Local bands feature in Rolling Stones exhibition

Pictures of local bands and musicians at the Portsmouth Guildhall exhibition

Pictures of local bands and musicians at the Portsmouth Guildhall exhibition

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How many of you have been to Portsmouth Guildhall to catch the photographic exhibition of the Rolling Stones in their heyday?

It’s well worth viewing, but just as fascinating are the many photographs and posters to do with local bands, theatres and clubs from the 1950s to 1970.

The exhibition has been organised by three well-known people from the city who have all done their bit for our entertainment scene.

Dave Allen has played with many bands and is also a writer and broadcaster. Mick Cooper is a pro and semi-pro musician and has played in many bands in the city and in London.

And Nigel Grundy was the man who took photographs of so many musicians who visited the city. He even made his own press card so he could get into venues and blag his way to the front of the stage to take his photographs.

One aspect which really caught my attention were the contracts for stars who appeared in the city, such as David Bowie who came to South Parade Pier in 1972 for £450.

The organisers would also like to see your treasures such as your gig tickets and posters, especially if they are from the 1970s and into the 1980s, plus any other memorabilia.

The exhibition is open every day, costs £3 and will bring back many memories for ’60s teenagers.

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