Way before the brothers Russell and Gary burst onto the Scene via 007, there were another set of brothers Wood involved in the mod scene in the shape of Art & Ronnie back in the 60’s. Elder sibling Art fronted his own band, The Art Woods, a name he cunningly thought of himself, while youngster Ronnie played guitar for The Birds. While The Art Woods achieved cult status and helped launch the careers of Keef Hartley and Jon Lord, Ronnie set off on the road to rock star status in the Rolling Stones via The Jeff Beck Group, The Creation and The Faces and his 50 year career is now celebrated via a collection of his paintings, sketches, hand written lyrics and painted guitars at SymbolicLondon. Among the highlights are a poster featuring a London double decker bus announcing the Small Faces first tour of the USA and hand written tour schedules from a Jeff Beck Group tour. Some of the items are for sale, though the first price I saw was a cool £15,000. I’ll stick to window shopping on this occasion! The free exhibition runs until 9th November and is open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday at 34 Bruton Street, London W1J 6QX, nearest tubes Green Street or Bond Street.
Originally published on 3rd September 2012.