An image from a Van Morrison album cover steals the show at a fine exhibition of rock art photography I visited in Piccadilly, London last week.
The photograph is from the shoot for Van Morrison’s first LP, Them (Decca, 1965), which had memorable tracks like Gloria and Bright Lights, Big City.
Eagle-eyed readers will have realised that the photo is not quite the image used for the album cover, but you have to look closely to tell the difference.
The Beat Goes On
The exhibition, The Beat Goes On: Classic Images from the 1960s by David Wedgbury, also features photographs of Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Small Faces, The Who, David Bowie and Marianne Faithfull, among others.
It evokes the essence of rockpop at a particularly creative time and place – early- to mid-1960s England – with photographs from album shoots and lesser-known news/documentary images.
So who’s David Wedgbury?
I hadn’t heard of him either, though many of his images are very familiar from 1960s album covers.
Who could forget his “Beano” cover from the classic John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers LP?
The Beat Goes On runs at Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1 until 23 July. It’s recommended, but you need to hurry – it closes next Wednesday.
The images on display are available to buy, in limited editions.