Since last year Flatpack Festival has been investigating Birmingham in 1968, from activism and redevelopment to light-shows and heavy rock.
This event will celebrate the launch of a new publication which has emerged from this research, a beautiful slice of social history which includes photographs by Janet Mendelsohn and Nick Hedges as well as the story behind Birmingham Arts Lab, Mothers club and Black Sabbath. The University of Birmingham also plays a role in the story, from the influence of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies to the occupation of the Great Hall in late ’68.
The book’s author Ian Francis and a number of those who contributed memories and images will be present to talk about this unique period, and from 7:30pm Steve Ajao Blues Giants will play a selection of soul and blues numbers. The evening is also an opportunity to see Ikon’s new exhibition of paintings by John Walker, who like Steve Ajao is an alumnus of Moseley School of Art.