I’ve got a Mail from a production company making a BBC series called the “People’s History of Pop” due to air in 2016 that will tell the story of British popular music from the people that loved it most – the fans. They’re taking a unique approach to the research and are crowdsourcing people’s memories and memorabilia, whether that be photos, ticket stubs, old records etc.
The series is due to air on BBC4 in four episodes, starting in the spring. Instead of interviewing “experts” and celebs, they want to tell the story from the fans’ perspective. So they are crowdsourcing people’s memories and memorabilia from across the UK, covering all music and youth cultures from 1956 to 1996.
The company is doing this in partnership with History Pin – an online sharing platform where people can upload their pictures, records, memories etc. The documentary will then feature the best of what’s been uploaded to the site. This is a chance to tell the story of British music from the real fans’ point of view.
This BBC website explains what we’re doing quite well: www.bbc.co.uk/peoplespop
Here is the site where everyone is uploading items so you can see what’s already gone up: www.phop.co.uk