Whilst the Museum is closed and our collections unable to be seen by visitors, we have created a weekly virtual museum with an Object of the Week feature from our collections.
Object of the Week : ZYX is for Zoot At The LYnX
The Lynx Club in Maxwell Park is probably the only 60s club whose premises still exist in the same place. The same buildings which were once the main youth club and teenage social centre of Boreham Wood, now house the Maxwell Park Community Centre. Many a 60s club has gone the way of time and the bulldozer, but we still have our part of the history of pop music on display.
Our collection is full of images, concert adverts and newspaper articles of artists who played at the Lynx – artists just starting out on their careers and who would go onto have huge hits and become household names. From The Who, to Eric Clapton, to Elton John, to Rod Stewart, to Fleetwood Mac – they all were starting out on the ‘circuit’ of which The Lynx Club was a part. And they left memories behind of course for those boomer kids who can now say ‘I saw them before they were famous’.
Local musicians had a place to play as support bands, and there were many acts such as Zoot Money, Geno Washington, Amen Corner, etc. who were never to become ‘household’ names, but who created lasting impressions through their music. Although the club was to become the Links in late 65, promoters were still using it for gigs well into the 70s.
But it’s for sweaty, noisy, thrilling musical nights that The Lynx will be remembered.
Photo of Eric Clapton & John Mayall's Bluesbreakers by permission of Keth Turner