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IT has got some of the biggest names from our musical past.

And a new exhibition exploring the North East's popular music scene is getting ready to rock.

Newcastle's Discovery museum was awarded pounds 47,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in November 2008 to put together the exhibition, which documents the region's musical history from the 1940s to the present day.

So far, dedicated followers of local music have donated collections of tickets, posters and photographs dating back to the 60s.

But staff are still appealing for more musical memorabilia.

Keeper of history at the museum Kylea Little said: "The exhibition is about the local music scene in Tyne and Wear, and the changes it has undergone over time.

"It will also look at how different technology - from the gramophone to the ipod - has changed the way people listen to music.

"We are looking to capture this change."

The exhibition will feature photos, posters, tickets, costumes, programmes and original album artwork.

It is also set to include a neon sign from groundbreaking TV show The Tube, filmed in Newcastle. The museum bought the sign last year at auction.

North East legends of rock'n'roll have been keen to get involved with the project.

Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics, Ray Laidlaw of 70s folk-rockers Lindisfarne, and Whitley Bay heavy metal band the Tigers of Pan Tang have all offered to donate memorabilia from their heyday.

Promoter Geoff Docherty, who brought big-name bands such as Free, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to the North East in the late 60s and early 70s, has loaned the museum a collection of posters and photos from his days in the heart of the music scene.

Two gold discs will also be on view - The Animals' House of the Rising Sun and the Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls.

Modern music fans will be treated to original demos from The Futureheads and Maximo Park, as well as a demo tape with hand-drawn covers from Sunderland punk band Kenickie - whose lead singer Lauren Laverne shot to fame as a TV presenter.

But the exhibition aims to showcase up-and-coming talent as well as those who made it big. Local bands and musicians have been submitting their music on the museum's Myspace page, and staff hope to make this available as part of the project.

The museum team are also working with City Hall to capture the oral histories of staff who saw bands play at the venue.

Anyone who wishes to donate or lend items for the exhibition, which will run from May to November, should contact Kylea on (0191) 232 6789.


1. PINK Floyd, The Wall, sold 23m.

2. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, sold 22m.

3. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, sold 19m.

4. Boston, Boston, sold 17m.

5. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track, sold 15m.

6. The Eagles, Hotel California, sold 15m.

7. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti, sold 15m.

8. Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon, sold 15m.

9. Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell, sold 14m.

10. Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy, sold 11m.


ICONIC: Janette Murphy from the Discovery Museum with the Tyne Tees Television Tube sign PICTURES: IAIN BUIST ref: 01399875; A FIRST: A disc by The Animals, then Kon Tors; GOLD: Kylea Little with Pet Shop Boys' disc; STARTS: For Kenickie and Maximo Park; SHOWSTOPPER: Janette with a scarf from The Police gig at Gateshead
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2009
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