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Bill's ready to rock exhibition with star snaps.

Byline: Marion McMullen

ICONIC rock images caught in the lens of celebrated Warwickshire photographer Bill Zygmant are to be featured in a major London exhibition.

Sex, Drugstores And Rock & Roll: A History Of The Kings Road opens at the Proud Chelsea gallery on Thursday.

The exhibition celebrates three decades of one of the most famous and infamous streets in the world.

Chelsea became a hubbub of creative activity in the swinging 60s and was home to a cluster of unique boutiques and hippy shops frequented by the models and stars of the era including Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton and Julie Christ ie.

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood's SEX shop brought the area back into the spotlight in the 70s and led to the establishment of the birth of the British punk movement.

Rugby-based photographer Bill Zygmant's striking black and white images of Beatles stars John Lennon and George Harrison are among those featured in the exhibition.

It also showcases work from top names such as Philip Townsend, Terry O'Neill, Colin Jones, Harold Chapman, Janette Beckman and William English among others. Former Fleet Street photographer Bill took the photos featured in the London exhibition on May 22, 1968, outside Apple Tailoring on the Kings Road.

The building was owned by the Beatles at the time and is now the site of the Proud Chelsea gallery where the new exhibition is being held.

Bill snapped many of the famous names of the 60s and took photos of the BeeGees, Jimi Hendrix and Marc Bolan as well as the Beatles.

He broke attendance records when he exhibited his photographs at Rugby's Floor One gallery last year and he went on to show his work at Gallery150 in Leamington. The London exhibition runs until May 8. Go to www.proud.co.uk for further details.

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STRIKE A POSE: John Lennon outside Apple Tailoring ON SHOW: John Lennon, Amanda Lear, and George Harrison at the Arethusa Restaurant celebrating the opening of the Apple Tailoring Shop LIFE THROUGH A LENS: Star snapper Bill Zygmant
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Date:Mar 19, 2011
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