9781608878840

London Rock: the Unseen Archive

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  • ISBN13:

    9781608878840

  • ISBN10:

    1608878848

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/7/2017
  • Publisher: Insight Editions/Incredibuilds
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Summary

Tour the rock-and-roll scene of the '60s and '70s with some of the biggest bands from Britain and around the globe in this collection of Alec Byrne's stunning photography.

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 Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Who, and David Bowie—as well as groundbreaking American musicians—including Chuck Berry, Jimi 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.

Author Biography

ALEC BYRNE covered the rock-and-roll scene in London from the mid 1960s through the mid 1970s—the heart of London’s rock revolution. His work consists of more than eighty thousand frames, all of which were only recently unearthed and are largely unpublished. This archive was reintroduced to the world in late 2012 with a critically acclaimed one-night show in Los Angeles attended by more than one thousand people. Since then, his 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.

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