Last night saw the opening of a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Entitled Beatles to Bowie, the 60s Exposed, the exhibition’s 150 images explore the musicians and personalities who contributed to London’s “Swinging,” scene in the 1960s. As well as iconic photographs taken by the likes of David Bailey, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Duffy and Norman Parkinson, the exhibition features many rare and previously unseen images of musical legends such as The Kinks, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Bowie…to name but a few.
Also Included in the exhibition are many album sleeves and original memorabilia from exhibition curator Terence Pepper’s personal collection. When asked what the exhibition meant to him, Terence told me; ” The central message is a simple one. Its about recognizing the power of music and its ability to change the world.”
An essential artistic destination for any true music enthusiast, or anyone wishing to brush up on their History of Rock/Pop, Beatles to Bowie, the 60s Exposed will be running at The National Portrait Gallery until 24th January. These psychedelic Beatles prints by Richard Avedon were my favourite.