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Charting changing styles of pop world

Pop stars from the 1950s to the present day will feature in a new North-East exhibition.

Pop stars from the 1950s to the present day will feature in a new North-East exhibition.

The display at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will include 70 photographs of British pop stars by leading photographers and will chart the changing styles and image of music stardom.

The exhibition will also include pop and rock music memorabilia from the North-East through the decades.

Items on display reflect artists who have played in the region from the 1960s to 2007, such as concert programmes from The Beatles to the Backstreet Boys, and gig tickets for Jethro Tull playing at Sunderland Top Rank Suite in 1972, Duran Duran at City Hall, Newcastle, in 1982 and the Stereophonics at Metro Radio Arena in 2003.

Geoff Docherty, who worked as a music promoter in the region, particularly in the 1970s, has loaned several items, including a contract for The Faces to play at The Bay Hotel, Sunderland, the autographs of The Who when they played at the hotel, plus a rare, early T-Rex poster when the band were known as Tyrannosaurus Rex.

To reflect current local bands, the museum will display a Futureheads drum skin signed by the band, and a signed NME magazine front page featuring the group.

There will be a signed drum skin by the Bubble Project, of Sunderland, named by NME as the best up and coming band.

Maximo Park memorabilia, plus a new photograph of the band specially taken for the exhibition by Newcastle-based photographer Chris Owen, will be on show for the first time.

A signed T-shirt by the Pet Shop Boys from their latest concert at The Sage, Gateshead - acquired by Tyne and Wear Museums last month - will also be part of the exhibition. The wide range of artists included starts in the 1950s with Lonnie Donnegan and Cliff Richard and comes up to date with Amy Winehouse, Girls Aloud and Franz Ferdinand - via The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Pet Shop Boys and the Spice Girls.

A special addition to the exhibition is a juke box which will showcase upcoming bands from Sunderland's current music scene.

A wide-ranging programme of events and activities has been organised to accompany the exhibition that opens on June 29 and runs until August 27 and is being run in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Activities will include the chance on August 8 and 15 for people to write, perform and record their own songs with musicians from The Sage, Gateshead.

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