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Swinging September as rare photographs recall the Sixties and Seventies

Residents and visitors to the Royal Borough can re-live the swinging Sixties and Seventies during September when the curtain goes up on an exhibition of rarely seen photographs that capture the essence of the age.

Randolph's Rock Icons features photographs from the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus of 1968 and other 1960s and 1970s images - including some of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Who and Led Zeppelin, all taken by acclaimed Windsor-based photographer Michael Randolph.

Staged by the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum at Windsor Library from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 29 September, the exhibition is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and includes photographs of the stars on stage as well as fascinating glimpses behind the scenes. There will also be the opportunity to buy prints, posters, and books.

For former Mods and Rockers who can remember the famous, ground-breaking Ricky Tick music club in Windsor in the Sixties, there's a Ricky Tick Retrospective evening to look forward to on Thursday 26 September.

Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: "Michael Randolph has captured the mood of two decades when music went through a metamorphosis and changed the listening habits of a generation.

"We are very grateful to him for allowing us to give borough residents and visitors a rare glimpse into his world at that time. I am certainly looking forward to seeing some of my music heroes as he saw them through the camera lens."

Michael Randolph was born in Windsor in 1947 and trained as a portrait photographer. He spent time in London as well as the 'in' coffee bars and pubs in Windsor, particularly the Coffee Cantata and the Star and Garter. Amongst his friends and acquaintances were rising young rock stars of the time like the Beatles, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Bee Gees and Marsha Hunt, all later the subject of his photographs. He was also the stills photographer for Performance and Clockwork Orange as well as the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

The exhibition is free and open during normal library times: Monday 9.30am to 5pm; Tuesday 9.30am to 7pm; Wednesday 1 to 5pm; Thursday 9.30am to 5pm; Friday 9.30am to 7pm; Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 2pm.

Linking to Randolph's Rock Icons, on Saturday 28 September at the museum in the Guildhall there will be a Swinging Sixties family activity day from 11.30am to 3.30pm. The usual museum entry fee applies.

Looking forward to the Ricky Tick Retrospective the call has gone out to local people for their memories, photos, film or other mementoes of this influential rhythm and blues club. Anyone wishing to share their memories or memorabilia of the club itself or of the 'scene' in Windsor and Maidenhead in the sixties and seventies should email arts@rbwm.gov.uk. All material will be returned safely afterwards.

The Ricky Tick Retrospective is an exclusive, adults-only event from 7 to 10pm. Limited tickets are available at £4 with an Advantage card (£5 without) and a bar will be available. To book call 01753 743940 or email windsor.library@rbwm.gov.uk

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Published: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:40:37
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