British rock photography at the V&A

Date Posted: 22/08/2012

London’s V&A museum will explore the history of British rock music in its new exhibition, Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock, Photographs by Harry Hammond, running from the 13th October until the 3rd March.

Comprising more than 60 portraits, behind-the-scenes images and performance shots of leading musicians in the 1950s and 1960s in Britain; Roy Orbison, Ella Fitzgerald, Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey all feature.

Focussing on the work of music photographer Harry Hammond, known for documenting the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll music in post-war, the display provides an insight into the change in musical tastes over the two decades following the conflict.

Hammond’s photographs chronicle the jazz and big band musicians of the early 1950s such as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday; the American rock ‘n’ roll stars visiting Britain including Little Richard, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent; through to the early breakthroughs of British rock such as the Animals and The Beatles in the 1960s.

Groups of up to 25 can choose from a range of set tours at the gallery which follow a spectrum of themes. Alternatively, tailor-made tours led by a V&A lecturer can be arranged for special interest groups on a subject of their choice.

For further group travel information contact:

020-7942 2211

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