ROCKIN’ (THE ROCKABILLY SCENE)
AN EXHIBITION OF IMAGES BY ANDREW SHAYLOR
Monday 11 April – Sunday 15 May 2011
Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 11.00pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
For enthusiasts, rockabilly isn’t just a kind of music, it’s a way of life. A raw fusion of rhythm and blues with country and western, rockabilly heralded the start of the teenage rebellion in America in the early 1950s. The stripped down sound witnessed a revival in the 1970s and has continued until today, with rockabillies embracing not only the music but the clothes, cars and lifestyle of 1950s youth counterculture.
Rockin’ is photographer Andrew Shaylor’s unique portrayal and subsequent book of the contemporary rockabilly scene. Shaylor captures the raw energy of the music and the commitment of the rockabilly community to authenticity.
National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
Information: 020 7452 3400 / www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/exhibitions
Nearest tube: Waterloo
This unique portrayal of the contemporary rockabilly scene captures the raw energy of the music, and the passion and intensity of a movement that is as exciting today as it was when it began more than fifty years ago.
The Rockabilly Scene
By Andrew Shaylor
Foreword by Jerry Chatabox
Published by Merrell
Publication date 12th April 2011
250 colour illustrations,
In ROCKIN’, photographer Andrew Shaylor takes a behind-the-scenes look at rockabilly today. Granted exclusive access to events on both sides of the Atlantic, Shaylor’s astonishingly atmospheric images evoke another era and reveal the rockabilly community’s remarkable commitment to authenticity and attention to detail. From the hairstyles, ‘swing’ dresses and turned-up jeans that characterize the ‘look’, to voluptuous 1950s Cadillacs and Chevrolets and old valve guitar amps, Shaylor discovers a scene that has scarcely changed in more than fifty years.
Andrew Shaylor’s stunning photographs capture the mood and aspirations of a different age, and yet reveal how those hopes and dreams can apply just as much today. As well as being wonderfully nostalgic, the photographs convey the rockabillies’ love of music and reveal their energetic – bordering on frenzied – dancing.
This fascinating book includes an engaging account of Shaylor’s experiences on a road trip to the southern states of America, home of rockabilly icons Hank Williams and Carl Perkins, as well as a chapter on the rockabilly scene today. It also features a history of the rockabilly subculture by Jerry Chatabox, legend of the contemporary rockabilly movement and organiser of the annual Rockabilly Rave, making it essential reading for anyone interested in the thriving rockabilly scene.
Andrew Shaylor is a photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines. His book Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was published by Merrell in 2004.
WE HAVE A COPY OF THE BOOK TO GIVEAWAY SIMPLY EMAIL COMPS@THERANSOMNOTE.CO.UK W/ “ROCKABILLY… STILL BEATIN’ STRONG” IN THE SUBJECT TITLE. CLOSING DATE NEXT THURSDAY 31ST MARCH.