Hopped-Up 19.05. - 25.08.2019
The impressive black and white documentary photography presented in “Hopped-Up” – published in 2009 by Berlin-based photographer David Biene – perfectly captures the spirit of the US-American 1940s and 50s still alive in Europe today. It was sold out just three months after it came out. The accompanying exhibition already toured to London, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich. From 19 May to 25 August, it is coming to the rock’n’popmuseum in Gronau. In proper style, the opening celebration on 18 May will include plenty of rock ‘n’ roll.
Top chops and flatheads, car enthusiasts daubed in oil by the side of the road, heavily tattooed rockabillies with slick hairstyles and wild race and dance weekends – it all screams America. The lifestyle that had its heyday in the 40s and 50s of the previous century still has many ardent fans across Europe.
An authentic insight into the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle
The scene is at the core of the coffee-table book “Hopped-Up”. Photographer David Biene has spent five years travelling through Europe, from Spain to Norway, to create an homage to this group on the fringe of society. Photographed on negative film and uncoloured, these images are alive with authenticity and honesty. A kind of manifesto for genuine life. Without pointing fingers, but instead full of fun and passion. The book, which was published in 2009, is linked to a photo exhibition, which can be viewed at the rock‘n’popmuseum from 19 May. Various sound documents, such as recordings of a race and exclusive songs, complete the exhibition.
Born in the region of Münster, David Biene has been living as a freelance photographer in Berlin for more than 20 years. After an autodidactic start, Biene studied Photography at Lette Verein Berlin and graduated successfully in 2003. While he generally uses digital equipment when working on commissions, he likes to do analog photography when embarking on his own projects. Biene is interested in the genuine and unadulterated. This fascination extends to authentic people and situations.
The opening celebration: music, engines and plenty of rock ‘n’ roll
At the opening celebration for the special exhibition on 18 May, visitors may look forward to a great programme. A stall with beer and bratwurst will provide sustenance. “Mr. Q” is going to entertain visitors during the car show. The much-loved Düsseldorf DJ will present a wide variety of 50s rhythm‘n’blues, rockabilly, soul and jump blues tunes. After the official opening of the exhibition at the museum at around 6 pm, visitors may look forward to a concert by “KEITH DUNN and the LARS VEGAS band”. The Bostonian Keith Dunn has already graced the stage for 40 years and is one of the few remaining authentic Afro-American blues singers and harmonica players of his generation. Lars Vegas has already toured the world with his music. In addition to rockabilly, the singer and guitarist also plays delta blues and rhythm‘n’blues songs accompanied by double bass and drums.
Admission to the car show and the opening of the exhibition is free. Concert tickets to “KEITH DUNN and the LARS VEGAS band” from 8 pm are 10 euros.