Rock photographer Gered Mankowitz visited North Shields last week for the official opening of a new exhibition showcasing his iconic images of Jimi Hendrix and other music legends.
Gered, who is celebrating 50 years in the business, attended the opening night of Rock and Roll Icon at 26 Northumberland Square last Thursday.
The 67-year-old signed copies of his books and delighted visitors with his stories behind the photographs, which include the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Suzi Quatro, Kate Bush, Slade and many more.
Gered was only 18-years-old in 1965 when he got his first big break as a portrait photographer when in his first session with the Rolling Stones he took the cover shot which was used on the band’s Out of Our Heads album.
Gered, who was born in London, said: “I hope the exhibition will make people aware of the value and importance of music imagery as a genre of photography.
“It is great that North Shields is getting a taste of it and I am delighted it is my work they are seeing.
“Music is an important part of north east culture.
“There are so many great musicians that come from this part of the world.”
All the photos are on sale and the exhibition is expected to run until next August.
Curator Anne King said: “We were overwhelmed with the response to our opening night.
“The support both locally and globally has been amazing with letters of support from people, including Pete Townsend, Cathy Ettingham and David Coverdale.”