London Rock: The Unseen Archive
Written By: Alec Byrne, Alec Byrne, Tony Norman
$95.00
Through the 1960s and into the '70s, teenage photographer Alec Byrne covered the expanding rock-and-roll scene in London. Legendary British bands—such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, the Beatles, the Who, and David Bowie—as well as groundbreaking American musicians—including Chuck Berry, Jimmi Hendrix, and the Doors—roiled Swinging London to the core and provided provocative fodder for the young, prolific lensman. Byrne's resulting voluminous archive of rock-and-roll photos disappeared out of sight into storage for the following forty years and is offered to the public here for the first time.

Through rare live performance images, intimate portraits, and candid captures of the scene, Alec Byrne: The Unseen Archive brings the era into stunning focus, painting an evocative picture of an inimitable time and place.
Format: Hardbound
Published on: 12/12/2017
ISBN: 9781608878840
Pages: 254 (includes five 6-page gatefolds)
Trim Size: 11 x 14

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Alec Byrne, Author: ALEC BYRNE covered the rock and roll scene in London from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s—the height of London’s rock revolution. After sitting in storage for close to four decades, this archive was reintroduced to the world in late 2012 with an acclaimed one-night show in Los Angeles attended by more than one thousand people. Since then, Byrne's work has been featured during the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, exhibited at the South by Southwest music festival, and accepted into the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Alec Byrne, Photographer: ALEC BYRNE covered the rock and roll scene in London from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s—the height of London’s rock revolution. After sitting in storage for close to four decades, this archive was reintroduced to the world in late 2012 with an acclaimed one-night show in Los Angeles attended by more than one thousand people. Since then, Byrne's work has been featured during the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, exhibited at the South by Southwest music festival, and accepted into the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Tony Norman, Preface: TONY NORMAN is a writer and musician based in the UK. He started out in the 1960s as a music correspondent for the teen magazine Jackie before becoming chief staff writer at the weekly music paper Top Pops / Music Now. During this time he interviewed many of the world’s leading rock musicians, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Frampton, David Bowie, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and The Doors. He later became a freelance writer, working for New Musical Express (NME) and BBC’s music station Radio 1. His work is published in North America, Europe, and Australia.

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