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Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955-Present Hardcover – 26 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; 1 edition (26 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307270165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307270160
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 2.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love this book, and not merely for the uniformly excellent and often unexpected photographs Ms. Buckland has chosen to illustrate this love letter to rock's finest photographers (and performers). I love it, too, for Ms. Buckland's witty, moving and sometimes acerbic prose. . . Whatever Gail Buckland writes, I want to read."
--Dwight Garner, "The New York Times." Selected as one of the best gift books of the year

"Visually hypnotic...The care with which Buckland selects representative photographers and their most significant images is matched by her interpretive prowess."
--"Publishers' Weekly"
"A very appealing collection of photography. . . impressive."
--"Booklist"


I love this book, and not merely for the uniformly excellent and often unexpected photographs Ms. Buckland has chosen to illustrate this love letter to rock s finest photographers (and performers). I love it, too, for Ms. Buckland s witty, moving and sometimes acerbic prose. . . Whatever Gail Buckland writes, I want to read.
Dwight Garner, "The New York Times." Selected as one of the best gift books of the year

Visually hypnotic The care with which Buckland selects representative photographers and their most significant images is matched by her interpretive prowess.
"Publishers Weekly"
A very appealing collection of photography. . . impressive.
"Booklist""

About the Author

Gail Buckland has written and collaborated on eleven books of photographic history, including" Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography, The Magic Image" (with Cecil Beaton), and" The American Century" (by Harold Evans). She is former curator of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, professor of the history of photography at the Cooper Union, and guest curator at many American museums. She lives in Warwick, New York, and New York City.


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After seeing the exhibition in Auckland, this book is an excellent collection with some interesting information.
I bought this as a present for my Dad and would highly recommend it. Printed well on hard back this book is one to be looked after.
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A walk through rock and roll history through the photographers lens. As a keen photographer and musician this scores on both counts for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book, LOVE this author, LOVE ROCK AND ROLL 15 Nov. 2009
By J. Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautiful. From the quirky photo of Tina Turner on the cover, to each beautifully composed story Gail tells about her selected photographers, and favorite photographs- some which have defined how we view Rock and Roll (and when I say view I mean VIEW, not how we hear Rock and Roll, but which images, and how these images define what Rock and Roll means to each and every one of us.)
I suggest anyone who is a fan of photography and Rock and Roll should pick up a copy, and ANYONE who just enjoys Rock and Roll in general, should flip through the book, nonetheless buy it, to get a good sound, visually enticing education in ROCK AND ROLL!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, detailed coffee table book 1 Feb. 2010
By Elizabeth Lampen - Published on Amazon.com
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Great coffee table book, with some depth behind it. Wonderful photographs from many of the great rock photographers of that era, capturing some incredibly memorable moments. The photos are a wonderful mix of black and white, candid, posed, and stage shots. The essays that accompany the photographs in the book as interesting and important as the photographs themselves, all are matched well with their accompanying picture.

Wonderful book for anyone who loves music, photography, or the culture of that era.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celebrating the unsung heroes of rock and roll 7 Nov. 2010
By Brian W. Fairbanks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present by Gail Buckland is a celebration of the unsung heroes of the music that shook the world: the photographers. Although the marriage of music and imagery was taken to unnecessary extremes in the MTV age ("Why can't video find its own niche in life and get off music's back," Keith Richards said), still photography was instrumental in making stars of rock performers and capturing the excitement they generated.

The book begins (and ends), as it should, with Elvis (and I mean Presley, not the bespectacled New Wave twerp who took his name). There may have been rock 'n' rollers before him, but he was the music's first and greatest "star." The photo by William V. (Red) Robertson of Presley, eyes closed, mouth wide open in seemingly orgasmic joy or anguish, legs akimbo, and hand banging on a guitar, shot on a Tampa, Florida stage in 1955, captured the raw power of the performer and rock 'n' roll in general several months before they took the world by storm. A cropped version of the photo became the now famous cover shot of Presley's first RCA Victor album.

All the greats who followed in the King's footsteps are represented in this collection, the best of which offer the kind of glimpse at a performer that few shutterbugs can capture today when publicists package and control every aspect of a star's public life. Sometimes, though, they get lucky. Ian Tilton captured Kurt Cobain in tears backstage in 1990, an image that is more haunting now due to the Nirvana frontman's suicide. It's certainly a more powerful image than the staged photos of Eminem and Lil Kim by David Lachapelle in which the calculation involved renders them instantly forgettable. That's a matter of personal taste, I suppose. For me, still photography's power is in capturing, rather than creating, a moment, as Lynn Goldsmith did in a magnificent shot of an exhausted Mick Jagger at the climax of a 1978 Rolling Stones stadium show in California. Surrounded by shoes that excited fans threw on stage, the singer looks like a man who just spent eight hours digging ditches, and now wants only to sleep. The photo depicts the work involved in a performance. It may only be rock 'n' roll, but for Jagger, it requires the stamina of an athlete.

An earlier photo of the Stones by Philip Townsend, a posed shot from 1963 before the band had a record contract, was meant to make them look "mean and nasty." If it succeeded, it was only in contrast to the squeaky-clean Beatles who tried to look nasty themselves in the now famous photos of the then leather clad musicians in Hamburg. The Stones look almost cuddly here, though less so than they did in a photo that isn't included, but which was part of the exhibit inspired by this book at the Akron Art Museum. In that take, the Stones pose with a shaggy dog who brings a big smile to Keith Richards's unlined, innocent face.

There are shots of Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry, the Clash, the Sex Pistols, as well as such current performers as Jay Z. One of the most amusing shots is of a pre--stardom Jimi Hendrix, in a bow tie (!), playing behind Wilson Pickett during a nightclub appearance. Hendrix looks nothing like the mod hipster guitarist that the world remembers, whose image is also captured in an appropriately psychedilic image and setting his instrument on fire at Woodstock. Buckland's text is informative, offering insight into each photograph, and providing comments by the photographers themselves.

Brian W. Fairbanks
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazin rock & roll photos! 8 April 2012
By Mehaudy S. Roberto - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book to sit quietly and enjoy. The images are just incredible, many of them rare and quite unusual. The comments on each picture are more than interesting. Even I was not acquainted with its contents, it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise when I started browsing its pages from the beginning to the end. Don't waste your time. Go now and buy it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant photographic record of rock and roll 22 Jan. 2011
By alexander spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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An amazing overview of the marvelous photographers who "shot" rock and roll images from the beginning of the rock era to the present. The author, Gail Buckland, an accomplished and well respected photographic historian, uncovered previously undiscovered images and combined them with a text that brings the rock and roll performers and their performances to life. What a fabulous visual feast and a wonderful read for anyone who appreciates photography and music!
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