(photo by Judy Totton)
At Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road SW3 6-8pm.
Bill Wyman has worked in Chelsea on-and-off since joining the Rolling Stones in 1962, and has lived in the area since 1982. Over the past few years, Bill has walked every street of his beloved neighbourhood, photographing anything unusual that caught his eye: bridges, churches, pubs, shops, houses, monuments, decorative wall plaques, blue historical plaques, statues, weather vanes, front doors, street signs and coal hole covers. Alongside his photos, Bill began to research the area thoroughly – its history, its stories, and its residents. Bill Wyman’s Chelsea is the result of this work: a comprehensive and informative guide to a London borough steeped in culture and history, as seen through the personal and affectionate lens of a long-standing resident, who himself plays a part in the history of the area. Complete with walking tour itineraries, maps, an A-Z of streets, historical information, over 300 of Bill’s photos and knowledge from an insider; Bill has produced what can confidently be called the ‘Master Book on Chelsea’.
Bill Wyman was born in London in 1936, and joined The Rolling Stones in 1962. Although best known for his music, Bill has pursued many other interests since leaving the stones in 1993. Bill is considered the unofficial archivist of the band; he is a prolific collector, photographer, and has kept diaries from an early age. He also has a great interest in history, archaeology and metal detecting. Bill is a published author of twelve books including Stones From The Inside, Stone Alone, Wyman Shoots Chagall, Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey and Rolling With The Stones.
Tickets £20 (to include a glass of wine) available from the Box Office of the Cadogan Hall, 3 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ in person, or by post with cheque payable to Cadogan Hall, or by phone 0207-730-4500 (booking not available online). A charge is made by Cadogan Hall for card payments. NB. The meeting is at Chelsea Old Town Hall, not at the Cadogan Hall.