The Cinema Museum and Archive Film Agency are proud to present a free preview screening of a new film that documents the life of Wee Willie Harris in his own words, lavishly illustrated with photos, home movies and performance footage from his personal archive. Known as ‘Britain’s Wild Man of Rock’, Willie has topped the bill all over the world and performed with such legendary artists as Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and the Big Bopper. Ian Dury named him on his hit song ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney queued for his autograph.
Willie tells of his early life growing up in Bermondsey, living just round the corner from Tommy Steele; his near fatal war time experiences during the London blitz; performing in talent contests and being discovered at the famous 2i’s coffee bar in 1957; becoming the first ‘punk rocker’ with his hair died shocking pink by a Kennington hairdresser; and becoming a regular on Britain’s first TV pop programme Six-Five Special, produced by the dynamic Jack Good.
He goes on to talk about being the first British performer to tour extensively around the world, making a living from show business singing rock ‘n’ roll, country and blues, and performing stand-up comedy as part of his act. He has just returned from Italy where he is still known as ‘The Leopardo Man.’
Wee Willie Harris will be at the event, joined by family and friends from the music industry, and after the screening will answer questions about his life and the people he has known.
Doors open at 15.00 for a 16.00 start, and the event is expected to end at 19.00. Bar/cafe.
To reserve your free ticket (all tickets must be reserved), please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 020 7840 2200