Following his ‘Hells Angels Motorcycle Club’ exhibition at the National Theatre in 2004, ‘Rockin’’ is photographer Andrew Shaylor’s unique portrayal of the contemporary rockabilly scene. Renowned for his ability to get close and personal to his subject matter and granted exclusive access at events both in the UK and the US, Shaylor captures the raw energy of the music and the fierce commitment of the rockabilly community to authenticity. No wonder that this tribe has influenced fashion designers such as John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier to name but a few.

This must-see exhibition evokes the passion and intensity of a scene that is as riviting today as it was more than 50 years ago.

For enthusiasts, rockabilly isn’t just a kind of music; it’s a way of life. A raw fusion of rhythm and blues with country and western, rockabilly heralded the start of teenage rebellion in America in the early 1950’s. The stripped-down sound witnessed a revival in the 1970’s that has continued until today, with modern rockabillies embracing not only the music, but also the clothes, tattoos, cars and lifestyle of the 1950’s youth counterculture.

ROCKIN’ (The Rockabilly Scene) an exhibition of images by Andrew Shaylor
11th April to 15th May 2011
National Theatre
South Bank
London SE1 9PX

Words by Anna Bang


Andrew Shaylor, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano,