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Stills Ill: Middlesex Lounge hosts ‘Queen Is Dead’ pop-up gallery by the Smiths Museum


While Morrissey once famously sang that every day is like Sunday, it also holds true that not every Saturday delivers a last-minute pop-up gallery of Smiths memorabilia.

But as Luke O’Neil and Bullett Media report, that’s exactly what’s happening today at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is organized by the locally-based Smiths Museum, showcasing an archive developed by co-founder Dan Savastano.

Among the items being shown are 50 original artifacts (posters, clothing, personalized items, etc.) all relating to landmark 1986 album The Queen Is Dead, which turned 30 years old this past Thursday. [Read Boston filmmaker Mark Phinney’s Voices recent column on the LP’s anniversary here.] Also being shown is the believed-to-be-lost stage backdrop from the Smiths’ 1986 tour, depicting Alain Delon from L’Insoumis.


“I think the appeal of something like this to fans is that they have the opportunity to see things in person that they’d only read about in magazines, or perhaps didn’t know existed,” Savastano tells O’Neil in an extended interview in Bullett. “As a fan myself, I know how much joy it brings me to see other people’s collections and discover new things, so I hope it will do the same for others.”

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Smiths exhibit


Smiths artifacts