Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock

 
 

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Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British RockPhotographs of the musicians who led the way in British Rock in the 1950s and 1960s are displayed in a free exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum's Theatre & Performance Galleries. Halfway to Paradise explores the exceptional work of Harry Hammond, the music photographer who took pictures for the influential music magazine New Musical Express (NME). He documented the emergence of Rock 'n' Roll in post-war Britain capturing images of the most influential musicians from Roy Orbison and Ella Fitzgerald to Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey. The display features more than 60 portraits, behind the scenes insights and performance shots including iconic images of the Beatles from the 1960s.

 

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (or V & A as everyone calls it) was originally founded in 1852 to inspire and educate British designers and manufacturers. Today it houses over 4 million items spanning centuries and hundreds of cultures. The stunning collection covers European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. More about Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

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Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock  Cliff Richard in front of the poster for his first concert as Top of The Bill. Photograph by Harry Hammond  

   
Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock - Cliff Richard in front of the poster for his first concert as Top of The Bill. Photograph by Harry Hammond

Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock Cliff Richard in front of the poster for his first concert as Top of The Bill. Photograph by Harry Hammond 

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