Kingston RPM: Records, People & Music, a new project from Creative Youth, is a homage to Kingston’s rich and varied musical heritage between the 40s and 70s. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Royal Borough of Kingston, we want to tell Kingston’s story. How the likes of David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Cream performed gigs here. How the American Army, who were based locally in Bushy Park, made a massive contribution to the progressive music scene, regularly holding dances, marching their band over the Bridge and bringing along with them, new jazz records previously unheard of this side of the Atlantic.
We are on the lookout for any memorabilia, photographs or stories relating to Kingston’s musical history between the 40s and 70s; from the army bands that came over in the 40s, to T-shirts, ticket stubs, programmes and badges from gigs in Kingston in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
You can get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, through our social media channels using #kingstonrpm on @_CreativeYouth (Twitter) or https://www.facebook.com/CreativeYouth1/ or by calling the Creative Youth office on 020 8549 2120.
Kingston RPM will feature a 12-week exhibition at the Rose Theatre from June and will peak with a record fair and host of live gigs in July, as part of the International Youth Arts Festival.
Cllr Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Arts and Leisure at Kingston Council, said:
“We need your help to capture the rhythm of Kingston between the 40’s and 70’s for an exciting joint music project. Music and memorabilia are incredibly emotive, whether it’s a band t-shirt, a much-loved record, a ticket stub or even a fond memory, it can transport you back to a time or place in an instant. Take part, tell your story and help us create a picture of Kingston’s music history together for all to enjoy this summer.”
So, please, go and check those dusty boxes in the loft, or on top of your wardrobes. Check in with your grandparents, dig into those untouched old record boxes, photo albums or stacks of old magazines & newspapers. Help us tell the story.