Exhibition celebrates rock and roll icons

The new Rock & Roll Icon exhibition in North shields containing images taken by Gered Mankowitz and his work of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.
The new Rock & Roll Icon exhibition in North shields containing images taken by Gered Mankowitz and his work of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.

Iconic images of Jimi Hendrix and other music legends are going on display in North Tyneside.

The images, taken by world-renowned photographer Gered Mankowitz in the 1960s, are being displayed at 26 Northumberland Square, North Shields, a Georgian townhouse which has been converted into a gallery space for the exhibition entitled Rock and Roll Icon.

The exhibition has been described as a homecoming for the American musician, who had strong ties to the region thanks to Newcastle-born manager and Animals bassist Chas Chandler.

There will be around 150 photographs on display when the gallery opens on Thursday, August 8, with other rock icons including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Suzi Quatro, Kate Bush, Slade and many more.

Curator Anne King said: “The north east has such a rich musical heritage but nobody seems to have embraced it to the degree it should have when you look at the local heroes to have come from here.

“This exhibition covers a myriad of work by Gered, who has been doing this for a long time.

“Really, it’s a 50-year retrospective of Gered’s work.”

The exhibition will be open for a year with monthly “An Evening With...” events planned, where leading band members and managers will visit the gallery to offer an insight into the music industry.

Organisers of the exhibition, which is running in association with Marshall Amplification and Showman Ltd, also have their sights set on bringing the music venue Club A’gogo back to the region.

Club A’gogo was a rock and roll hot spot in the early 1960s that attracted acts that went on to become some of the biggest names in the business, including Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and even Jimi Hendrix himself.

Anne is now working with a team of music industry experts to plan its comeback.

She said: “The exhibition will run for 12 months leading up to the opening of the Club A’gogo.

“It will be an exact facsimile of Club A’gogo and we have already got some of the original groups who played saying they will appear.”

For now, however, the details of the opening are being kept firmly under wraps but Anna can confirm the club will be based somewhere in Newcastle. For more information about the exhibition and Gered Mankowitz visit www.rockandrollicon.com