For this small assignment we had to ‘respond to a specific site’. We were given the choice between Tiffney’s and Coventry theatre. Our initial research made us drawn to the first location. It had a lot of research online and in the library, it was an exciting place back in its day and most importantly to us; it has completely changed.
Some of research told us that Tiffney’s was the library today (near waterstones for those Coventry interested minds). So we decided the best thing to do was to go an actually look round the library, an investigation. You can still see some of the few signs that show that it was once a nightclub, like the toilets. They resembled something you’d find on the London underground, but you can really tell that you’d go here and have a drunken chat to the toilet attendant whilst your friends has passed out in the toilet. We then began to talk to one of the librarians there. She was really nice but here mother never let here go to the club so she didn’t have much information to tell us, only how she was jealous. She tried to show us where the main stage was and the bar area, so we did end up having some understanding of what Tiffney’s was like. However, she did kindly take our email addresses to send to another librarian who went there frequently. We did hear back from her but that brings me to the biggest flaw of this task; time. We had a week. Take away the weekend plus all the time were in uni and add that to the time we had to do our own work, it gave us very few hours to get stuck it.
I really liked this task, but as soon as we began researching we realised we didn’t have enough time. We couldn’t have been as thorough as we liked. Once we left the library we then began to talk to two buskers. I noticed their chequered guitar straps and boots. They looked like a cross between a skinhead and a reggae man; the people we have been researching. They were really nice to talk to, although there Geordie accent proved hard to understand and they definitely like to talk. A lot. But they gave us some names and places to see and visit, and I even managed to take a small video of him playing a classic two-tone song.
So we had some understanding of what Tiffney’s was like, the experience and the physical aspect, and an understanding of two-tone. Next we had to display this information and what we had learned into something. I personally would have created something that combined the old photographs of Tiffney’s and the library now, so we can directly see the differences and similarities. But we might not have had enough time to create a professional looking piece. Evan came up with the idea of creating a Fanzine for Tiffney’s. This was perfect because they were really popular at this time, practically with the music scene. I had previously done four months studying zines and creating them, so I had a good understanding of what we were going to create.
As for the actual making of the zine, I feel like it was hard to come as a group together. Three out of the five of our group lives together. This means that they can work together and create it. Whereas its hard for us two to get involved. I definitely had to trust them on doing a good job, which they really do. I came up with the writing for the first page, which everyone liked, so I did have some impact. Working as a group is still hard for me. I am so independent and I like to create my own things (this sounds sad). But also I felt guilty for the ones who put this together, like I hadn’t contributed. So this next task I want to be involved more and feel like I’ve really put the effort into it. Two-tone is an amazing bit of Coventry’s history and I have definitely enjoyed it. I just which we had more time to get more stuck in!