Exhibition

The Holly Johnson Story

14 Sep 2024 – 27 Jul 2025

Regular hours

Saturday
10:00 – 17:00
Sunday
10:00 – 17:00
Monday
10:00 – 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:00
Thursday
10:00 – 17:00
Friday
10:00 – 17:00

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The exhibition celebrates Holly Johnson’s creative genius, charting his personal life and extraordinary music career over four decades.

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In the 1980s Britain was changing. Social and political unrest led the way for a cultural revolution, set against a backdrop of synth-pop music and experimental sounds. The ‘80s was a time of innovation and rebellion, punks, and new wave bands, and at the forefront stood Holly Johnson.

The Holly Johnson Story celebrates Holly’s creative genius, and marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Frankie Goes to Hollywood album, 'Welcome to the Pleasuredome', featuring songs 'Relax', 'Two Tribes' and 'The Power of Love'.

This exhibition charts Holly’s early personal life and career, from a young musician to an internationally renowned, openly gay star, living in the public eye. Dealing with the price of fame, coping with an HIV+ diagnosis and unwanted negative press, whilst going it alone as a monumental LGBTQ+ icon.

Through polarising emotions of glamour and sexual liberation, alongside fear, loss and stigma, The Holly Johnson Story tells the stories of people who experienced the gay scene in the 1980s, and the devastating impact and legacy of HIV.

The Holly Johnson Story has been produced by Homotopia, Duovision Arts and National Museums Liverpool, in collaboration with Holly Johnson.

Lead image ©️ Trevor Leighton.

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