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Iconic rock'n'roll photography by Lawrence Watson

  • Acclaimed rock photographer Lawrence Watson has just released a new book 'The World Is Yours' which documents his thirty years in the business. Keep clicking for exclusive shots of Morrissey, Ian Brown, Oasis, The Smiths and more alongside some personal insights from the man himself. This photograph of Blur was shot for a Rockin' On magazine cover session in a studio in north London.

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  • Rock photographer Lawrence Watson has just released a new book 'The World Is Yours', which documents his thirty years in the business. On shooting Grace Jones: "I was fortunate to get chosen to do all of her press for her new album. She’s amazing and it’s a pleasure to work with her, I thought she would have gone for a big fashion photographer. She lived up to my expectations and more."

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  • Jon McClure from Reverend And The Makers on the 'Champion Of The World' video shoot. Lawrence Watson recalls: "He was doing all those characters for the video shoot and I just shot the one where he’s in the butchers outfit." Lawrence Watson's new book The World is Yours, in conjunction with Adidas's 60th anniversary, is published in June 2009, £25.

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  • Madness: "This was shot up in Camden - it might have been when they’d had a bit of break and came back again. They’re all lovely lads. I’ve done a couple of videos with Suggsy, he’s another Chelsea boy so we get on very well together."

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  • Tom Waits: "I shot this in Compton in L.A expecting him to be drinking and smoking the whole time, but he turned up and asked for a pint of lemonade, so there you go! Celebrities aren’t always what you want them to be or what you think they’ll be."

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  • Oasis, as seen on the inner sleeve of 'Don't Believe The Truth': "This was shot in a park in London. I’m not going to mention where because I’ll probably get in trouble or charged by the park. Initially Noel had the idea of doing the shoot on suicide bridge to get the London history in the background but that sort of thing doesn’t really work. It’s fine for the human eye to look at it but once you put four people in front of it you don’t really see much."
    Lawrence Watson's new book The World is Yours, in conjunction with Adidas's 60th anniversary, is published in June 2009, £25.

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  • Lawrence Watson went over to Philadelphia to shoot LL Cool J for a feature on the 1980's hip hop explosion for NME. He was the only photographer in the pit for this show in which the Beastie Boys and Run DMC provided support slots. '"That was the beginning of their first big tour in America" he remembers.

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  • Oasis, Glasgow Hamden Park Stadium: '"An amazing venue and an amazing stadium. This was during the 'Don't Believe The Truth' tour in 2006. I’ve done a lot of work for them over the past few years." Watson also used an old Bolex camera to shoot some of the bonus footage at Abbey Road for the 'Dig Out Your Soul' DVD.

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  • The Smiths, Oldham Road, Albert Finney Shop: "Morrissey had found this old shop on the Oldham Road. He always puts a lot of thought into his photos. We shot it in a cold February and later that year they broke up so it was the last ever NME shoot that they had as a group."

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  • Michael Hutchence: "This was done for Spin magazine - taken in some hotel up north. I haven’t got a record of many of these because they took all the negatives back to Australia. It's one of the few photo sessions I haven’t got a record of. Michael was a charming fellow."

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  • Jesus And Mary Chain shot for the cover of NME in the 1980's. "I try to keep an open mind when taking photos, if you put too much on the artist then you’ll probably end up disappointed."
    Lawrence Watson's new book The World is Yours, in conjunction with Adidas's 60th anniversary, is published in June 2009, £25.

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  • The Charlatans, Wales: "I think this was for a 'Rockin' On' session. I shot them behind a famous studio in Wales which had a lovely garden behind it. I usually shoot on location or in the recording studios where the bands can feel more comfortable."

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  • Snoop Dogg: '"This was with Gavin Martin for Loaded magazine. He did all his video shoots nocturnally so we’d arrive at the video shoot about midnight and be up until 5am in the morning. We were actually shooting in this used prison in LA and I think I’m probably one of the only people who's shot Snoop Dogg behind bars!"

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