Virtual  London Calling – The Story of London in Music I

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23 November 2020 Special 7 pm 8 pm Winter Book Now

London Calling! 

A series of 6 Virtual Tours – Subscribe to the whole season for just £36

SIX virtual tours going out LIVE over two weeks

Season Membership includes access to recordings of the tours to watch at your leisure*

 

London Calling! Series 1

 

 

Tour One Monday 23rd November 7 pm:

Rock’n’Roll London

 

Tour Two Tuesday 24th November 7 pm:

Bob Dylan In London

 

Tour Three Wednesday 25th November 7 pm:

Beatles & Rolling Stones

 

Tour Four Monday 30th November 7 pm:

Beatlemania!

 

Tour Five Tuesday 1st December 7 pm:

The Kinks

 

Tour Six Wednesday 2nd December 7 pm:

Pink Floyd

 

Wherever you are In the world, whatever the size of your group , no social distancing, no masks just great storytelling and music history from a qualified, award-winning tour guide.

Buy Season Membership for all 6 tours for just £36. Scroll down for more details.

BONUS: Season Membership also gets you a half-price ticket for the NEW Jimi Hendrix virtual tour coming up in January 2021!

Tickets for individual tours are also available at £10 each.

*Don’t worry if you miss an episode or two – with membership you can enjoy recordings of these virtual tours right up to the end of December 2020.

 

Tour One: Rock’n’Roll London

Monday 23rd November 2020

Live 7 pm via Zoom

In the 1960s all roads lead to London… but why?

In this opening episode we’ll look at the archaeology of rock’n’roll in London – the social and political factors that placed London centre stage in the 1960s.

A kaleidoscope of Skiffle, Jazz and Music Hall against a backdrop of Blitzed-out Londonrationing, compulsory military service, the art schools and the long shadow of war.

Coffee shops, the old-school Tin Pan Alley showbiz regime of Denmark Street, the history of the theatre in the West End and the first tentative steps on the road to the Beatlemania and beyond.

The stars of Episode One of London Calling! will include: Lonnie Donegan, Cliff Richard, Chris Barber, Billy Fury, LeadbellyBill Haley and Elvis.

 

Tour Two: Bob Dylan

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Live 7 pm via Zoom

Part Two of our series is a virtual tour in search of Bob Dylan in London 1962 – 1966 – a celebration of his life and work in words AND music.

We’ll look at how Dylan influenced the British artists of the day, and what he took away from his trips to London.

Along the way we will visit…

• The hotel where Dylan held court

• The pubs & coffee bars of Dylan’s first visit in ‘62

• The famous Troubadour Club in Earl’s Court

Music history, criticism, legend and lore.

Follow Me Down To… The Savoy Hotel, The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall as well as the long-gone locations… Dobell’s Music Shop and Bunjies Coffee Shop.

This is Bob Dylan’s London in the 1960s.

The stars of Episode Two of London Calling! will include: Marianne FaithfullJoan Baez, the AnimalsAllen Ginsberg and Donovan.

 

Tour Three: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Live 7 pm via Zoom

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Who’s your favourite?

The biggest names in Rock’n’Roll. Made right here in London. Rivals? Enemies? Friends or foes?

Our tour visits their places, unravels the myths, looks at the music – and with each new anecdote we will see how the story of pop and rock advanced with their every move.

Crucially we will look back to the sounds of Black America – the music of the Mississippi Delta through the prism of Chicago, the electric music that charged a generation of suburban English kids from Dartford, Kent to Woolton, Lancashire.

In RichmondChelsea and Soho we’ll be on the spot when the paths of The Beatles & Stones cross – studios, clubs, pubs and drug busts.

The world was never the same again

 

Tour Four: Beatlemania! 1961-1965

Monday 30th November 2020

Live 7 pm via Zoom

From the freezing blue winter of ’61/’62 to the Day-Glo threshold of the Summer of Love via the White Hot Heat of political, social and artistic upheaval… this is the rise, rise and RISE of The Fab Four – the optimistic years.

There’s a place… Piccadilly Circus for the glamorous premiere of A Hard Day’s Night; The theatre where Beatlemania was born; The club where George & John to their first acid trip; The old HMV shop where a Brian Epstein chance encounter change the path of pop culture

The Period… The BBC and the pop music “ban”. The fall of a government under the weight of a sex scandal. The Ban The Bomb marches from Trafalgar Square.

 

Tour Five: The Kinks

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Live 7 pm via Zoom

We are the Fortis Green Preservation Society! How three Muswell Hillbilly Boys (and a would-be Stone who passed over the river from down Richmond way) became Well Respected Men. A virtual tour in search of The Kinks in their glory days.

Ready, Steady, Go… 5 years that changed the face of pop & rock 1964-69… 4 of the unlikeliest pop stars of all-time… 3 number one hits… 2 warring brothers… 1 unique story

 

Tour Six: Pink Floyd

Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Live 7.00 pm via Zoom

In search of the London locations of one of the world’s biggest bands. Pigs WILL fly as we hit Regent Street Polytechnic, Battersea, Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden is search of the band’s 1960s genesis and early 1970s pomp.

When we’ve found Pink Floyd’s London our 1960s story draws to a close as the music goes off to bigger, and darker things…

Have a cigar, you’re gonna go far…

 

London Calling! Season Membership

Season membership is £36 – that’s £6 per tour as opposed to £10 per individual tour.

PLUS if you buy season membership you get a 50% discount on the Jimi Hendrix tour in January!

Tickets for individual tours are also available, subject to availability.

The tours will be recorded, membership will give you access to the recordings until the end of November 2020. So plenty of time to catch up if you can’t join in live. Or, if the time slots don’t suit you, buy membership and you can watch each tour at whatever time you like, they will be uploaded after each individual instalment has taken place.