Melodic, witty and always controversial Steven Patrick Morrissey has captured the imaginations of music fans for 30 years now.
And iconic images of the star, and the band with which he first found fame, will go on display at Rock City Art, in Castle Lane, Bedford from October 26.
In the 1980s it was with The Smiths that Morrissey, or Moz as he is lovingly known to his fans, came to prominence with his witty Wildean lyrics.
Coupled with the unmistakable guitar stylings of Johnny Marr, the band proved unstoppable and produced four studio albums before their untimely split in 1987.
And following a successful solo career, and brief hiatus, Morrissey returned to the spotlight in 2004 where he has remained ever since, while Marr finds continued success playing alongside Modest Mouse and The Cribs as well as on his own solo projects.
Gallery co-owner Andy Wilsher, said: “Being such a massive fan of The Smiths while at school it’s really exciting to be able to have some of those images that graced the pages of the music magazines that I read every week.
“As well as the classics like the band in front of the Salford Lads Club that appeared on the back cover of The Queen Is Dead I’ve also managed to convince many of the photographers to scour their archives and pick out some shots that have never been seen before so hopefully that should be a real treat to the many Morrissey and The Smiths obsessives that are out there.”
The show will feature classic images of the band including photographer Stephen Wright’s shot of The Smiths outside Salford Lads Club on the outskirts of Manchester. So iconic is the image that fans make pilgrimages to the community hall to have their photographs taken like the picture which appeared on the back cover of the band’s album The Queen Is Dead.
To find out more about the exhibition, and Rock City Art visit www.rockcityart.com