Article – Looking Back At Family Archives

by Marc Astley
Leicester Mercury, Aug. 6 1991
Twenty-two years ago it would have been prized by swinging young pop fans – but not worth the paper it was written on.

Today it is worth hundreds of pounds and is the quarry of keen collectors.

Later this month Sotheby’s in London will auction art work promoting former chart-topping Leicester band Family.

Among the lot are posters, a handbill, tickets and early photographs.

And experts put the value of the items at about £500.

The memorabilia will be among hundreds of lots at the rock’n’roll auction.

Family started out life as a rhythm and blues band called the Farinas.

In August ’66 they became the Roaring Sixties; by 1968 they were called Family – and the rest is history.

During their five-year career, they notched up an incredible seven hit albums and a number of singles including The Weaver’s Answer and In My Own Time.

Their farewell tour was staged in 1973 with their final gig at the De Montfort Hall.

Last year one of the founder members of Family, bass guitarist Rick Grech, died.

The sale of rock’n’roll and film memorabilia takes place at Sotheby’s on August 22.

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