Tag: history (page 3 of 12)

Are we in a post-album era for music?

One of the downsides of getting older is that things you took to be sacred all of a sudden seem to be obsolete. For example, music albums, which have always been a part of my life, seem to now be referred to in the past tense?

There’s a whole Wikipedia article on the ‘album era’ so… it must be true.

The album era was a period in English-language popular music from the mid-1960s to the mid-2000s in which the album was the dominant form of recorded music expression and consumption. It was primarily driven by three successive music recording formats: the 33⅓ rpm long-playing record (LP), the audiocassette, and the compact disc. Rock musicians from the US and the UK were often at the forefront of the era, which is sometimes called the album-rock era in reference to their sphere of influence and activity. The term “album era” is also used to refer to the marketing and aesthetic period surrounding a recording artist’s album release.

Source: Album era | Wikipedia

Historic aerial photos of England

It’s annoying they can’t be downloaded, but fun to see historic aerial photos of my home town!

You can explore over 400,000 digitised photos taken from our aerial photo collections of over 6 million photographs preserved in the Historic England Archive.

Source: Aerial Photo Explorer – Over 400,000 aerial photos in Historic England’s digitised collections | Historic England

British monarchs helped fund, and profited from, the slave trade

The monarchy wasn’t a force for good during the age of colonialism/empire, nor is it a force for good now.

Map of slave trade routes

In 1660, the Royal African Company was established by the Duke of York, who later became James II, with involvement from his brother, Charles II. The Royal African Company was prolific within the slave trade; according to the Slave Voyages website, between 1672 and 1731 the Royal African Company transported more than 187,000 slaves from Africa to English colonies in North, Central and South America. Many of the enslaved Africans transported by the Royal African Company were branded “DY”, standing for Duke of York.

Between 1690 and 1807, an estimated 6 million enslaved Africans were transported from west Africa to the Americas on British or Anglo-American ships. The slave trade was protected by the royal family and parliament.

Source: What are the British monarchy’s historical links to slavery? | The Guardian