Alvin Comes Home
Born Bernard Jewry, local hero Alvin Stardust was one of the few pop stars to have two shots at stardom under two completely different names, in two different pop eras: first in the early 60’s as Shane Fenton and then, more resoundingly, as Alvin in the 70’s.
We were privileged to meet Alvin a few years back when he travelled up one Saturday morning to perform a set at the opening of ‘Ready! Steady! Mansfield!’, our exhibition about the local music scene. The audience loved him. He played free of charge and was one of the most open, friendly and downright grounded pop musicians you could wish to meet.
This was an impression backed up by the scores of affectionate comments in the Book of Condolences placed in the Museum for three weeks in November 2014 when Alvin sadly passed away. It was a moving tribute to witness the obvious respect and fondness of the hundreds of local (and not-so-local) people who came to pay their respects in writing.
Now the Museum is pleased to be able to pay a happier tribute in the shape of:
Stardust Memories: A Celebration of the Life of Alvin Stardust. This is an exhibition featuring evocative memorabilia from all stages of Shane/Alvin’s career, put together exclusively for Mansfield Museum.
As an extra-special extension of the exhibition, The Alvin Stardust Band and Friends played a one-night-only tribute concert at The Palace Theatre. Proceeds from this unique event went to support Prostate Cancer UK.
Whether you knew Alvin personally, are a fan or simply like pop, we’re sure you’ll find plenty of interest in this intriguing exhibition.
Stardust Memories: 22 September-17 November 2018