No, it's not about Manchester.
This is one of those guest episodes we sometimes do, where we repeat a CityMetric-ish episode of another podcast. This week, it's an episode of Friday 15, the show on which our erstwhile producer Roifield Brown chats to a guest about life and music.
Roifield recently did an episode with Jez Collins, founder of the Birmingham Music Archive, which exists to recognise and celebrate the musical heritage of one of England's largest but least known cities. Roifield talks to Jez about how Birmingham gave the world heavy metal, and was a key site for the transmission of bhangra and reggae to western audiences, too – and asks why, with this history, does the city not have the musical tourism industry that Liverpool does? And is its status as England's second city really slipping away to Manchester?
They also cover Birmingham's industrial history, its relationship with the rest of the West Midlands, the loss of its live venues – and whether Midlands Mayor Andy Street can do anything about it.
I’ll be back with a normal episode next week.
Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman’s cities site, CityMetric. It’s hosted by Jonn Elledge.