The La's 1987: Exhibition and album release heads for Liverpool


IN September record company The Viper Label and RedHouse Originals Gallery will present an exhibition of rare and unseen photographs documenting the first tour of Liverpool legends The La’s.

Coinciding with the release of The La's 1987, a compilation of studio recordings and live rarities recorded in Liverpool, the exhibition from Friday, September 15 at The Florrie boasts rare photographs taken by friend of the band Jake Summerton.

These photographs were recently re-discovered after being lost and found many times before eventually turning up at Jake’s son’s house in Wales.

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.”

Highlights from the exhibition include images from the band’s performance at The Marquee Club, London; the first time the classic ‘There She Goes’ was played to a live audience.

The collection also includes original handwritten lyrics, gig posters, set-lists and related ephemera, which will be going on public display for the very first time.

In addition, the exhibition also features photographs from the archives of Liverpool photographer Mark McNulty.

The artefacts on display form a crucial part of The La’s story documenting a creative period for the band.

Also to celebrate the 30th anniversary, The Viper Label will release The La's 1987 on September 22 - a collection of tracks from legendary recordings from the Flying Picket recorded on Pete Townsend's old mixing desk plus recordings made in Echo & the Bunnymen's studio.

The band had already built up a reputation during the two previous years but by the start of 1987 the lads had a new line up and practice room - an old Stables next to Strawberry Fields, in which they could rehearse every day working on new songs and playing them later that same evening.

The volatile band line-up settled in 1989 with guitarist Lee Mavers brother, Neil on drums, and Peter Cammell as lead guitarist.

The La’s 1987 exhibition opens at The Florrie in Liverpool on September 15.

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