A new exhibition celebrates the NME photography of Peter Anderson. Then And There, Here And Now runs until September 26 at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London. Pictured here is Madonna, in Soho, 1983, shortly after releasing her first hit, ‘Holiday’.
The Rolling Stones outside Le Beate Route club, Soho, 1982. It was unusual for a veteran rock group to play there. Along with the Blitz club, Beate Route was instrumental in popularising the New Romantic scene, hosting gigs by the likes of Culture Club and Spandau Ballet.
Producer Rick Rubin photographed in Hollywood, 1989. The exhibition of Peter Anderson’s work aims to reveal a lesser-known side of the 80s. According to the press release: “Far from the careful, artful poses that are often characterise the image-conscious 80s, these spontaneous shots reveal the sheer vitality of the era. In retrospect it becomes a blur of ideas.”
The Stone Roses photographed in 1989, shortly after the release of their self-titled debut album. Around this time, frontman Ian Brown bragged to NME: “We’re the most important group in the world, because we’ve got the best songs and we haven’t even begun to show our potential yet.”
U2’s Bono puts his fists up, Madrid, 1986. A few months later, U2 released ‘The Joshua Tree’ and became one of the biggest bands in the world.
Joe Strummer photographed in Shoreditch, 1988 – a time when the ex-Clash man was in the wilderness, career-wise, and east London was still a pretty bleak and derelict place, as opposed to the hipster haven it is now.
Henry Rollins, shot in the mid-80s, back when he still fronted hardcore punks Black Flag. These days he’s less angry shouter, more cerebral media figure. In addition to his spoken-word tours, he has recently appeared as an actor in the TV drama Sons Of Anarchy, and writes a column for Vanity Fair online.
Iggy Pop in Mayfair, west London, 1986. Peter Anderson was a staff photographer at NME in the 1980s, and has also worked for publications that include The Face, iD and Rolling Stone.
Run DMC, photographed for NME in Berlin, 1987. At that time, the hip-hop trio were riding high on the back of ‘Walk This Way’.
Metallica haven’t often appeared in the pages of NME, but they did in 1987. In the background is bass player Justin Newsted, who had recently joined the band in the wake of Cliff Burton’s death.
Marvin Gaye, west Hollywood, photographed for NME in 1982, the same year he released ‘Sexual Healing’. Gaye died two years later, after being shot by his father.