendary Dungeon recording studio.

A panoramic illustration by artist Willkay, a series of newly commissioned films, and personal artefacts will pay tribute to the parents, carers and youth workers who supported the city's grime MCs.

This display is a unique opportunity to explore the moments, music and people that took grime from the corner to the mainstream and one not to be missed.

Roony ‘Risky’ Keefe, display co-curator, said:  

“Grime is a culture in itself and uniquely houses London’s attitude and DIY spirit. In two decades, it has given so much back, not only to the city, but to an international audience. Grime's influence has changed music forever. This Museum of London display makes me feel proud to see grime’s legacy acknowledged, knowing how far the scene has come and how essential it is to London’s culture. Grime continues to push boundaries and Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream will bring its history and pioneering work to a whole new audience.” 

Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream is a FREE display. The Museum of London opens seven days a week (10am - 5pm). 

Further Information: Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream (museumoflondon.org.uk)

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