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The La’s 1987

The Florrie, 377 Mill St, Liverpool L8 4RF

Date: 15th September - 7th October 2017

Liverpool Exhibition & Rarities Album Release

“An exhibition celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the first tour by seminal Liverpool band The La’s.”

In September this year legendary Liverpool record company The Viper Label and RedHouse Originals Gallery will present an exhibition of rare and unseen photographs documenting the first tour by The La’s. The exhibition coincides with the release of ‘The La’s 1987’; a compilation of unreleased studio recordings and live rarities, recorded in Liverpool in 1987.

In 1987, the band were set to record their seminal debut album ‘The La’s’, and embarked on their first tour, launching them into the public limelight. Entirely self-funded and working between the darkroom and live shows, photographer and friend of the band Jake Summerton documented the tour’s incredible success, both on and off stage, developing a considerable archive.

These rare photographs were recently re-discovered - having been being lost and found many times, before eventually turning up at Jake’s son’s house in Wales. Over the course of two years Summerton photographed the band in a multitude of gigs and shoots, with highlights of the exhibition including images from the band’s performance at The Marquee Club, London; the first time the classic ‘There She Goes’ was played to a live audience.

Due to personnel changes within the band's lineup these pictures were never used, and disaster struck when a rainstorm damaged the roof of his darkroom and the majority of the archive was lost. All that remained were the negatives from the fabled 1987 tour, which is what makes these images so special. Guitarist Paul Hemmings said: “Jake Summerton was one of the first people to take photos of The La’s. I remember him being a ball of energy. He knew he was capturing a magical time and had the eye to do it. I’m extremely pleased he is now getting the credit he so rightly deserves.”

In addition to Jake’s photographs, the collection also includes images from the archive of renowned Liverpool photographer Mark McNulty, taken at the Earthbeat festival in Liverpool’s Sefton Park in 1987.

The exhibition also includes original handwritten lyrics, set-lists, gig posters, flyers and related ephemera, taken from the archives of Paul Hemmings, and La’s bassist John Power’s father; all of which will be on public display for the very first time.

The artefacts on display form a crucial part of The La’s story - documenting a particularly creative period for the band. This was the time when ‘There She Goes’, ‘Timeless Melody’ & ‘Way Out’ were written, and the classic La’s set - starting with ‘Son of a Gun’ and ending with ‘Looking Glass’ - was formulated, eventually securing the band a major recording contract and exposing them to the wider world.

‘The La’s 1987’ exhibition opens at The Florrie in Liverpool on 15th September and runs until 7th October. 

The Florrie opening times are as follows*:

Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 9am - 6pm 

Tuesday / Thursday: 9am - 9pm

Saturday / Sunday: 12 - 4pm

*Please note the exhibition is closed from 22nd - 24th September.

‘The La’s - 1987’
15th September - 7th October 2017
The Florrie
377 Mill St, Liverpool L8 4RF

The collection then opens at RedHouse Originals Gallery, Harrogate:

14th - 28th October
RedHouse Originals Gallery
15 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate HG1 1DW

Launch Event - Saturday 14th October - featuring: 'Jake Summerton & Paul Hemmings In Conversation'

Entry is free but spaces will be limited.
To attend please email info@redhouseoriginals.com or contact the gallery here.

Categorised under: Current Exhibitions