On September 15th 1963, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones performed at one of the most momentous concerts in pop history at the Royal Albert Hall, the first of only two occasions when they appeared on the same bill.
2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Great Pop Prom’ which will be celebrated in a special exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the venue’s free reflect series from Saturday 21 September- Tuesday 22 October.
This new exhibition will feature never-before-seen photographs of the concert, offering fresh insights into the two biggest bands of all time as well as highlighting the dedication and enthusiasm of their legion of fans. Now, nearly exactly 50 years on, fans old and new will be able to revisit this concert through this series of unseen images from one of the Royal Albert Hall’s most legendary concerts.
Presented in conjunction with mirrorpix, Getty Images and artist John Pasche, who famously designed The Rolling Stones’ trademark ‘Tongue and Lip Design’ logo in 1971, the exhibition displays rare contemporary prints of both bands as well as original Pasche posters and artwork from his personal collection of the work he did for The Rolling Stones.
John Pasche said, “My first contact with The Rolling Stones was during my final year at the Royal College of Art in 1970. Mick Jagger commissioned me to produce a poster for their 1970 European Tour. In the following year he asked me to design a logo for the band. I went on to design posters for their following three tours and work on the 'Sticky Fingers' and 'Goats Head Soup' album projects. It seems appropriate and a great pleasure to now exhibit some of that work at the neighbouring building to the RCA, the Royal Albert Hall”
This exhibition is part of the Royal Albert Hall’s More At The Hall series which presents a diverse range of free and excellent value events outside of the main auditorium including comedy, jazz, classical and world music as well as exhibitions, tours and family events. The Hall has just announced its Autumn 2013 season which also includes events as part of Bluesfest the EFG London Jazz Festival. The venue looks to provide memorable visitor experiences for all and, as a charity, these own-promoted events form a part of its extensive public benefit remit.
The exhibition is free and runs from Saturday 21 September– Tuesday 22 October around the ground floor corridor of the Royal Albert Hall. It can be viewed when attending performances at the Hall or during these free open days:
Sunday 22 September 10am – 4pm
Saturday 28 September 10am – 4pm
Saturday 5 October 10am – 4pm
Saturday 19 October 10am- 4pm