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So, Birmingham, or England’s second city as it is often referred to, is not quite the cultural melting pot of the likes of Manchester and London. But nethertheless, there are plenty of weird and wonderful people from the city and its surrounding areas that have become of cultural importance in one way or another. Although you may not know all of the following, I have managed to pick out some of the more iconic figures from Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

First out of the blocks is one of the greatest bands to emerge from the 1970′s heavy rock scene. Led Zeppelin created a cult following during the mid 70′s with some of the most influential music and wide selling albums to come out of the UK during that time. Both Robert Plant (vocalist) and John Bonham (drummer) grew up in inner city Birmingham in the 60′s, taking much of their musical inspiration from the city’s industrial and hard working mentality. This iconic T-shirt is a true symbol of Birmingham’s musical heritage.


Duran Duran

One of the most influential new wave/rock bands to emerge from the early 80′s, Duran Duran are one of the most decorated and successful bands to originate from Birmingham. They soon set the tone for a new generation of musicians, wearing these wicked tees.


Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne

Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers in the heavy metal genre and, along with key vocalist and god father of heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne, they are regarded as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK. These T-shirts from the 70′s are worn by many metal fans across the globe, while the band’s roots can once again be traced back to England’s second city.


The Custard factory

Now moving away from heavy rock and metal music, there are also other iconic symbols to emerge from the west midlands, such as Birds Custard. Yes that’s right, that infamous custard brand your grandmother constantly served up after every family meal was once brewed in inner city Birmingham. I’m sure these vintage T-shirts bring back some memories.


Cadbury


Oh, and of course … the world wide renowned Cadbury. Yes that delicious milky chocolate originates from Birmingham, and it has become one of the cities most prized assets. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting the Cadbury’s factory as a child, well its never too late to give it a try. It’s genuinely like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but without the creepy orange faced midgets.

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