Glory years of British rock showcased in Hartlepool exhibition

The Who by Harry Goodwin

The Who by Harry Goodwin

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A unique collection of photographs of chart-topping acts is going on display in Hartlepool.

My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock is made up of pictures taken by Harry Goodwin, a resident photographer on TV show Top of the Pops.

Elton John by Harry Goodwin

Elton John by Harry Goodwin

The exhibition is at Hartlepool Gallery, in Church Square, from Saturday, September 5 to Saturday, November 14.

The images were captured between 1964 and 1973 and include every chart-topping rock musician of the era, both on stage and behind the scenes.

The pictures include Jimi Hendrix playing guitar and Beatles legend Paul McCartney making a cup of tea.

In many cases the original footage was lost and these photographs are all that remains of performances by artists including Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and The Beach Boys.

There was a 12-week pilot of a series called Top of the Pops in 1964, and they needed someone to photograph the bands.

Harry Goodwin

The display of over 60 prints and 200 images from the BBC’s archive forms a unique record of the period and is available for the public to see for the very first time.

The touring exhibition has been organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London.

Born in Manchester in 1924, Harry Goodwin started his working life in his father’s bookmaking business and his photographic talents were first put to use by the RAF during the Second World War.

In the 1950s, he made photography his full time job, working on the beauty pageant and boxing circuits and getting his first front cover in the Daily Mirror.

Stevie Wonder by Harry Goodwin

Stevie Wonder by Harry Goodwin

In the early 60s he started work as a scene shifter for the BBC in Manchester.

He said: “I used to get the odd photo I could sell to the Radio Times. There was a 12-week pilot of a series called Top of the Pops in 1964, and they needed someone to photograph the bands.”

Harry’s flair for the job was soon evident, and over the next 10 years he would photograph some of the most famous and successful stars in the music industry.

Complementing the images in the exhibition will be an array of clothing and objects from the collections of the Museum of Hartlepool and Preston Park Museum.

The Jackson 5 by Harry Goodwin

The Jackson 5 by Harry Goodwin

Hartlepool Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.