Exhibition commemorates seminal album’s golden jubilee
Fifty years ago, an album was released that would prove to be a turning point for the band concerned. An ode to an England of old – one steeped in nostalgia and tradition – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society was a concept album that only sold around 100,000 copies worldwide on its initial release, despite positive reviews. However, as time passed, it developed something of a cult following – one
that still continues today. The album’s original artwork featured photography by Barrie Wentzell – a Durham-born photojournalist who shot the likes of The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan. He photographed The Kinks on Hampstead Heath and in front of Kenwood House.
Wentzell’s photography features in an exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the album’s release at Proud Central, London, WC2, until 18 November. See www.proudonline.co.uk.