The Gods Of Rap by Simon Peter Green
open until 9 Dec 2019
The Centre Circle, Coventry Market, CV1 3HT
Mon to Wed: 8.30am – 5.00pm // Thurs: 8.30am – 2.30pm // Fri and Sat: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Back in 2011 I received a call from a man with a New York accent.
“Hi, my name is Divine. I’m the manager of a New York group and I’m searching for a tour manager. I need someone who is strong and will grow with us, someone who can hold this band down on the road. I heard you are a great tour manager. Is that you Simon? Can you handle this job?”
I said: “Who’s the band?”
Divine said: “They scare most people to death.”
I said: “Who’s the band?”
Divine said: “Wu-Tang Clan.”
I said: “Yes mate.”
That’s how I became the tour and production manager for Wu-Tang Clan, the greatest hip-hop band of all time. Over the next eight years I worked hard to deliver their shows across the world.
I’ve worked for many other incredible artists too, including Pusha T, Duke Dumont, TY, Maya Jane Coles, Kanye West, Jammer BBK, Lethal Bizzle, Andreas Moe, Paigey Cakey, Seravince, William Singe, and Desiigner.
Eventually, I stepped back to catch my breath and follow my dream of becoming a photographer.
Fast forward to May 2019 and Wu-Tang Clan embark on their 36 Chambers 25th Anniversary tour. I travelled to London to see the first show at Wembley arena. Some say 18,000 people were in the audience. Divine was happy to see me. “It’s good that you are here for this historic moment. You are family. Call home and ask if you can come on the tour. You can help on the team and take photos. I will pay expenses and a fee but only if wifey gives you her blessing”.
Wifey gave her blessing and I jumped on the tour.
This was a legendary run across Europe which featured Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, De La Soul and Dj Premier performing at arenas in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, the Sea Star Festival in Croatia, and Helsinki.
It’s a privilege to present this exhibition, a rare backstage view of life on the road with Wu-Tang Clan. My family. The Gods Of Rap.
Photography – Simon Peter Green
Curation & Editing – Kevin Rossin
Poster – Alice Cobert
Printing – Simon Dickenson (Ink Well)
Divine for giving me this opportunity.
Power for looking after me.
Wu-Tang Clan – Alah Mathematics, Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Raekwon, RZA, U-God and Young Dirty Bastard
Wu-Tang Clan Engine Room – Divine 2, Torrie, Tareef, Mook, Slice, Gano Grills, Divine 3, Vic, Teon, kevin, Justin, Jason, Chris Wareing, Matthew M-Eighty Markoff, Matt Sharp, Absolute Touring, Phat Phillie and Eva Rees
Coventry Market – Brian and team who worked hard to develop the exhibition space for the city of Coventry.
Support – Coventry University Tutors especially Matt & Emma, Cheryl, Peta, Charlotte Davis, Georgia Bond, Kate Rossin, Mel 1 & Mel 2, Sophie Greener, New Vibes DJ Sound system, Paul at Drapers, Grapevine, Alan Van Wijgerden, Nathan (Fuji UK), The Print Manufactory, Martin Thomas, Shaun Smith, LAHAD, Aretha and Rose Green
Photographs by Georgia Bond and Kevin Rossin