Sounds of Birmingham Exhibition
Sounds of Birmingham: A Community of Music
Sounds of Birmingham: A Community of Music is a year-long exhibition that will explore Birmingham's musical heritage, past to present. Special emphasis will be given to CREEM Magazine (published in Birmingham during the 1970s and 1980s), and its powerful influence on American music culture. In addition, the museum will be featuring the incredible career of local drummer extraordinaire, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A variety of personal artifacts, photos, and other objects will showcase his ongoing connections to our community and dedication to help others. His talent, determination, hard work, and great love of drumming has brought him broad recognition throughout the music industry, with numerous awards and induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
A charitable (and fun!) "Drum Off" challenge between Chad and look-alike Will Ferrell recently took place on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon-watch the video online. The nation's number one drummer magazine, Modern Drummer, also recently featured the Sounds of Birmingham exhibit. View the article online.
On November 1, Susan Whitall, former editor/writer for CREEM Magazine, presented an in depth look at what it was like behind the scenes at the magazine during its heyday in the mid- to late 1970s. This presentation is now available online. Thanks to our co-sponsor, the Baldwin Public Library, for its assistance in recording the presentation.
Learn more about Chad Smith's career and see the mock office from CREEM at the museum. This is an exhibition you won't want to miss. Group tours are available by appointment for six or more people; otherwise, the museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Call the museum at 248.530.1928 for more information.