Exhibition looks at musical youth

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The idea of buying music without listening to it first may seem alien to today’s youngsters.

But Mark Saville recalls the experience of not being able to hear records before purchasing them when they came out.

Mark Saville's collection of badges he has loaned to the exhibition.

Mark Saville's collection of badges he has loaned to the exhibition.

His memories feature in the Decades of Youth exhibition which explores the changing ways the city’s different generations have listened to the latest bands and artists.

Mark, from Horsforth, remembers going into Leeds to buy Dr Feelgood’s ‘Malpractice’ album for around £2.45 from Barker’s record shop on The Headrow in the mid 1970s.

“It was quite a high risk buying their album and tickets to go see them at St George’s Hall in Bradford, really just from reading the reviews,” he said. “You had to take a punt on something really in those days.”

Mark also reminisces about photographing live gigs in the early 1980s, including Leeds’s Futurama festival, run by local music legend John Keenan.

The exhibition at Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum showcases people’s experiences of growing up in Leeds over the last 70 years using images, objects and stories from local residents.

As well as the technology young people have used to listen to music, the exhibition features the famous ‘Live at Leeds’ vinyl album by The Who, Soft Cell’s ‘The Art of Falling Apart’, a record player from the 1940s and a copy of Chumbawamba’s 1998 CD ‘Tubthumping’.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “I’m sure Decades of Youth and some of the items on display at Abbey House Museum will bring back a lot of memories for visitors and will also be a window into what life was like for people from different generations.”