A new exhibition marks the release of a documentary about the Swinging Sixties in London as seen through the eyes of Sir Michael Caine. The film, My Generation —presented and produced by the actor, 84, and directed by David Batty — is out next week. The exhibition, curated by Zelda Cheatle, has opened in Carnaby Street and has photographs, prints and previously unseen archive footage from the era.
The exhibition, curated by Zelda Cheatle, has opened in Carnaby Street and has photographs, prints and previously unseen archive footage from the era.
Contributors to the documentary who feature in the show include Roger Daltrey, Vidal Sassoon, Jean Shrimpton, Lulu, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Mary Quant.
From The Beatles to The Pogues, Oasis and The Smiths, musicians of Irish descent played a key role in UK scene, writes Johnny Rogan.
British pop music has been celebrated around the world for decades and rightly so. Rather less attention has been paid to an almost invisible strain of Irishness manifested in the work and characters of several of its leading proponents. A number of these icons, particularly those born of postwar Irish parentage, shared certain characteristics. They were often angry, awkward, polemic personalities whose music or lyrics challenged and subverted. Ironically, many were considered English to the core, but scratch deeper and a different picture emerges. Tracing their stories takes you spiralling through four decades from Merseybeat through psychedelia, punk, Britpop and beyond.
Lennon & McCartney
Back in the early ’60s, Liverpool was the centre of the pop universe. Many of the city’s beat groups boasted members of Irish descent, including the biggest of them all: The Beatles […]