This autumn, London’s Carnaby Street celebrates 10 decades of musical history. Carnaby Echoes pinpoints the street’s musical heritage with a series of plaques by artist Lucy Harrison and an exhibition on Foubert’s Place, running from 5 September to 20 October. It shows the thoroughfare’s integral role in movements including jazz, mod and punk – and here are some of the great images on display.
The Sex Pistols pictured on Carnaby Street in 1976, terrifying old ladies in caffs with Olympic-standard gurning.
Small Faces discovered the street’s unparalleled flair for sharp mod clobber, including boxy jackets fashioned out of multicoloured binliners.
What’s new, er, pussycat? Tom Jones swaggers down the street with a cheetah and actress Christine Spooner to mark the opening of Top Cat boutique.
Keeping the mod flame alive, an impossibly baby-faced Paul Weller and The Jam check out a Who poster in 1977.
Amy Winehouse combines decks and guitar in a manner not seen since the imperial phase of Lo-Fidelity Allstars.
Doing the hand jive down The Cat’s Whisker, a coffee bar down the street in those beatnik, jazz-cat, poloneck-sporting, daddio days.
A punk nattily coordinating with the railings outside the Batcave club night at Foubert’s.
At the Batcave again, a haven for punks and the dawning goth and new romantic scenes. And ferrets. Or rats. Can’t quite see.
Small Faces have a rethink about those bin bags.
Carnaby Echoes exhibition is at 20 Foubert’s Place, London W1 from 5 September to 20 October 2013. Free entry and free headphones for each visitor. Download the free app via carnabyechoes.com, the App Store or Google Play for Android phones from 2 September.