Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rockarchive Slightly Delayed

The truck carrying our Rockarchive exhibition finally made it to Beijing last night but we couldn't access its precious cargo till this morning. So it didn't actually get delivered to the gallery until 1pm, giving us six hours to install it ahead of the rescheduled opening party. 
But no time to worry about that, as photographer Jill Furmanovsky gave a talk to a large, young and mainly female audience upstairs. Her first assignment was photographing Yes at The Rainbow in 1972, aged 18, and since then she's shot just about everyone. All very nostalgic for me and new for the audience, whose questions afterwards were passionate & plentiful.
By the time we came down to the gallery the exhibition was hung, lit and captioned - amazing! And in the end the opening was well-attended and good fun. I'd recorded a 5-hour compilation of five decades of Brit rock which on shuffle made for an interesting evening where The Beatles followed Bomb The Bass followed Blur followed Bowie. But what really made the evening special was Liz and the girls being there, the latter sitting cross-legged on the floor as Jill and I delivered our speeches. Naomi was particularly happy that the Pet Shop Boys were in. 

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