Sunday, 7 April 2013

My Cool Sixties (art)

A photography exhibition, My Cool Sixties, is the latest in the Under Ground Theatre's art offerings. The theatre foyer is being used to display images of iconic 1960s pop and rock stars, captured in their energetic youth by photographers Barry Norman, Chris Walter and Dave Kindred. The images all feature in Tony Norman's autobiography, also entitled My Cool Sixties, and the man himself will be taking to the Under Ground stage for the last Saturday morning of April sharing his memories of growing up in London as a rock writer and as a member of a mod group who dreamed of pop celebrity.

I visited yesterday lunchtime. The photographs include The Who, Mick Jagger and Donovan as well as DJ Tony Blackburn. As I wasn't around in the 1960s, the images don't have the nostalgic pull for me that they would for people who were actually there, so I found it interesting to read the clips of text as well. Some of these paragraphs are taken from Tony's book, which is on sale at the Under Ground for the duration of the exhibition. Prints of the photographs can also be ordered in various sizes, to be collected at the end of April.

To celebrate the exhibition, all the Coffee Morning music will be themed around the 1960s. Yesterday Cornflower Blue and Friends were playing songs from 1963, next Saturday (13th April) is the Botticellis, and Shadows tribute band The Boys are playing on the 20th.

Under Ground Theatre, Fridays and Saturdays from the 5th to the 27th April 2013, 10:00-16:00.
Free admission. Also on view to patrons during other Under Ground Theatre performances.

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