This Stone’s still rolling after 80 years- a review of “Around the World in 80 Years” at the Proud Chelsea gallery.

This Stone’s still rolling after 80 years- a review of “Around the World in 80 Years” at the Proud Chelsea gallery.

Nothing screams Rock and Roll like turning 80 and opening your own art exhibit.

By Isla Russell, first year journalism student at LSBU

Just when you think you’ve learnt everything there is to know about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the Rolling Stones, former bassist, Bill Wyman turns 80.

In celebration of Wyman’s birthday, one that hardly any 60’s counterculture rebel can say they’ve celebrated, a selection of his candid photos now splatter the once pristine walls of the Proud Chelsea Gallery with all the drunken rawness that began The Rolling Stones career.

Located on 161 King’s Road Chelsea is a building of red brick, with creaky floorboards, and white walls that any rock and roll fan would detest had they not been covered by Wyman’s photos. The interior of the gallery is just like the welcome received when you walk through the door- cold. But despite the less than appealing glances from the woman sat at her desk in the middle of an empty room mercilessly banging away on her mac book, the art adorning the walls of the gallery is astounding.

A collection of Wyman’s work proudly hangs on every wall of the first floor of the gallery, showing any visitor a raw and untainted look into the early years of the Stones. A particular stand out piece includes an image of Keith Richards, taken from behind, and showing him drinking, unapologetically, from a bottle of Jack Daniels, just like a rock star should.

This raw and organic look at the early years of a band who made history in the rock and roll scene is only available to see until the 27th November 2016- so make like a stone and start rolling.

Keith Richards- 6th September 1981
Kieth Richards drinking his favourite Jack Daniels Tennase Whiskey Photo credit to The Proud Chelsea Gallery, photo taken by Bill Wyman