The Avon Theatre and Shelley Archives present
Legends of Rock Live
ROD STEWART: THE EARLY YEARS
Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley
Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Rod Stewart struggled in the beginning of his musical career in the UK, working in many groups, until finding his way to stardom, first with The Jeff Beck Group and then The Small Faces which became The Faces. His musical compositions and singing style caught the attention of his growing fan-base.
His song "Stay With Me" leaped up the charts and made Stewart an international star. His narrative approach to lyrics made audiences feel that his songs were autobiographical and he was allowing them into his private thoughts and life. At the same time, there seemed to be magic created by Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, who together created the sound associated with The Faces.
When the group disbanded, Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones and Rod continued as a solo act. Stewart's style seemed to fit just about any performer he worked with, and his songwriting skills grew to great acclaim, writing such classics as "Mandolin Wind," "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" and "Gasoline Alley," all of which will be in this program. Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Stewart is considered one of the best-selling recording artists.
This program will celebrate and highlight performances from these different stages of Stewart's career. Some of the songs that will be featured will be "Maggie Mae," "You Wear It Well," "Stay With Me," and "Hot Legs." You will see clips of performances from TV, live concerts, some from around the world, and early promotional materials. In English | 110 minutes
ABOUT BILL SHELLEY: Bill Shelley has been filming since the 1970s when he recorded bands Twisted Sister and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then he directed music videos for Public Enemy. Shelley Archives was started in 1985 and today the company has over 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and over 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.
ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases, The Avon brings you one-of-a-kind special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant "Main Street America" setting.
TICKETS: Ticket prices are as follows: Carte Blanche Members: FREE, Members: $6, Students & Seniors: $8, Nonmembers: $11. Call the Avon business office at 203-661-0321 or the box office at 203-967-3660, x2 for tickets.
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