When Bristol concert promoter Charles Lockier had the vision to book early rockers like Buddy Holly, he ensured that the Colston Hall would remain a favoured venue for British and American artists, and a major West Country link. The quality, diversity, and depth of musical talent on display at the Hall is breathtaking.
Giants of Sixties and Seventies rock and pop like the Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Beach Boys, Kinks, Love, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Who all played to adoring crowds, as did seriously influential artists like Queen, David Bowie, James Taylor, Crosby Stills and Nash, and the Jam.
This book examines an extraordinary attempt to promote the Tamla Motown label , and a highly confrontational concert from the electric Bob Dylan. Let It Rock not only features the famous headliners of the day, but includes a chapter on local Bristol groups who were making a name for themselves , as well as rare photos, programmes and flyers, some from the Hall archives, and extended comments from fans who witnessed the concerts, and the musicians themselves.
Written by Simon Hurford
Forward by Sarah Robertson
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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.
Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.