Carnaby Echoes

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David Parry / PA Wire

Ten models dressed to depict ten different decades of Carnaby Street fashion.

 (© TopFoto / Ken Russell)
© TopFoto / Ken Russell

The Cat's Whisker, off Carnaby Street, saw the invention of the 'hand jive' in the 1950s. The filmmaker Ken Russell, who took this picture in early 1956, explained: 'everyone [was] jiving with their hands because there was precious little room to do it with their feet'.

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© Mirrorpix

Tom Jones, the actress Christine Spooner and a friend in Carnaby Street in the ’60s.

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© Pictorial Press / Alamy

The Small Faces shopping in Carnaby Street in April 1966.

 (© John Pratt /Keystone Features / Getty Images)
© John Pratt /Keystone Features / Getty Images

24th January 1967: Pop singer Cat Stevens (born Stephen Georgiou, later Yusuf Islam) leaps a bollard on Carnaby Street.

 (© Ray Stevenson / Rex Features)
© Ray Stevenson / Rex Features

The Sex Pistols - Glen Matlock, Steve Jones, Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook – on Carnaby Street in 1976.

 (© Ray Stevenson / Rex Features)
© Ray Stevenson / Rex Features

The Jam - Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler – on Carnaby Street in 1977.

 (© Derek Ridgers)
© Derek Ridgers

Pioneering goth club The Batcave, 1982.

 (© Mr Hartnett / PYMCA)
© Mr Hartnett / PYMCA

Tina from Ealing at the Batcave, off Carnaby Street, in 1984.

 (© Alexandra Eavis)
© Alexandra Eavis

Amy Winehouse in Deal Real Records, 2004.

Carnaby Street is celebrating 100 years of music with Carnaby Echoes – a free exhibition commissioned from London based artist, Lucy Harrison. Although heavily associated with the Swinging Sixties, Harrison's project will reveal the hidden musical history of other decades, through a series of films and interviews, beginning with the opening of jazz club Murray's in 1913 and taking us up to the present day via reggae, rhythm and blues and rock . A series of plaques on noteworthy buildings will be unveiled, which will support the walking tour app developed to allow the wanderer to walk in the footsteps of music pioneers. There are free Carnaby branded headphones for each visitor –  hurry though, once they're gone, they're gone


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Certainly worth a visit. Present day music should include trendy sounds like some of London's steel drum bands or Bossa Nova ensembles to complement the extraordinary warm weather in London.

I am looking forward to this event as I work in the area, am planing to spend almost every lunchtime exploring the different events and exhibitions on offer. I might even inspire colleagues from work to join me in this lunchtime venture. Thank you for this celebration