Movie screening to show rare footage of The British Invasion

movie reel stockThe British are coming — in the form of rare clips presented by the Avon Theatre and Shelley Archives who are set to show a Legends of Rock Live screening of The British Invasion Part 2: Rare Clips (1960s-1970s) hosted by music archivist Bill Shelley on May 22.

So many British bands had success with their music in the United States in the early 1960s through the 1970s that music critics coined the phrase “The British Invasion.” There were so many popular British artists with hit songs in America, that the Avon Theatre could not feature all of them in their original presentation of The British Invasion. Now, join them for a brand new program of different clips that celebrate more of the British groups that continue to inspire us.

Among the songs and performers who will be featured are The Troggs with Wild Thing, Traffic with Dear Mr. Fantasy, The Silkie with You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, The Yardbirds with Over, Under, Sideways, Down, Manfred Mann with The Mighty Quinn, Yes with I’ve Seen All Good People, Jethro Tull with Aqualung, The Zombies with Time of the Season, T-Rex with Bang a Gong and many more. The sources of the clips for this compilation of British groups are promos, films and videos of live concerts, studio rehearsals and television appearances. The variety and talent that will be showcased make this a night not to be missed.

Music archivist Bill Shelley has been filming since the 1970s when he recorded bands Twisted Sister and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then directed music videos for Public Enemy. Shelley Archives was started in 1985 and today the company has more than 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and more than 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows, promos, interviews, out-takes and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is the main focus of the organization.

The screening takes place on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: Carte Blanche Members: free, members: $6, students & seniors: $8, non-members: $11. Call the Avon business office at 203-661-0321 or the box office at 203-967-3660, ext. 2, for tickets.

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