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Brighton pub mural pays tribute to music icons
9:33am Wednesday 10th July 2013 in News
A mural of legendary DJ John Peel has been painted over with a grand collage of musical icons.
The new work, on the wall of the Prince Albert pub in Trafalgar Street, Brighton, was painted by the same artist who daubed the original work in 2004.
Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse and Freddy Mercury are just some of the 24 dead stars featured – alongside a new, younger John Peel.
It is collaboration between Brighton graffiti artists Req, the original creator, and SinnaOne, and Albert owner Chris Steward.
Req said: “It was quite liberating to paint over the original because I knew there was going to be a bigger and better one. Plus people had said they didn’t like it.
“You do get lots of people walking past saying: ‘Why isn’t Janis Joplin up there? Where’s Biggie and Tupac?’ Everyone’s got their own list of icons and ultimately Chris is the curator and we’re the creators.”
The work is nearly finished after more than three weeks.
Mr Steward said: “We’ve been talking about it for two years. I wasn’t happy with the original John Peel. People couldn’t tell it was him.
“I think the new one is great. Every day 1,000 people have been standing outside looking at it.”
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