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Bob Dylan - The Beaten Path at Halcyon Gallery

Bob Dylan - The Beaten Path at Halcyon Gallery

The musician and Nobel Prize for literature laureate presents his paintings at this central London gallery in Mayfair.

Featuring a number of new artworks based around the theme of American landscapes, this is his third art show, and his most substantial, to date. As Bob Dylan himself states in the lengthy online introduction to the show:

"For this series of paintings the idea was to create pictures that would not be misinterpreted or misunderstood by me or anybody else. When the Halcyon Gallery brought the idea of me doing American landscapes for an exhibition, all they had to do was say it once. And after a bit of clarification, I took it to heart and ran with it. The common theme of these works having something to do with the American landscape – how you see it while crisscrossing the land and seeing it for what it’s worth. Staying out of the mainstream and traveling the back roads, free born style. I believe that the key to the future is in the remnants of the past. That you have to master the idioms of your own time before you can have any identity in the present tense. Your past begins the day you were born and to disregard it is cheating yourself of who you really are."

If you can't make it to London, then view a virtual reality preview of the show here.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Halcyon Gallery
144-146 New Bond Street
London, W1S 2PF

Images: Halcyon Gallery

Glastonbury: Land and Legend at the V&A

Glastonbury: Land and Legend at the V&A

The partnership between the V&A and Glastonbury Festival has produced Glastonbury: Land and Legend, an immersive look at the UK's most famous festival.

Showcasing footage captured onsite at the Glastonbury Festival in 2014, this immersive film and sound installation deconstructs the festival to create an epic kaleidoscope of experiences, intimate and spectacular.

The free exhibit takes place until the end of February 2017 in rooms 103 & 104 at the V&A.

Rooms 103 & 104
The Victoria and Albert Museum,
Cromwell Road,
SW7 2RL.

Images and video: V&A

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first international retrospective of one of the world’s most iconic and influential bands. Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios.

The V&A is staging an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the iconic British band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day. The immersive theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world will chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band - from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day - illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary. 

Aubrey Powell curates alongside Paula Stainton for Pink Floyd and, for the V&A, a team lead by Senior Curator Victoria Broackes. The curators have worked in close consultation with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason on the content of the exhibition, which will feature over 350 artefacts spanning the band's five decades, alongside material from the V&A’s outstanding collections of art, design, architecture and performance.

Tickets on sale now, advance booking is necessary.

Find out more about the exhibition at their website or at #TheirMortalRemains

The Victoria and Albert Museum,
Cromwell Road,
SW7 2RL.

Images: V&A

The Last Great Event - book signings, exhibitions and talks

The Last Great Event - book signings, exhibitions and talks

Ray Foulk, co-founder of the Isle of Wight Festival is hitting the road to celebrate the launch of the second volume of his memoir, 'The Last Great Event', which focuses on the 1970 event which saw Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, Miles Davis, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, and Joni Mitchell play to over 250,000 attendees.

He'll be doing a number of book signings, as well as putting on a few exhibitions, to coincide with the launch of his, quite frankly, brilliant book.

You can listen to our podcast with Ray from last year which covered the 1969 festival here. We'll also be releasing a new podcast with Ray on the 1970 festival soon!

In the meantime, try and catch Ray tell the inside story of one of music history's most iconic festivals at one of the events below... You can also find out more at the book's website.

28 May - Book Signing at County Press Shop, Isle of Wight.

4 June - Free exhibition starts at Freshwater Memorial Hall, Isle of Wight.

4 June - Evening talk at Freshwater Memorial Hall, Isle of Wight.

8 June - Talk and Book Signing at Blackwell's Oxford.

9-10 June - Exhibition in the artists' enclosure, Isle of Wight Festival 2016.

30 June - Reading at Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford.

10 Sep - 18 Feb 2017 - Isle of Wight Festival fetured in V&A Museum exhibition, 'You Say You Want a Revolution'

21 Sep - 21 Oct - Exhibition at The Portsmouth Music Experience at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Dec - Lecture at Handel & Hendrix in London.

17 Jan 2017 - Evening talk at V&A Museum. in London.

Say You Want a Revolution at the V&A

Say You Want a Revolution at the V&A

"This major exhibition will explore the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future."

The core of this new exhibit at the V&A will be an odyssey through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century, from Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come', to The Who's 'My Generation', to Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock; and will focus on events which defined the cultural and social vanguard of the period, including clubs and counterculture, the Paris protests of May 1968, World Fairs, the Woodstock Festival of 1969, and communes on the West Coast of America.

The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the 1960s changed the way we live today and affect the way we think about the future.

Memorabilia on display will include, underground magazines from Oz to the International Times; a shopping list written behind barricades during the 1968 Paris student riots; a moon rock on loan from NASA; an Ossie Clark costume for Mick Jagger; original artworks by Richard Hamilton; shards from Jimi Hendrix’s guitar; the suits worn by John Lennon and George Harrison on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and handwritten lyrics for 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' by the Beatles.

Find out more at their website

Tickets: £16 (concessions available)
Cromwell Road,
SW7 2RL.

Images: V&A

Punk London: 40 years of sub-versive culture

Punk London: 40 years of sub-versive culture

A year long festival to celebrate 40 years of punk in London featuring concerts and events at iconic venues, museums, galleries and record shops across the Capital.

Punk London starts with an eight-day punk music festival at the 100 Club, the spiritual home of the early punk movement, in January. 

A two-day Punk Festival will also take place at the Design Museum on June 25 and 26 — the venue’s final weekend at its Shad Thames site before it moves to the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington High Street. Don Letts will curate a punk cinema festival at the British Film Institute (BFI), and the Museum of London will host an exhibition of fanzines, photos and fashion.

In the spirit of punk, music fans are also encouraged to create their own DIY events.

We will update this entry with more info on individual events, as it comes our way!

Resolution 2016 - The 100 Club (Jan 4 to Jan 14) - More info
A punk festival to kick things off at the legendary venue which helped to launch punk.

Tattoo London - Museum of London (Jan 29 May 8) - More info
An exhibition on tattoos including punk inspired creations.

On|Off: London Fashion Week Punk Shows (Feb 19 to 21) - More info
A showcase of emerging fashion and design talent influenced by punk and punk fashion.

Sounds of London - Various venues (Feb 1 to Mar 30) - More info
Doc 'n Roll present a series of films and Q&As with some of punk's survivors, including the world premiere of 'Here to be Heard', a documentary about The Slits.

Rockarchive's Chunk of Punk - Barbican Library (Mar 2 to Apr 28) - More info
Rockarchive founder and world renowned music photographer, Jill Furmanovsky, opens her archive to share her mainly unseen collection of anarchic Punk images. Featuring The Buzzocks, The Clash, The Sex Pistols and many more.

Doc’n Roll Film Festival’s SOUNDS OF LONDON (Mar 16 to June 16) - More info
A three month, fourteen film cinematic celebration of the capital’s rich and rebellious musical heritage, Doc’n Roll Film Festival’s SOUNDS OF LONDON season will take place at leading art-house and independent cinemas across the city.

Dennis Morris: PiL - First Issue to Metal Box - The ICA (Mar 22 to May 17) - More info
Jamaican born Morris designed John Lydon's post-Pistols act Public Image Limited. The cultural gallery hosts a restrospective of his work.

Anarchy in the UK - Richard Young Gallery (Apr 11 to August 12) - More info
An exhibition of punk rock photography featuring both famously classic and never-before-seen images selected from Richard Young's archive.

Sex Pistols - The Art of PTMADDEN (Apr 14 to May 14) - More info
On 3rd April 1976, PTMADDEN, a young art student from Liverpool studying in London, stood with his camera a few feet away from the stage at the Nashville Rooms, London with the concept of taking a stage-framed photograph every thirty seconds to capture an entire performance of his favourite group – the Sex Pistols.

Punk 1976-78 - The British Library (May 13 to September 19) - More info - Review and photos 
A free exhibition at the British Library that traces punk's creative explosion and is impact on music, fashion and print.

Punk Display - Museum of London (1 June onwards) - More info 
Held in the museum’s topical display area, this display of clothes, fanzines, photographs and ephemera will focus on the quotidian, highlighting the cultural expression that came to define punk in the every day.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival (June 3 to 5) - More info
The Festival celebrates the radical, transformative cultural traditions of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and in 2016 will include a special punk strand, discussing Hackney’s special affinity with punk – a relationship which continues to influence the borough to this day.

Punk Weekender (Exhibition) - The Photographers Gallery - More info
An exhibition of iconic images from photographers Derek Ridgers, Anita Corbin and the PYMCA Archive, plus an exclusive performance from punk legends The Raincoats. There are also talks and events celebrating the spontaneity, spirit and diversity of punk culture and its presence within Soho.

Punk Festival - The Design Museum (June 25 and 26) - More info 
'Creative disruption' featuring design workshops, music, and spoken word.

Punk Weekender - The Roundhouse (July 9 and 10) - More info
A weekend of music and poetry at the venue which hosted The Ramones, Patti Smith, The Runaways and The Clash in 1976. One of the days will pay homage to women in punk.

The Class of '76 Punk Art Exhibition - Gallery Different (July 9 to 15) - More info
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Punk Rock movement ‘Punk Art’ have put together a mixed media exhibition of collages and prints called ‘The Class Of 76’ by artist Mal-One.

Punk - Michael Hoppen Gallery (July 18 to Aug 26) - More info
The Michael Hoppen Gallery has been invited by Rex Shutterstock to exhibit distressed vintage photographs that capture the energy of Punk in 1970’s Britain. Located off the Kings Road, the Michael Hoppen Gallery is situated in the birth place of Punk.

Don Letts Presents Punk on Film - BFI Southbank (Aug 1 to 31) - More info
Throughout August 2016 BFI Southbank will host a season of films curated by the film director, DJ and musician Don Letts. The season will draw much needed attention to the diversity of the punk movement through a broad range of documentary and archive footage, as well as a special African Odysseys event highlighting the intersections between the Jamaican music scene and punk. The season will include contributions from key commentators, and an exciting selection of films, many of them rarely seen on the big screen.

Punk Waltham Forest - various local venues (Sep 5 to Nov 26) - More info
Celebrating the history of punk music in the London borough. In 1975 Pete Stennett opened a shop at 162, Hoe Street in Walthamstow with his wife Mari, the now legendary Small Wonder Records. After seeing The Sex Pistols perform at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on 17 June 1976 he was inspired to start a label and transform the shop into the place to go for the latest new sounds of punk. Punk Waltham Forest 2016 celebrates Small Wonder, marks the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols gig and raises awareness of the borough’s local punk heritage.

Shelia Rock: From Punk to the English Sea - Chelsea Space (From Sept 28) - More info
Sheila Rock’s photographs instead insist on a more sophisticated reading of her subjects, allowing and revealing a far more nuanced collection of portraits. By exploring her subjects outside of these established contexts, Rock has photographed some of the more gently subversive aspects of punk (sub) culture, through attire, environment and attitude.

New Rose: 40 years of Croydon Punk (Oct 22) - More info
Forty years ago, on 22 October 1976, Croydon’s The Damned released their song 'New Rose'. This is acknowledged as the first commercially available punk single, and marks a truly significant date in the Punk London calendar. The Oval Tavern will celebrate this anniversary with a full evening of events, including displays, talks by those who were there and more.

Rough Trade (March to October) - More info
The record shop and label was instrumental in distributing DIY punk records. The independent chain will host a series of in-store gigs and events across its two London locations celebrating its punk legacy.

Joe Corre burns his Punk Stuff (November 26) - More info
The son of the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren is planning to burn his collection of punk memorabilia, estimated to be worth around £5m. The event will take place in Camden on 26 November to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols single 'Anarchy in the UK'.

John Lennon: The New York Years 1971-80

John Lennon: The New York Years 1971-80

A new exhibiton at the Beatles Story explores John Lennon's time in New York City, where he spent the last years of his life. This exhibition runs until the end of 2018.

The photos on display by neighbour, friend and famous rock photographer Bob Gruen document John's life with Yoko, the early years of Sean Lennon and his alcohol fuelled binges. The display offers a candid, behind the scenes, look at John Lennon's final years in NYC.

The images are on display at the Beatles Story in Liverpool for the next three years and also accompanies the showing of John Lennon's last piano. The piano, which was previously based in the US, was used by Lennon to write solo songs sich as 'Walls and Bridges' and 'Double Fantasy'. He even used it to compose 'Fame' with David Bowie, and 'Whatever Gets You Thru the Night' with Elton John. The paino has also been used by other musical legends including Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Don McLean and Aerosmith.

Guests of the Beatles Story can view the exhibition and the piano with a standard ticket.

Find out more about the photos here, and the piano here.

The Beatles Story
Britannia Vaults,
Albert Dock,
Liverpool, L3 4AD

Images: Beatles Story, Bob Gruen

Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism

Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism

Following its successful stint at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the first major exhibition to feature the life and times of the Rolling Stones goes on tour and will hit New York City and Sydney over the coming years.

Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism is the only officially endorsed exhibition of the Stones. Following the sold out success at the Gallery in the heart of Chelsea - the former London stomping ground of the band - the exhibition will travel across the Atlantic first and from November 2016 be open in Industria in the West Villiage in New York City. The event is currently scheduled to travel to Sydney, Australia in 2018.

The exhibition is an interactive tour through the Rolling Stones vast artistic oeuvre, including original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia; rare guitars and instruments, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips; personal diaries and correspondence; original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations.

Read our review of the London leg of Exhibitionism over on our blog.

Find out more at the website.

Tickets are currently on sale for the NYC leg (and you can sign up for the Sydney waiting list online too!)

(Just off the Highline)
775 Washington St.
West Village
New York, NY 

David Bowie Is - on tour

David Bowie Is - on tour

David Bowie's V&A extravaganza, 'Is' continues its world tour in Bologna, Italy, with further dates scheduled for Japan in 2017.

The exhibition is adapted to local markets.  For example, curators at the Melbourne leg explored his links to the Australian continent - the video for 'Let's Dance', Bowie's biggest selling record focused on the plight of Indigenous Australians and included images referencing slavery, a lost generation and the British nuclear testing in the 1950s.

Over 300,000 attended the show on its record breaking run at the V&A Museum in London and it has since gone on tour to museums in Canada, Brazil, Germany, the USA, France, and Australia.