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Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons Hardcover – November 4, 2014
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A fine collection and excellent retrospective. With both color and black and white images taken at myriad sites and in Webster’s studio, this book captures the vibe and ethos of its time, yet don’t seem at all dated. Webster has his own voice, and was able to photograph his subjects with an ease and naturalness that any photographer should aspire to. See it for yourself.”
Every big shot will appreciate this hugely impressive Big Shots” book gallery of iconic celebrity photos by Guy Webster who created some of the most memorable images from 1960s Hollywood.”
[Guy Webster’s] candid shots were audacious and revealing...So many of them were defining. Like the sepia one of a young Hush Puppy wearing Van Dyke Parks on the cover of Song Cycle. It’s perfect. It visually defines the artist as intensely as does the music...Webster’s cinema celebrity photographs are equally evocative and iconic.”
"The Kubernik brothers' breathless, succinct summaries capture the era's momentous cultural changes, as well as the historic dynamic reflected in Webster's portraits."
Beginning with his controversial cover shot of The Mamas and the Papas first album, Webster would go on to photograph musicians and actors...whose work would go on to indelibly shape the decade. Big Shots is a fascinating overview of one of rock photography’s early innovators, whose career spanned more than 40 years.”
Guy Webster was the photographer of '60's counterculture, capturing intimate portraits of young talent like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jack Nicholson before they became American legends...It's very glamorous and very rock n' roll.”
The Daily Beast
Throughout his decades-long career, photographer Guy Webster has captured some of the most iconic figures in music, film and politics from the Rolling Stones to Dean Martin to Bill Clinton during their prime.”
"A thrill for anyone interested in the L.A. music and film scene of the ’60s and ’70s, when artists were breaking boundaries and building a new aesthetic...In this age of Instagram and Tumblr and Snapchat, Webster’s photos remind readers of the beauty of a timeless picture."
About the Author
Harvey Kubernik has been a noted author, popular music journalist, and record producer for more than forty years. A former West Coast director of A&R for MCA Records, Kubernik is the author of several books, including Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon, A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival, It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Invade America and Hollywood, and Turn Up the Radio! Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles 1956–1972. He lives in Los Angeles.
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For lovers of the gorgeous 60's album covers or of the 60's Hollywood stars, this large book has it all. These photographs embody all the beauty of the sixties, close up, in large breathtaking portraits and scenes. Guy Webster not only captures the details of the stars in their close up portraits, he captures their very essence. The same goes for his fantastic album covers- you can almost feel the sunlight coming through the trees in his Simon and Garfunkel photos for the album Sounds Of Silence. I will list some of the famous people who are magnificently portrayed on these large pages that simply take your breath away. As if the photos aren't enough, Guy also has many comments from what he recalls of his photo shoots with the 60's most gorgeous people, as well as some of the star's comments. There are not enough STARS to rate this book, but if 5 STARS is the highest, Guy Webster deserves 10.
Who you'll find inside:
MUSICIANS, ALBUM COVERS:
The Doors, Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek
The Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman
Simon And Garfunkel
Sonny and Cher
The Mamas And Papas, Michelle Phillips, John Phillips
The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson
The Byrds, David Crosby
Paul Revere And The Raiders
Andrew Loog Oldham
The Who, John Entwistle
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Don Van Vliet
Chicago, Robert Lamm
Earth, Wind & Fire
Van Dyke Parks
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Martin Landau & Barbara Bain
Jill St. John
Leigh Taylor Young
Guy Webster and Family
Thank you very much,
Co-author of "Big Shots"