Daily Trojan reporter Stephanie Byrd has the lowdown on “Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975,” a new exhibit at the Grammy Museum. Turns out the presentaton was originally developed as an undergrad project at USC Annenberg under the supervision of professor Josh Kun.
One of the more intriguing elements of the show is a timeline that matches up moments of social and political change with corresponding LPs and music memorabilia. There are also artifacts from influential LA DJ Art Laboe’s program and a couch-car to underscore the importance of car radio-dispatched sounds:
USC students developed some of the key pieces that elevate the exhibit from a run-of-the-mill museum tour through time to an interactive, engaging space. Kun, acting as a guest curator for the Grammy Museum, said that his favorite student idea – a revamped 1970s jukebox – became an exemplary feature of “Trouble in Paradise.”
The jukebox features approximately 90 MP3s for passers-by to choose from and offers vitality to the exhibit, as it never allows the space to sink into a quiet, dreary museum feel. And its inclusion is fitting: According to Kun, one of the biggest shifts in music was the disappearance of the jukebox.
The show runs through June 3 and was set up in its second home with generous help from the Getty Foundation. More info here.