Rockin’ all over The Barbican: see the Status Quo exhibition before it closes on 22nd May 2023

I’ve always had a soft spot for the mighty Quo. In pre-punk days, their ‘heads down, no-nonsense mindless boogie’ provided a welcome refuge from prog rock doodlings and yacht rockers like Steely Dan.

Running until the 22nd May 2023, there’s a free exhibition celebrating no less than seven decades of Status Quo at the Barbican Library.

The exhibition  features a mix of never-seen-before material,  photos, record covers, ephemera from their shows and the original handwritten lyrics to ‘Caroline’ and ‘Down Down.’

The collection is the result of a  collaboration between Paul and Yvonne Hanvey, who run the band’s Official Fan Club and Status Quo fan and record collector, Andy Campbell.

Since their birth 1962, Status Quo have notched up over 60 UK chart hits, including ‘Down Down’, ‘Whatever You Want’, and ‘In the Army Now’ and 25 UK top ten albums, most recently, with ‘Backbone’, in 2019.

The exhibition, Celebrating Seven Decades of Quo can be found at the Barbican Music Library, which is in the main Barbican Library on the second level.

There was a turntable on hand for people to play vinyl records.

More info

Celebrating Seven Decades of Quo
Thu 16 Feb—


The Barbican Libraries are located on Level 2 within the Barbican. They can be accessed from the main building via stairs or lifts from Level G or via Frobisher Crescent from the highwalks.

Level 2, Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London

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