A new film is set to explore how the Oxfordshire area has “punched above its weight” by becoming one of the UK’s biggest music scene hot-spots.
Oxfordshire promoter Jon Spira is the man responsible for Anyone Can Play Guitar, a documentary which takes its name from a song by one of Oxford’s most famous musical sons; Radiohead.
The chart-topping band was formed by a group of friends who attended Abingdon public school in Oxfordshire. Oxford’s Jericho Tavern hosted the line-up’s first gig in 1986 and the venue still hosts live and local music.
Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien was interviewed for the film, recalling how the Oxfordshire music scene was so good that you had to be “special to stand out”. This sense of competition seemed to inspire the band and they went on to score massive hits with singles such as Creep and Street Spirit.
Lead singer Thom Yorke and his colleagues still maintain strong connections with the area. According to The Independent, Radiohead’s top-secret headquarters are near a “South Oxfordshire village of thatched cottages by the Thames”.
The film will also explore the ‘shoe-gazing’ music scene which originated in the Oxfordshire area in the late 1980s, a genre of guitar pop which was spearheaded by bands such as Ride and Slowdive.
Oxfordshire still has a vibrant music scene with bands such as Foals continuing to fly the music flag for an area which seems set to produce quality music for years to come.