Special event Friday, 11 January 2019

Seven Decades (with Q&A): The Story of Three Guitars that Changed the World

Enjoy an evening of live music, documentary, and rare guitars, kicked off with an exclusive Q&A discussion featuring Razorlight's Johnny Borell and more

  • Friday, 11 January 2019

  • The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

  • Tickets cost £30.00

    Includes wine reception.

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Seven Decades is a unique rock and roll experience – weaving together live music, documentary, and rare vintage guitars to tell the epic story of how a simple musical invention had a revolutionary impact on the world.
This 90-minute journey from the ’50s to the present day features some legendary music along the way – from James Burton and Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine. All the hits are played on vintage instruments from the period. Seven Decades celebrates the enduring influence that the Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, and Fender Stratocaster have had on modern music and culture.

Members can enjoy priority booking for this one-time extended performance, which will include an exclusive Q&A session featuring Bill Curbishley, manager of The Who, Brix Smith Start, lead guitarist and song-writer in The Fall; Johnny Borrell, guitarist and vocalist of Razorlight; and Shadow Minister for Heritage & Arts and guitarist for parliamentary band MP4 Kevin Brennan MP. The panel will be hosted by Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic at The Times.

Additional performances without special Q&A are available Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January (matinee 15:00-17:00 and evening 19:00-21:00), book online at: https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/gBQL52xo/seven-decades-jan-2019