50 Years of British Rock Archives Currently in Beijing this Week.. Check it Out

This one has been a bit under the radar, probably due to the high number of special shows we’ve had in Beijing the last few weeks. Still, plenty of time remains to go and check out this huge archive of British contributions to Rock n Roll from the last year.

Here is an extract from the press kit:


The UK has produced many of the most successful groups and performers in international rock music over the last half-century. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John, Oasis, Coldplay, Adele… the list is endless. Its genres of rock have been equally influential: Beat Music in the 60s; Glam, Progressive Rock, Punk and New Wave in the 70s; New Romantic, Synthpop and Goth in the 80s; Indie and Britpop in the 90s; etc.

Alongside have been the photographers. It has been this small army of creative lensmen and women who have supplied the images that make up the rock package – image being as important as the music in many cases. Whether they be captured on stage, or taken formally in a studio with nothing left to chance, or snapped naturally in an unguarded moment, many of these photographs have become iconic.

The selection here is not supposed to be a comprehensive history of British rock imagery. It is a personal selection and omits many well-known artists. But at the same time I hope it gives a reasonable spread across five decades of talent and creativity, of both the photographers and their subjects.

I don’t know about you folks but I’m gonna make it a point to go check this thing out!!

When: 26 May to 3 June 2012
Venue: Liangdian Design Center (LDDC)
More: http://www.uknow.org.cn/en/events/90.html

looking forward to it.