The origins of rock & pop
As rock and pop music is a 20th century phenomenon, the artists and songs have been preserved in many more ways than those of earlier eras. Thanks to photography we have plenty of visual records and the development of sound recording has advanced from early phonographs to the sophisticated digital techniques of today.
Harry Hammond and the Birth of British Rock
Harry Hammond (1920 - 2009) is regarded as a ‘founding father of music photography’. Focusing on the music industry in the UK, he photographed British and visiting American stars on stage and off for over two decades. Many of his images are well-known; some are as immortal as their subjects.
The story of The Supremes
History of and videos about The Supremes, who recorded 12 US No.1 hits between 1964 and 1969, including an unprecedented five consecutive chart toppers. Set against the backdrop of the meteoric rise of Motown Records and of the American civil rights movement, The Supremes played aninspirational role in changing racial perceptions and they influenced subsequent performers for many years.
Video: Harry Goodwin remembers 'Top of the Pops'
Harry Goodwin photographed every visitor to the BBC's Top of the Pops studios in London and Manchester between 1963 and 1973. The result is one of the most extraordinary and comprehensive collections of 1960s rock and pop musicians in the world. This film was made in conjunction with the V&A exhibition My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock, Photographs from Top Of The Pops 1964-1973, by Harry Goodwin.
Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo by Jon Pasche, 1970
The original artwork of the Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo - one of the world's most instantly recognisable symbols of rock and roll - is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, thanks to the help of The Art Fund, the Mavis Alexander bequest and the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Chris and Nicky Thom.
Video: The tongue and lips logo returns to South Kensington
John Pasche was still a student when he designed the Rolling Stones tongue and lips logo in 1971. The logo was initially inspired less by Mick Jagger's famous pouting lips than by the Indian goddess Kali who is often portrayed with a protruding pointed tongue. The image was an immediate success and since then it has become an iconic trademark for the band featuring on every Rolling Stones album since.
Video: Annie Lennox talks about her creative process
Musician Annie Lennox's success has spanned four decades and she is internationally renowned both for her music and her personal style. In this film she talks about her creative process and about the ideas behind 'Sweet Dreams'. ‘The House of Annie Lennox’ was an immersive one-room display here at the V&A, exploring the image and creative vision of the artist, costumes and accessories worn by Lennox, together with photographs, personal treasures and awards.