50 Years of Black Sabbath Celebrated in ‘Home of Metal’

Tony Iommi on creating the Black Sabbath sound

From the humble beginnings of 1960s Aston, Birmingham, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward created Black Sabbath, in turn forging a new sound, a new aesthetic, and a new musical culture – Heavy Metal.

To commemorate the sounds and the band, a blockbuster Heavy Metal exhibition, Home of Metal: Black Sabbath – 50 Years, will open this summer at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Running from 26 June through to 29 September 2019, the show has the full support of the original founders of Black Sabbath, and details the history of the iconic band, their links to Birmingham, as the early pioneers of Heavy Metal, celebrating their significant contribution to British music heritage and their unique relationship with their fans.

Iconic artefacts and personal items such as photographs, fans’ gifts, stage costumes and jewellery, plus more, will be on loan from the band members themselves. In addition, demonstrating the extraordinary scale and diversity of their global fan base, the show will include Black Sabbath memorabilia stretching back to the 70s, ranging from gig tickets and mixtapes, to motorbikes and battle jackets.

Black Sabbath - Home of Metal exhibition - Ozzy Osbourne jacket
Black Sabbath – Home of Metal exhibition – Ozzy Osbourne jacket

A collection of 3,000+ commissioned portraits of Metal fans from countries as far afield as the USA, Botswana, Eygpt, Indonesia and Japan will throw light on this huge global community, one which Spotify recently identified as the most loyal across all music genres.

Home of Metal is conceived and produced by Capsule, and is presented in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust. The Space has supported the organisation to produce a series of social media films, featuring interviews with the band members, which can be seen on the Home of Metal Facebook page.

“It’s an honour to be a part of the Home of Metal. I am just a guy from Birmingham who’s been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career.  Like I’ve always said ‘I am nothing without them.”          Ozzy Osbourne

Black Sabbath fans, Home of Metal exhibition
Black Sabbath, Home of Metal fans

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Capsule is a cultural alchemist: an innovative curator initiating, producing multi disciplinary work, encompassing festivals, cultural events, and artist development through partnerships with a range of organisations. Capsule crafts extraordinary cultural projects for curious audiences; they seek to reveal the otherwise indescribable connections between art forms. Capsule aims to introduce new audiences to their programme of activity, provide a platform for new work sonic/visual practice and expand the opportunities available for artists to develop and champion the unclassifiable. They have a unique ability to present the highest quality experimental work in a playful and imaginative way in different contexts, enabling them to reach out to diverse audiences. They create a context and critical mass for new work.

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