Kingston RPM

Dust off your Deccas for Kingston Records, People & Music

Creative Youth launch public call out for information relating to Kingston’s music heritage between the 1940’s and 1970’s

From moth eaten band t-shirts, screwed up tickets, dusty Decca records, badges, programmes, photographs and the story of that one time when… we need you!

Creative Youth is searching far and wide for objects, memorabilia, photographs and most importantly, your stories from Kingston’s rich music heritage.

Did you go to gigs in Kingston in the swinging 60s? Catch David Bowie performing Ziggy Stardust at The Toby Jug in the 70s? Work at the Decca Records factory in New Malden? Any stories to tell about Kingston’s Army days? If so, we’d love to talk to you!

Kingston RPM: Records, People & Music, a new project from Creative Youth, is a homage to Kingston’s rich and varied musical heritage between the 40s and 70s. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Royal Borough of Kingston, we want to tell Kingston’s story. How the likes of David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Cream performed gigs here. How the American Army, who were based locally in Bushy Park, made a massive contribution to the progressive music scene, regularly holding dances, marching their band over the Bridge and bringing along with them, new jazz records previously unheard of this side of the Atlantic.

We are on the lookout for any memorabilia, photographs or stories relating to Kingston’s musical history between the 40s and 70s; from the army bands that came over in the 40s, to T-shirts, ticket stubs, programmes and badges from gigs in Kingston in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Kingston RPM will feature a 12-week exhibition at the Rose Theatre from June and will peak with a record fair and host of live gigs in July, as part of the International Youth Arts Festival.

How to get in touch

Email us kingstonrpm@creativeyouthcharity.org
Twitter: #kingstonrpm on @_CreativeYouth
facebook.com/CreativeYouth

Call us at the Creative Youth office on 020 8549 2120