Pop Art

In between OU assignments, I found time to pop out with my husband this morning to St Paul’s Gallery near Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, which houses the world’s largest exhibition of album cover artwork.

I would highly recommend the exhibition, especially for die-hard Queen or Pink Floyd devotees.

There is a large Queen section, featuring not only the album covers from News of the World and Jazz but also photographs – some previously unseen in public – from the Queen collection.  My hubby, Brian May’s biggest fan, was agog.

There are a large number of Pink Floyd’s often weird and wonderful album covers on display, designed by Storm Thorgerson.  Some of the stories behind these pieces of art are fascinating (Wiki them if you so desire), such as the lining up of 700 hospital beds (why??) on Saunton Sands in North Devon (I’ve been there!) for the sleeve of A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

The exhibition is free too!  I said to my husband we ought to take advantage of these free arts facilities on offer in our region, and get as much money’s worth as possible out of the council tax we pay to our useless jobsworth fat cat local authority!

Artwork from A Momentary Lapse of Reason by Pink Floyd


Artwork from News of the World by Queen


Brian May, aged 17, playing his legendary Red Special (with his cat Pixie).

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3 Comments

  1. Jen said,

    October 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    From a fellow Mayniac, thanks for posting the photo of Brian. No chance I’ll get to see the exhibition any time soon, so it was great to see this.

    Hope you got to see them live recently. The Glasgow show was fabulous.

  2. leighm123 said,

    October 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for taking the trouble comment Jen the Pen! The exhibition is well worth seeing.

    Yes, I saw Q+PR in Birmingham last week (and my husband saw them in Sheffield). They were absolutely amazing.

  3. Mum said,

    October 27, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Funny seeing Brian with short hair; sounds like a good exhibition to visit and free as well! Another outing to put on the list. XX


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