Caught on camera – the birth of rock ’n’ roll in Yorkshire
As reported in last week’s Yorkshire Post magazine, the pictures are remarkable for the fact that they were taken by a teenager, Paul Berriff, who went on to have a successful career in film-making after he trained as a Press photographer in Leeds.
Taken in 1963 and 1964, right at the start of his career, the 850 pictures remained negatives for the next 50 years until they were found again in a box in his attic.
The collection contains images of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Sandie Shaw, Gene Pitney, The Kinks and Pink Floyd, to name a few. Berriff took the photos backstage at venues including Leeds Odeon, the ABC in Huddersfield and the Gaumont in Bradford and in Doncaster.
Robin Silver, of Salts Mill, says: “This exhibition not only chronicles the birth of some of the greatest names in rock and pop history but also gives an insight into social history and the fashions of the day.”
The free Rock Legends exhibition is on from Friday until January 12. Further details at www.saltsmill.org.uk
See Friday’s Yorkshire Post for a Rock Legends supplement featuring many of the photographs.