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The Stone Roses: The Third Coming - The Definitive Stone Roses Exhibition

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The Stone Roses
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Mythical photographers Kevin, Paul Slattery and Ian Tilton join talents for the first time to celebrate an epic moment in music history: the Stone Roses' comeback.

After influencing a whole generation in the 80s, the Stone Roses were missing in action for many years until October 18 last year, when they announced they were getting back together. The news revolutionized the faithful fans and their comeback gigs at Heaton Park were sold out immediately.

A series of photographs and memorabilia from the classic line-up shape an extraordinary exhibition in Whiteleys Shopping Centre to salute the legendary band's comeback this summer. The artistic display, that takes place from Jun13th to August 12th, brings from the past the Stone Roses' Manchester scene to the heart of London.

Visitors will be able to contemplate the band´s quick ascension from the small club scene in Manchester to arenas in Japan and their well-known Spike Island concert. These exclusive photographers capture the significant moments of their career in images: on the road, live on stage, in the studio and portrait sessions.

The one and only exhibition will bring back to life the passion and adrenaline the Stone Roses brought to the music scene and it will include previously unseen portraits of the band.

The band –singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren – captured the spirit of the moment in their debut album voted by NME "Greatest Album of All Time". Their single Fools Gold was highly innovating, melding dance with funk and rock. In their second album, 1994´s Second Coming, they experimented with heavier sounds. The Third Coming echoes the 90s vibe, but explores a more alternative style.

Curator Dave Brolan is the brain behind the operation of bringing together these three photographers that will exhibit over 70 images of the Stone Roses in one room. Mr. Brolan commented: "These three photographers – Kevin Cummins, Paul Slattery & Ian Tilton – have, between them, captured pretty much every major artist of the last 30 years, many as they were still unknown or emerging.

Each photographer has a distinct style but a similar honest, photojournalistic approach, showing subjects as they really are and creating iconic images that stand the test of time. Together, they helped shape the image of The Stone Roses." Tilton, Cummis and Slattery are highly credited photographers of rock and roll. Their repertoire of bands includes legendary groups like The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Morrissey.
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Why? Extraordinary exhibition of photography and memorabilia.
When: Wednesday 13th June 2012 to Sunday 12th August 2012
Where: Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Queensway, Bayswater
Cost: Free
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