Saturday, 26th Mar 2011
The Godfather of Ska Opens his Wardrobe...
Earning the accolade of ‘The Godfather of Ska’, Laurel Aitken has been recognised as one of the most exciting artists of the past hundred years, being at the forefront of the Raggae, Ska, 2-Tone and Skinhead movements. Famous for tracks such as Skinhead Invasion and Scandal in Brixton Market, Laurel moved to Leicester in 1970 and worked hard to inspire and motivate young musicians.
A large focus of the exhibition is Laurel’s stage costumes – from sequined blazers to classic pork pie hats, the artist’s clothing was always as fresh as his music. Laurel and the pioneers of the Ska movement spurred a new fashion scene as many were inspired by their sharp and subversive style – a look which is still championed today.
Ska with Laurel is taking place until the 8th of May 2011 at the New Walk Museum, Leicester. http://www.leicester.gov.uk/skawithlaurel/