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Redferns Gallery - London

The following report and photos of the goings on at Redferns Gallery, kindly supplied by MadcapSyd

Arriving at Latimer Road tube station at around 12:35pm my girlfriend and I had a 5 minute walk along Bramley Road. In the distance we could see a red canopy above a window and, recalling the picture I had seen, realised that this was our journey's deliverance. But first we had to negotiate a piece of surrealism that surely would have made the focus of this site chuckle. Upon reaching the gallery we discovered the door locked and seemingly no-one around. Anne suddenly spotted a small notice stating that the gallery entarnce was 2 doors along..so with a sigh of relief we made our way past the newspaper shop and rang the bell,stopping only to admire the large photo from Mick Rock's "The Madcap Laughs" sessions in the Gallery's front window.

 

 

 Upon entering we were greeted by a friendly young lady named Naomi,who made us feel very welcome. I asked if it was ok to take a few photos and was asked not to take any full-on close-ups. I happily obliged and took a few snaps of the various exhibits. Seeing the familiar pictures from Psychedelic Renegades and other publications blown up was a sight to behold.

 

 

 

 

Readers who know me as Madcapsyd on the Forum will not be surprised to learn that my favourite was the 3 feet widescreen version of the photo that I use as my avatar. There were others including a pensive Roger Barrett at the piano in Abbey Road studio, and a few from the ill-fated North American tour of 1967. The "sugar cube" snap looked especially good in large size format. Another surprise was a Vic Singh-signed alternative shot of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn album cover. Various colour and black-and-white photos of Floyd's various line-ups completed the show. I was told that there were other pics on the stairwell and was delighted to discover 3 colour photos of another of my musical heroes, Nick Drake, adorning the wall alongside John & Yoko, Rod Stewart and, almost bizarrely, Siouxie Sioux!! The visit was well worth the effort, although I have to admit that the prices of the limited-edition prints were out of my reach at present. Naomi informed us that later in the year (July?) there is an exhibition featuring the "beatnik poets" such as Ginsberg and Kerouac and then in September is an exhibition of Mick Rock's work. I shall be making a date for that one.

 Special thanks to our favourite comedian/Astral Piper Forum Memeber - MadcapSyd, for his wonderful photo-journalism of this event.
 



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