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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994058
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.2 x 13.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynn Goldsmith’s work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People and many other magazines. Among her ten books are PhotoDiary, NY Times Bestseller New Kids, Springsteen: Access All Areas, and Flower. A director as well as a photographer, Goldsmith was the youngest member ever to be inducted into the Director’s Guild of America. She lives in New York City and Aspen, Colorado.

Iggy Pop, formerly of the Stooges, is the godfather of punk.

More About the Author

Lynn Goldsmith's imagery is in numerous collections: The Smithsonian, The Polaroid 
Collection, The Kodak Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of 
Contemporary Photography, and the permanent collection of Museum Folkwang. She is a 
multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, The New Yorker, etc. 
Her subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to 
authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Her forty years of photography 
have not only been an investigation into the nature of the human spirit, but also into the 
natural wonders of our planet.

Twelve books of her photography have been published. She has been on The New York Times Best Seller list as well as won two Art Direction awards for them: Titles include Rock and Roll Stories, The Police: 1978-1983, Bruce Springsteen- Access All Areas, 
The Police, New Kids, Circus Dreams, PhotoDiary, and 
Flower. Lynn's professional achievements are in no way limited to the world of 
photography. She is the youngest member ever to be accepted into the DGA (Director's 
Guild of America). In 1971, she was the director of Joshua Television, the first company 
to do video magnification for rock groups entertaining at large venues. In 1972, she was 
a director for the first rock show on network television: ABC's "In Concert". In 1973, Lynn 
directed "We're An American Band", the first music documentary to be released as a 
theatrical short. In the mid-seventies, Lynn stopped directing to concentrate 
fully on photography. 

She has been a consistent contributor to the highly acclaimed series of Day in the Life 
of books series as well as many other photography collections.

By the early 80's Lynn departed from the worlds of both photography and film, to 
become the first 'optic-music' artist. Using the a.k.a. Will Powers, she produced the album 
"Dancing For Mental Health" on Island Records. Lynn's written songs with recording 
artists Sting, Steve Winwood, Todd Rundgren and Nile Rodgers. Her debut 
album won critical acclaim and her single, Kissing With Confidence, reached #3 on the 
British charts. As was her plan, the videos from the album which she produced and 
directed became more than commercials for the record. They were used by the 
United States Department of Labor to inspire unemployed youths, and by the National 
Marriage Counsel in England. Will Powers' videos have also been used by Harvard 
University to help with language instruction, and by other schools throughout the United 
States for their individual teaching needs. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City 
has two Will Powers videos in their permanent collection as she was among the first to do 3-dimensional computer animation.

Though a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Michigan, with a B.A. in 
both English and Psychology, Lynn considers herself a self-taught artist and 
entrepreneur. She was the founder of LGI Photo Agency, an organization which 
represented the work of over two hundred worldwide photographers. Established in 
1976, LGI was the first agency to specialize in servicing celebrity portraiture for 
editorial usage. LGI was sold in 1997 so that Lynn could more fully focus on creating images. 



The wide range of Lynn's talents, skills and achievements are products of a belief she 
holds constant: Creativity is based on breaking limiting thought patterns
, thus making anything possible.

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Picture quality is excellent.
Becky
Bought this wonderful art-photo book as a gift for my rock-n-roll loving friend.
T. Neal
This book is an amazing chronicle of Rock N Roll from the 70's through 80's.
colormagickid

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dancin' Homer on October 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The photos that make up "Rock and Roll" take me back to a time when music was allowed to dominate my life - before careers, mortgages, and family forced it to a role of mere coexistence; when the musical giants pictured within were more god than human. And this book does an amazing job of feeding that hero-worship - it's oversized pages make the stars seem bigger than life. However, "Rock and Roll" is more than just a nostalgia trip - Goldsmith's photos show their subjects in settings both familiar and unfamiliar, thereby both re-affirming and contributing to our impressions of them.

Bottom line, this is a very cool book filled with amazing photos that any fan of rock & roll will enjoy.

One of the many artist quotes found inside is from Sting: "It's fun to visit the past, as long as you don't go back permanently." I may not go back permanently, but with this book I will definitely go back frequently!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Gorelick on October 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This new large sized coffee table book by the legendary photographer Lynn Goldsmith is beyond superb. From the slick vellum cover with its well-chosen scrawled "rock and roll" font, to the several legendary images within, the book is a true masterpiece and probably one of her best.

Through Lynn's eyes and Iggy Pop's well chosen introductory words, the reader gets a rare glimpse into Lynn's colorful, art filled world of hard rock, blues, punk, pop, rap, beauty, intelligence, blood, sweat and guts. Lynn is all over the place in this book, right there on stage with a sweaty 1978 Mick Jagger, underneath a bloody Sid Vicious, thoughtfully shooting icons like Tom Waits and a young Bruce Springsteen (in very personal moments), to capturing the sex appeal of the early Van Halen and exposing the cool iced grace of Lou Reed. Lynn's ability to try so many kinds of shots and evoke so much raw emotion from her subjects is part of her brilliance and charm. She can even get whimsy out of angry subjects like Roger Daltry and then create iconic, legendary pictures of Frank Zappa, Patti Smith, Grand Funk Railroad, and so many more. Her timing couldn't be better as she always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Whether it's getting a perfect snaggle toothed Johnny Rotten or being right there when Tina Turner is letting it all hang out, Lynn just has her pulse on not only the music, but the places to be when that music is going down.

Lynn, to me, is also far better than most in her league because she is able to work in so many different moods, styles and settings with ease. Her live shots are just incredible, filled with energy and emotion; just see her Bruce and The E Street band shots for a taste, or the fantastic James Brown images. The shows become alive right there on paper.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blaise Morris on October 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With Rock and Roll, she again delivers an Artist's styling, a poet's phrasing, and a historian's perspective to her work that makes this a must have companion to PhotoDiary. Lynn provides an insiders view into some of the biggest and most influential names in music. This is more than just a collection of photographs, it's a vivid and compelling travelogue through the broad landscape of contemporary music over the past three (nearly four) decades.
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By Benjamin on December 13, 2010
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Lots of pictures. Heavy book. I really liked the captions in the back so they don't interfere with the full photos. The fold out photos are an interesting idea but if they're not placed back exactly right they will get bent easily so watch out. I got the collectors edition which comes with a book jacket. The 'Rock and Roll' is actually printed on the book jacket. My cat got to the book jacket and chewed the edges.

Also, being as Lynn is a die-hard Stones fan, there are no pictures of The Beatles or Elvis.
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By Liz Martin on November 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lynn Goldsmith has been the supreme chronicler of all things Rock in the last 40 years and some of her best photographs are in this book. You get goosebumps as you thumb through the more than 300 pages of images and immerse yourself in memories of the times.

No one captures the passion of an artist quite like Goldsmith, it is no wonder that Tom Petty calls her "the best Rock and Roll photographer."

This book, in a word, rocks.
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Format: Hardcover
A really nice collection of photos capturing the attitude and essence of what was so special about rock music back in the day. I am so glad I bought this. I have been passing it around at work to some of the old heads and we have all really enjoyed talking about "back in the day". We even all brought our old concert ticket stubs and shared stories of some of the great shows that we had been to. I highly recommend!
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By Mike G on July 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great book, fast delivery.As advertised! I would buy from them again.
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By Paul on June 24, 2014
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If you're a classic rock fan then you're going to love this book. Its filled cover to cover with awesome photographs (many portrait, many candid), and the "surprise" fold out pages are a work of art unto themselves. The photo pages are void of any written copy so as to not spoil the view, however, the final pages of the book provide you with details and some commentary on every pic. So if you're into rock and roll and appreciate fine photography, don't hesitate..buy the book!
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