Jim Simpson

Photograph by Jim Simpson

Jim Simpson 

Photography Retrospective
Public Opening Thursday 13th November

Havill & Travis are very pleased to present an exhibition of Jim Simpson’s photography.

Many of you may know Jim through his production of the highly respected Birmingham International Jazz Festival or his management of Black Sabbath.

Jim’s photography of the 1960’s was prolific and his collection documents an exciting and creative era of new bands in their formative years.

In the early 1960s, Jim Simpson divided his time between playing trumpet with his band The Locomotive [who later hit with the Ska single “Rudi’s In Love”] and taking photographs of Rock and Roll and blues musicians.

 By the end of the decade he had stopped playing, formed Big Bear Records, was managing Black Sabbath and photography had taken a back seat.

Jim’s work includes photography of The Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Black Sabbath, Nina Simone, Marianne Faithfull, Ginger Baker to name only a few.

For those interested in music of that era and the local music history of Birmingham this exhibition really should not be missed.