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Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955-Present Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 20, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307270165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307270160
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buckland's visually hypnotic history of rock photography is as much a history of rock as subject as it is of photography. In fact, it is the inseparability of the two that lies at the heart of Buckland's argument. Here are nearly 300 iconic photographs by those photographers who understood the power of the image in the formation and sustenance of rock-and-roll culture from 1955 onward. The care with which Buckland selects representative photographers and their most significant images is matched by her interpretive prowess. In her comparison of photographs by Mick Rock and Masayoshi Sukita of David Bowie's 1973 tour, for example, Buckland demonstrates no discernible difference in affection for the pop star among teenagers on three continents. Such observations stand testament to the scope of Buckland's inquiry, which throughout the book directs us over and over toward the definitive visual responses of rock fans as well as the musicians, be it through the gestures of physical expression or choices in fashion. Buckland carefully but deliberately argues that the art of rock photography has been sacrificed to the paparazzi and corporate art departments. In light of this inclusive, heady and visceral collection of the genre's best, it would be hard to argue otherwise. (Nov.)
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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.”
 
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“A very appealing collection of photography. . . impressive.”
 
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Chen on November 15, 2009
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Lampen on February 1, 2010
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mehaudy S. Roberto on April 7, 2012
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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!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Fairbanks VINE VOICE on November 7, 2010
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alexander spencer on January 22, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 25, 2013
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Gail Buckland's WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL, A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY, 1955 TO THE PRESENT is an appealing look at rock photography of the past 50 years from both sides of the lens. It's an interesting mix of imagery and commentary which should delight rock fans.

Buckland's book presents 200-odd b&w and color rock images complimented by comments from the photographer. Over 100 'shooters' are featured including Bob Gruen, Alfred Werheimer, Robert Whitaker, Art Kane, Guy Webster, Richard Avedon, 'Popsie' Randolph, Bob Seideman, Barrie Wentzell and Annie Leibovitz. Often the photographer's words not only describe the image but also gives background information on the artist and his times.

In short, the images and words found IN WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL make up an enjoyable, often insightful magical, mystery (rock n' roll) tour of the past decades. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brooklynkid on December 16, 2012
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This book was purchased because I was on a study group for the Rock and Roll Photography Exhibition at the Museum where I am a Docent. I found the images beautifully reproducted and the information well written.
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Its too easy to forget the contribution that photography made to the legend of rock and roll. This book reminds us of the days past.
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