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John Lennon, Iggy Pop: Sounds Of The Seventies: Portrait Of A Naked Iggy

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 1971

ONE DAY late last December I came home and found this message on the tape recorder that answers my telephone when I'm not home: "This is ...

Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Television: Victor Bockris goes to the Airport with Robert Mapplethorpe

Interview by Victor Bockris, New York Rocker, December 1976

SATURDAY OCTOBER 16th 2P.M. Robert Mapplethorpe is going to California on a T.W.A. flight. I am arriving at his fifth floor Bond Street studio loft ...

Valerie Wilmer: "Art is a luxury. Music is a functional thing."

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 7 May 1977

Photographer-writer VALERIE WILMER opts for unlearning and the sovereignty of the heart ...

Norman Seeff by Norman Seeff

Interview by Colman Andrews, Marty Cerf, Phonograph Record, August 1977

As told to Marty Cerf and Colman Andrews... ...

Chalkie Davies: "This Job Isn't A Job As Much As It's A Job, A Hobby And A Social Life Rolled Into One"

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Girl About Town, 17 April 1978

THE PROBLEM with rock and roll music, and the culture that surrounds it, is that few people take it very seriously. Maybe that's because rock ...

The Michael Ochs Archives: An Obsession that Grew Into a Business

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 11 April 1980

MICHAEL OCHS was caught red-handed in 1958 stealing a copy of the Five Shillings' 'Letter to an Angel' single from a Columbus, Ohio, department store. ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Rolling Stone Gathers A Little Moss

Report by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 January 1981

SIX LOS Angeles area supermarket chains, including Ralphs, Safeway and Alpha Bela, have refused to carry the Jan. 22 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The ...

The Clash: Still Scruffy, But Now Rock Heroes

Profile by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 5 September 1982

NEW YORK — Four musicians sauntered onto New York's Pier 84 Tuesday. Tall, gangly, ragtag and scarred, they looked like the scruffy street fighters they ...

Jim Marshall (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1990

The legendary rock photographer looks back at his life and times, snapping (and hanging out with) the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin and many, many more.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.5mb, interview length: 50' 48" sound quality: ***

Jim Marshall: Right Place, Right Time

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1990

Jim Marshall's taut black-and-white photographs, unobtrusively snapped in unguarded moments, are a powerfully evocative record of that first freewheeling decade before the men with the ...

The Band: Elliott Landy (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 13 August 1991

The great rock photographer remembers his time working with The Band, from Woodstock and Big Pink to Los Angeles and The Band sessions.

File format: mp3; file size: 48.9mb, interview length: 50' 57" sound quality: ****

The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Yes: The Moment: 25 Years of Rock Photography

Book Excerpt by Jill Furmanovsky, 'The Moment' (Paper Tiger), 1995

A Beatles fan MY FIRST ROCK picture, taken circa 1967 on an instamatic camera, was of Paul McCartney with two of my school friends outside his ...

John Lennon: Bob Gruen: Just Like Starting Over

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 26 August 1995

New Yorker Bob Gruen is famous in the field of rock'n'roll photography but his association with John Lennon overshadows everything. GRAHAM REID hears the stories. ...

Through the Lens of Mick Rock

Retrospective and Interview by Jeff Apter,, December 1997

WITH A NAME such as his, British-born photographer Mick Rock's destiny was laid out before him: he had to work in the peculiar world of ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: Linda McCartney

Obituary by Miles, MOJO, June 1998

Rock photographer turned legendary other half ...

Bob Dylan: Bobquest: In Search of Zimmerman

Book Excerpt by Jill Furmanovsky, Rock's Backpages, 2001

Quest: a search, especially an arduous one, for something that is greatly desired. Example: quest for life's meaning. ...

Elvis Presley: Memphis: Visions of a Bluff City

Special Feature by Joss Hutton, Rock's Backpages, August 2002

Click here to see Joss Hutton's evocative images of Memphis, 25 years after Elvis's death ...

Pink Floyd: So Wrong, Yank Floyd Alight

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Dellar, MOJO, February 2004

"OHMIGAWD! IT just missed Roger!" Another piece of burning drape — ignited by a stray firework — fluttered into the audience. Some cheered, mistaking it ...

Parting Shot: Keith Morris 1938-2005

Obituary by Mark Williams, Guardian Unlimited, 29 July 2005

IN THE EARLY 1970s, Keith Morris was asked to do a session for the first album with an unknown singer-songwriter, Nick Drake. Keith took a ...

Joy Division: Closer Still: An Interview with Control director Anton Corbijn

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, September 2007

THE ESSENCE OF DEATH, much like that of war, rests in how it has irreparably changed those left to grapple with its aftermath. Its effects ...

Black Flag and All That: Joe Carducci's Enter Naomi

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns,, Winter 2007

THE RECENT PUBLICATION of Joe Carducci's moving and fascinating Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That... (Wyoming: Redoubt Press) takes me back 25 years to ...

David Gahr: Folk, jazz and rock photographer

Obituary by Colin Irwin, The Independent, 5 September 2008

WHEN BOB DYLAN shocked the audience at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival by going on stage with members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to ...

Picture This: 10 Years of Rock Archive

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2008

PRIDE OF PLACE on my office wall belongs to a photograph by Jill Furmanovsky. It's an image that takes me back almost 30 years to ...

Joy Division, The Smiths: Kevin Cummins: Manchester – Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain (Faber & Faber)

Book Review by Keith Cameron, Q, October 2009

Manc-rock, from punk to Oasis, by legendary lensman. ...

Patti Smith, Television: The Mapplethorpe Effect: Patti, Polaroids and Punk

Retrospective by Simon Warner, Rock's Backpages, 15 January 2010

IT WOULD NOT BE outrageous to propose that the two greatest albums of the punk tsunami featured cover images by arguably the most important post-war ...

Joni Mitchell, Neil Young: The Heart of Joel Bernstein

Report by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, 12 February 2010

IN 1970, 16-year-old me was following Neil Young around; learning his songs, going to his concerts (two identical sets on one night!), and counting the ...

Jimi Hendrix: "I Was So Cocksure With Jimi": How Rock Photography Pioneer Gered Mankowitz Captured Hendrix And The Cream Of The 1960s

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, 29 August 2010

Gered Mankowitz wasn't yet 21 when his pictures captured London's groovers at their hippest. As the portraitist prepares to put his Hendrix archive on show, ...

Barry Feinstein 1931-2011

Obituary by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, 24 October 2011

THE AMERICAN photographer Barry Feinstein, who has died aged 80, made his most famous series of images when he accompanied Bob Dylan and the Band ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Public Image Ltd, Sex Pistols: Dennis Morris: "Suddenly we were black, not coloured"

Retrospective and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 25 March 2012

Dennis Morris is celebrated for his iconic photographs of the Sex Pistols and Bob Marley. But few knew that in that pivotal era he was ...

Buffalo Springfield, The Eagles, The Mamas and The Papas, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Neil Young: Henry Diltz: Caught in the Canyon

Retrospective and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 26 May 2013

He photographed the most enduring images of the '60s folk-rock stars who lived in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon. Now Henry Diltz stars in a documentary about ...

Lou Reed, Mick Rock and John Varvatos launch Transformer in New York

Report by Jeff Slate,, 4 October 2013

"THESE ARE amazing images," host John Varvatos said at the opening of the Q&A at the launch party for Transformer, the new deluxe book from ...

David Bowie: Me and David: An Interview with Photographer Mick Rock

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'The Rise of David Bowie' (Taschen), February 2014

YOU COULDN'T make the name up: as the man himself says in the interview that follows, "Mick Rock" sounds like a cartoon character, a distillation ...

Blondie, Marianne Faithfull, Jimmy Page, Ed Sheeran: Picture this: The love affair between rockers and the lens

Book Review by James Medd, New Statesman, 16 October 2014

Jimmy Page: Jimmy Page (Genesis) Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Faithfull – A Life on Record  (Rizzoli) Chris Stein: Negative – Me, Blondie and the Advent ...

Boogie Wonderland: Disco's hottest '70s nightclubs

Retrospective and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 26 September 2015

IT WAS President Jimmy Carter's mother, Lillian, who first brought photographer Bill Bernstein to the legendary Studio 54 nightclub in New York one evening in ...

"Jazz was the catalyst for change": Jim Marshall's images of '60s festivals

Retrospective and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 4 September 2016

Photographer Jim Marshall is known for iconic images of '60s rock stars. But his first great portraits were of the giants of jazz, captured on ...

An Interview with Baron Wolman

Interview by Don Armstrong, Music Journalism History, 17 July 2019

BARON WOLMAN – Rolling Stone's first photographer – changed the course of rock music journalism during the pivotal counterculture era, and I was delighted when ...

Art Kane. Harlem 1958 (Wall of Sound Editions)

Book Review by John L. Walters, Eye, Spring 2019

THE BLACK-AND-WHITE Esquire photo of 57 jazz musicians (plus a few local children) posed in front of a Harlem brownstone on 12 August 1958 is ...

"It's All Rebel Music": How Janette Beckman Documented The Early Days Of Def Jam

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Merlis, uDiscoverMusic, 19 June 2020

In Def Jam's docu-series 'Through The Lens', photographer Janette Beckman talks documenting the early days of hip-hop. ...

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