In March 2016, visitors to Time and Tide Museum were able to explore a brand new exhibition – Halfway to Paradise. Halfway to Paradise re-lived the excitement and energy of the early years of rock and roll through the exceptional photography of Harry Hammond, the music photographer who documented the emergence of Rock ‘n’ Roll music in post-war Britain. His era-defining images of popular music icons such as Roy Orbison, Ella Fitzgerald, Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey went on show alongside rare memorabilia exploring Great Yarmouth’s thriving music scene of the early 1960s, including posters, programmes and star autographs.
The display was drawn from the V&A’s collection and provided an insight into the change in musical tastes over the two decades following the war. Hammond’s photographs chronicled the jazz and big band musicians of the early 1950s such as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, American Rock ‘n’ Roll stars visiting Britain including Little Richard, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, through to the early breakthroughs of British rock such as the Animals and the Beatles in the 1960s.
The exhibition also explored the fascinating local dimension to this story, documenting Great Yarmouth’s place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll revolution when home-grown talent played alongside top stars of the day at the town’s key venues such as the ABC and Windmill Theatres.
Halfway to Paradise was a nostalgic treat for the ear and eye – and a wonderful opportunity to revisit one of the most exciting eras in popular music. See what’s on at the moment at Time and Tide.
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