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Comment: In stock in England - PAPERBACK- Very clean and tidy. Usual light spine creasing and only very light other signs of handling/storage - 1997 edition - David Bailey's photographs have helped to create the face of modern pop. He has trained his camera on most of the pop icons since the 1960s, and this volume brings together more than 80 of his most vivid and indelible images of the pop scene, from his earliest photographs of Mick Jagger, Lennon and McCartney and The Who, to his later portraits of Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. There are pictures of Patti Smith and Bob Dylan, John Lydon and Boy George, Tina Turner and Sting. There is a session from 1985's "Live Aid" showing Bob Geldoff and Queen at a moment of glory, and there are classic heroes too: a grinning Fred Astaire, an offbeat Miles Davis, and a solemn Duke Ellington. Bailey aims to capture the essence and grab the unexpected, confound our expectations, and make us look afresh at faces we thought we knew so well.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (1 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500279063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500279069
  • Product Dimensions: 36.2 x 26.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,158,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Feb. 2012
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This is an excellent coffee table book of some of David Bailey's portraits of rock and roll heroes. There are an awful lot of photo's of the Rolling Stones, all of which are excellent. Amongst the others are some 1965 shots of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Now, David Bailey took my favourite photo of all time (the famous portrait where John's head rests on Paul) and sadly this is not in the book - although there are others from the same session. Have to say my interest waned towards the end of the book, but overall a really good collection and a must for Stones fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Rock And Roll Classics 30 Sept. 2000
By Rick E. Lund - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great picture book of some of the greatest stars of rock. The cover of Mick Jagger with a sword in his teeth is worth the price alone. This book has more pictures of the Stones in the early years, even has pics of Brian Jones. There are also pictures of the Beatles, U2, Alice Cooper, The Who, Elton John, Queen, Dylan and many others. Still almost half the book seems to be pictures of the Stones. I highly recommend it to the true rock fan.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Slightly mistitled 10 Jan. 2009
By EL - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This coffee table book of art photography portrays representatives from the roots and royalty of the rock world -- everyone from Duke Ellington to Seal, from Fred Astaire to Marianne Faithfull, Bowie and Boy George to Oasis, and of course the requisite Dylan, Stones, Beatles, Elton John, U2 and Who. This book is mistitled though. Despite these big names, I find the book's breadth of coverage rather limited. It should have been called "David Bailey's Rolling Stones and Friends". (If it had, I'd have given it 5 stars)

This beautiful large format hardcover contains over 70 black and white and 11 color images whose time span ranges from the early 1960s with the birth of rock as we know it (via jazz, folk and blues), to the mid 90s. It even captures the pinnacle of 80s pop history with a couple of spontaneous portraits of participants of the Live Aid event.

The interesting three-page intro by Neil Spencer provides a nice background on David Bailey in the context of the pop world; he apologizes for the preponderance of Stones pictures by explaining that Bailey befriended Jagger just as the Stones burst onto the music scene. Hanging out with Mick then, Bailey naturally captured tons of pictures of the band. And wonderful pictures they are (I counted 49).

Aside from the introductory text, the entire remainder of the book is photographs. Each photo is dated. Not surprisingly, many subjects are half-dressed. There is a wonderful artsy variety to the layout of images. Some photos take up half a page while others are huge and cover a two-page spread. One two-page spread consists entirely of two dozen photos from a single Stones photo shoot. On some pages it's hard to tell where one photo stops and the next one starts. Though there is little logic in the arrangement or chronology of these photos, there is a wonderful unity of style throughout that makes a Bailey picture from 1965 resemble one taken in 1995, and vice versa. He has captured the essence of each of these rock souls in their particular moment.

A nice collectable book for art's sake, but perhaps not everything you might expect from the cover. Or perhaps so.
The cover was a little beat up from years of ... 24 April 2014
By collegic-lover92 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The cover was a little beat up from years of use, which I expected. The prints were large and gorgeous. David Bailey is one of the photographers I aspire to emulate!
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