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Pink Floyd in new Eel Pie Island exhibition Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 02 August 2013

Eel Pie IslandJust opened yesterday is The Birth of Rhythm and Blues, an exhibition at the Stables Gallery in Twickenham, south-west of London, England, celebrating the fantastic musical heritage of Eel Pie Island. It features rock giants like The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Pink Floyd via photographs, artwork, music and other memorabilia from the Island's heyday.

Curated by Michelle Whitby, a long-term resident of the island and author of the book 'Eel Pie Island', along with Twickenham's contemporary Eel Pie Club and local arts and education charity Aurora Metro, it runs until September 29th, 2013. It brings together physical remnants of the times along with accounts of the musicians and club-goers, from the vitality of the late 50s Jazz era, to the explosive energy of the R & B and Rock 'n' Roll packed 60s. The exhibition traces the story of how 'Eelpiland' came into being, the history of the hotel and the dance hall, and the political and social significance of Arthur Chisnall's music club for young people.

Many of the exhibits have never been shown in public to date, with many former musicians and club-goers coming forward with memorabilia from 'Eelpiland Passports' and gig listing cards to articles and photographs. As yet, we don't know the extent of the Pink Floyd materials on show but hope to discover this soon. It is free entry, and open from Tuesday to Saturday between 1pm to 5.30pm, and on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 2pm to 5.30pm. More information and directions to the venue here. Our thanks to Jason Pyke for the info.

 
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