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Club that rocked the 1970s music world

The Ramones on stage at Friars in 1977. Picture by Geoffrey Tyrell

The Ramones on stage at Friars in 1977. Picture by Geoffrey Tyrell

The Aylesbury club that rocked the music world of the 1970s and 80s is the focus of a major new exhibition at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.

Step back to that era and chart-topping names such as Fleetwood Mac, Mott The Hoople, Genesis, David Bowie, Howard Jones, Marillion, Toyah Wilcox, The Clash and The Ramones, all took the stage at Friars club.

Many more rock stars of the time would say the club helped make their name.

Peter Gabriel, founder of the band Genesis, said: “I suppose it started for us at the legendary Friars Aylesbury. That’s where people first got to know us.”

Founded in 1969 and still going strong today, Friars became famous for its great atmosphere, iconic bands and infectiously enthusiastic audience, who would even climb drainpipes outside the venue to get to the groups’ dressing rooms.

The exhibition runs from March 1 to July 5, with a special preview evening on February 28. Tickets on sale now. See ww.buckscc.gov.uk/museum

 

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