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V&A Revolution series

Talk the Revolution with the V&A November 23 - December 1

A series of talks and book signings with key figures from 1960s counterculture curated by the V&A in celebration of their landmark exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970


Stealing Dylan from Woodstock and The Last Great Event with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison with Ray Foulk, founder of the Isle of Wight Festival

Thursday December 1, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
V&A Revolutions residence, 56a Carnaby Street

Founder of the Isle of Wight Music Festival talks about his books, Stealing Dylan from Woodstock: When the World Came to the Isle of Wight and The Last Great Event with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.

The Isle of Wight Festival in 1969 famously 'stole Bob Dylan from Woodstock' and was the starting point and benchmark for all rock and pop festivals in the UK. What followed in 1970 was one of the world's greatest music gatherings of all time, attracting musicians and fans from across the whole musical spectrum. The list of performers is a Who's Who of the then music elite, who are now legends: Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, the Who, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Procul Harum, the Doors, Leonard Cohen, the Moody Blues, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Kris Kristofferson, Donovan, Melanie, Jethro Tull - the list goes on. This was Britain's 'Woodstock' and all on a tiny island off the south coast. It would also be Hendrix's last major performance - 17 days later he was dead.

Tickets available here

Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab
Author Mary Finnigan in conversation with V&A curator Geoffrey Marsh

Wednesday November 23, 6:30-7:30pm
V&A Revolutions residence, 56a Carnaby Street

Join curator Geoffrey Marsh for a lively discussion with author Mary Finnigan, as she discusses her book Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab.

Mary Finnigan discusses her relationship with David Bowie, both personal and professional, in his early days as a struggling songwriter and performer.  Millions of words have been written about Bowie's life, but his early days have been shrouded in hearsay. Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab tells the full story of his pivotal year in Beckenham, by his friend, lover and landlady.

Information about Geoffrey Marsh: Geoffrey Marsh is the co-curator of the V&A’s latest exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 which explores the revolutions of the late 1960s which defined the decade and the world we live in today.

We invite members and a guest to join us for the first talk of the series including a free drink each.  


Terry O'Neill: Every Picture Tells a Story
Sex, Sense and Nonsense: Felicity Green on the 60's Fashion Scene

Thursday November 24, 6:30-7:30pm
V&A Revolutions residence, 56a Carnaby Street

Legendary photographer Terry O’Neill and fashion journalist Felicity Green OBE talk about music, fashion and celebrity in 1960s London

Terry O'Neill reveals the stories behind his most iconic images. From The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, Terry O'Neill became THE photographer of the 1960s. The list of people Terry O'Neill has worked with over the past 60 years is a Who's Who in celebrity; from film to music, sports to politics. His book, Terry O'Neill: Every Picture Tells a Story is like going through a walking tour of memory by a man who has seen, met and photographed them all.

Felicity Green brought a new, original voice and look to the fashion pages of the '60s' Daily Mirror. For the first time in newspaper’s history she created fashion pages, these award-winning pages broke the fashion mould and captured the stellar time when London fashion conquered the world.

Under Felicity Green's by-line comes stories of the stars of the '60s: Mary Quant, Barbara Hulanicki, Vidal Sassoon, Twiggy, and a sparkling foreword by Barbara Hulanicki, founder of Biba. Sex Sense and Nonsense is an amusing, revealing look at the '60s as you've never seen them before.



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