My Generation: The Glory Years Of British Rock

The Lowry

18 May – 15 September 2013

Top Of The Pops was launched by the BBC on New Year's Day in 1964, and went on to become the longest running TV show in British history. On that night The Rolling Stones were the opening band, the photographer was Harry Goodwin. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s the show featured a host of singers and stars and set many previously unknown bands on the road to fame. This exhibition brings together 200 of Harry Goodwin's most striking and memorable photographs from this time and features Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, The Jackson Five and The Supremes.

These images capture the mood and style of the era and the impact of its musical stars. They celebrate those who are still actively part of the contemporary music scene and those who are remembered with veneration and affection. As the shows resident photographer from 1964 to 1973, Harry Goodwin's unique collection of photographs remembers them all. In many cases, where the original footage has been lost, his photographs are the only surviving records of these classic performances.

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Sun – Fri, 11am – 5pm
Sat, 10am – 5pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)