Man Exhibition at Swansea Museum

The Evolution of Man 1965-2014, Acid Rock from Wales | 23rd January – 22nd March 2015

In January, Swansea Museum will be hosting a unique exhibition of memorabilia covering Man and their offshoots. This is the first of its kind!

The exhibition showcases the collection of John Bannon, who has spent over 30 years amassing everything from stickers and badges through photos and t-shirts to posters, set lists and flyers. These trace Man’s story from the Langland Hotel in Swansea, where they recorded their first album ‘Revelation’ in 1969, to some of the world’s greatest rock stages.

The idea for the exhibition came from suggestions that the memorabilia used in Man fan Joan Duarte’s You Tube videos ~ a tribute to Micky Jones ~ should be put on display. Those suggestions are now a reality.

The exhibition previews on the 23rd January and will be open to the public on the 24th January to 21st March 2015. The timing of the exhibition is noteworthy in that it celebrates 50 years since the formation of the Bystanders. It also opens three weeks after Deke’s 70th birthday!

Entry to the preview is by invitation only but Man mailing list subscribers are being offered the opportunity to attend. To further tempt you, Son of Man (who will be joined by both Deke and Tweke) will be playing that evening at The Scene, a nearby club, immediately following the preview. Deke will also be signing books ~ including his latest, “Maximum Darkness, Man on the Road to Nowhere’.

For further information on attending the preview, please email:

Support at the Son of Man gig is from the excellent Troy Redfern. Ticket are £7.50 in advance / £10.00 on the door and available from The Scene or Derricks Swansea.























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