Preview: 'The La's 1987' Exhibition
Liverpool record company, The Viper Label, and RedHouse Originals Gallery have launched an exhibition of rare and unseen photographs celebrating the iconic first tour of The La’s at Liverpool's Florence Institute.
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of The La's pivotal year, the exhibition also coincides with the release of ‘The La’s 1987,' a compilation album of unreleased studio recordings and live rarities from the band.
After building a fierce reputation during the two previous years, taking Liverpool by storm, 1987 proved an extremely creative time for the band, in which La's classics ‘There She Goes’, ‘Timeless Melody’ and ‘Way Out’ were written and recorded.
Recording their seminal debut album ‘The La’s’, the band then quickly embarked on their first tour that launched them into the public limelight. The standard La’s set, starting with ‘Son of a Gun’ and ending with ‘Looking Glass’ was then formulated - eventually securing them a major recording contract and exposing them to the wider world.
Entirely self-funded and working between the darkroom and live shows, photographer and friend of the band Jake Summerton documented the tour’s incredible success, both on and off stage, developing a considerable archive.
Guitarist Paul Hemmings said: “Jake Summerton was one of the first people to take photos of The La’s. I remember him being a ball of energy. He knew he was capturing a magical time and had the eye to do it. I’m extremely pleased he is now getting the credit he so rightly deserves.”
In addition to Summerton’s photographs, the collection also includes images from the archive of renowned Liverpool photographer Mark McNulty, taken at the Earthbeat festival in Liverpool’s Sefton Park in 1987.
The exhibition also contains original handwritten lyrics, set-lists, gig posters, flyers and related ephemera, taken from the archives of Paul Hemmings and father of La’s bassist John Power- all of which will be on public display for the very first time.
'The La's 1987' Exhibition opens on 15th September at The Florrie in Liverpool and runs until 7th October.
The exhibition will visit the RedHouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate from 14th - 28th October.