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The Vintage Guide To London | February 18, 2018

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New exhibition: The Birth of Rhythm and Blues

New exhibition: The Birth of Rhythm and Blues

Celebrating the unique musical heritage of Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, new exhibition The Birth of Rhythm and Blues brings together photographs, accounts and memorabilia of the musicians and club-goers, from the vitality of the late Fifties Jazz era, to the explosive energy of the R & B and Rock ‘n’ Roll packed Sixties.

The exhibition traces the story of how ‘Eelpiland’ came into being, the history of the hotel and the dance hall, and the political and social significance of Arthur Chisnall’s music club for young people.

With photographs featuring Cyril Davies, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Rod Stewart, The Artwoods amongst many other musicians, the exhibition includes the first known colour images of the Island recently discovered in the archive of photographer and jazz musician Mike Peters. Video work showing includes the historic 9 minute ‘Look at Life’ video about Eel Pie Island, along with an extract of the project’s own documentary film.

Many of the exhibits have never been shown in public to date, with many former musicians and club-goers coming forward with memorabilia from ‘Eelpiland Passports’ and gig listing cards to articles and photographs.

The Birth of Rhythm and Blues
1 August – 29 September 2013
Exhibition venue and how to get there

opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 1pm to 5.30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5.30pm