BIG pic­ture

Ex­hi­bi­tion com­mem­o­rates sem­i­nal al­bum’s golden ju­bilee

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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.

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