Plan to res­ur­rect home of dead sound

Open air mu­seum wants to save Jack­son Stu­dio

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

A MU­SEUM is turn­ing to crowd­fund­ing to re­turn a pile of bricks to its for­mer glory – as the birth­place of iconic Bri­tish sound.

The Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum, in New­land Park, Gore­lands Lane, Chal­font St Giles is aim­ing to raise at least £7,000 in fund­ing to pay for spe­cial­ist build­ing her­itage pro­fes­sion­als to as­sess the bricks and cre­ate a plan to res­ur­rect The Jack­son Stu­dios.

It is an­tic­i­pated that the stu­dios could cost up to a mil­lion pounds to rebuild and could take sev­eral years.

It will launch the crowd­fund­ing drive on March 28.

The at­trac­tion spe­cialises in res­cu­ing and re­con­struct­ing his­toric build­ings, but is run as a char­ity.

The build­ing, from Maple Cross, dates back to 1745 and was used as a record­ing stu­dio by Jack Jack­son, who had made ra­dio shows for BBC and tele­vi­sion up to 1963.

It was later used as a record­ing stu­dio, be­com­ing fa­mous for its ‘dead sound’. Bri­tish acts that recorded in the orig­i­nal stu­dio, in­clude Mo­tor­head, who recorded Ace of Spades and El­ton John who used it for his ear­li­est record­ings, as well as Dr Feel­good, Ed­die and the Hotrods, Ian Dury and Tom Robin­son.

To make dona­tions to the cause peo­ple can visit the mu­seum web­site.

Those who do­nate will be given ‘in­cen­tives’ rang­ing from T-shirts, spon­sor­ing a brick, to fam­ily vis­its to the at­trac­tion and an overnight stay in the Iron Age Round­house.

Sue Shave, Mu­seum Direc­tor said: “There is so much his­tory be­neath those walls; the Jack­son Stu­dio project would be a fan­tas­tic ben­e­fit for mu­sic en­thu­si­asts to en­joy and the lo­cal com­mu­nity to see where some mu­sic magic started. Our chil­dren are grow­ing up in a world of dig­i­tal sound so the stu­dios, in the mu­seum set­ting, would be a great source for them to ex­plore ana­logue mu­sic and it’s raw sound.”

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ICONIC: Mo­tor­head at The Jack­son Stu­dios

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