Tuesday 16 Feb 2016
Rock Through The Ages at Glasgow Central
Visitors to Glasgow Central will be able to enjoy some of the classic images taken by renowned rock photographer, Denis O’Regan, as he brings his ‘Rock Through The Ages’ exhibition showcasing music legends of the 60s, 70s and 80s to the station.
David Bowie, Oasis and the Rolling Stones are among the stars captured in the ‘Rock Through The Ages’ exhibition, which brings to life well-loved and notorious British and international music stars whom Denis has spent more than 40 years photographing, both on and off stage.
The free-to-view exhibition, which is part of a UK-wide tour, runs at Glasgow Central until February 26.
Denis O’Regan said: “I have photographed great musicians and travelled to extraordinary places to capture classic moments in music. Railway stations are a great way of connecting people with art in their everyday lives and it is fantastic to be able to share my photos with rail passengers and station users around the country.”
Having honed his craft in the UK punk scene of the 1970s, Denis was, in 1978, the most published photographer in music paper NME. In the 80s and 90s his photographs were published worldwide and he toured the globe as official photographer to the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, KISS, Duran Duran, Queen, David Bowie, Spandau Ballet and Pink Floyd. He was official Live Aid photographer in 1985 at Wembley Stadium, and over the last 10 years has shot major events. In 1999 he was the only photographer allowed access to Paul McCartney’s legendary Cavern show.
Network Rail’s director of retail, Hamish Kiernan, said: “Millions of people pass through Network Rail stations every day and whether you are in Glasgow, London or Liverpool, you will know the musicians featured in the Rock Through the Ages exhibition. We want our stations to be exceptional places for rail passengers and destinations in their own right for those wanting to eat, shop and experience arts and culture. All profit generated by commercial activity at our stations is reinvested, making our network better for the millions of people who travel by rail each day.”
Rock Through The Ages was inspired by research highlighting the strong emotional connections that people who grew up in the 1960s to 1990s, during the rock/pop boom, now have with contemporary music. Dr Julia Jones, founder of social brand Generation Music Club who carried out the research, discovered that music from this era continues to connect with those who grew up listening to it as well as with younger generations. This means parents and children are sharing lifelong music tastes and live experiences. Visitors can register free online to receive a rock photography tip sheet and will be entered into a draw to win a camera prize which will be announced at the end of the tour on March 31st 2016.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.