NME’s Andy Willsher has opened a new gallery in Bedford, showcasing the best in rock and roll photgraphy and called Rock City Art. Here’s some selected shots from the exhibition. The Libertines, by Roger Sargent, London 2003. An outtake from the now famous red military jacket shoot.
Beth Ditto, Andy Fallon 2006. Andy says of the snap: “I’d always loved the shot of Mama Cass, by photographer Jerry Schatzberg. I thought she would be perfect to emulate the 60s icon.”
Dave Grohl, Andy Cotterill, Munich 2007. Andy remembers: “This was shot on the roof of a hotel in Munich in 2007. Great bloke…”
The Strokes, Andy Cotterill, London, March 2000. He says:” I didn’t know what to expect with these guys, as often you don’t with new bands. Julian was detached from the rest of the them on the bed, and it looked far more interesting to me from this angle. Funny shot! “
Ian Brown, Andy Willshire, London July 1997. “Ian Brown was playing me ‘The Harder They Come’ by Jimmy Cliff when this was taken.:
Lily Allen by Mick Hutson, Glastonbury, 28 June 2009. Hutson remembers: “I was onstage with a very nervous Lily Allen. She stole the show.”
Kurt Cobain by Maryn Goodacre, Shephed’s Bush, 1990. “I had to meet the band and their PR Anton Brooks at the Dalmacia hotel in Shepherds Bush. It was really a bed and breakfast and they were all staying in the basement. I dragged them outside but it was freezing so the session didn’t last long.”
Eminem, Roger Sargent, Texas 1999. He says: “We joined the rapper on the Vans Warped Tour. I’d shot his live show and set up lights and camera by the fence from the stage to the backstage area. It wasn’t the greatest of backdrops ’till I shouted to passing fans to come and join in. Just after this shot some of the kids started to climb the fence and the shoot came to an abrupt end!”
Green Day, Paul Harries, 2009. He says: “This shot is largely about Billie Joe Armstrong’s eyes which I think really pop out of the frame. But I think that Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool look really good in this picture as well. The three of them really look united as if they are a team (which, of course, they are).”
My Chemical Romance, Andy Fallon, 2008. He says it was, “shot in Atlanta. My favourite gang in the film The Warriors was the Baseball Furies and the band willingly played the part for me.”
Sid and Nancy, Steve Emberton, London January 1978. He remembers: “When I arrived with a journalist at Sid’s mews house in Maida Vale, London, one afternoon in January 1978 to do an interview and photo shoot, Sid and Nancy were still in bed!”
Lemmy, Mick Hutson, Kilminster June 2006. Mick remembers: “We shot in his hotel room with the help of 40 cigarettes and a bottle of Jack Daniels.”
Bob Marley, Steve Emberton, Cardiff June 1976. He says: “I loved Bob Marley’s music so I jumped at the chance to photograph him performing with his band at Ninian Park Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on the 19th June 1976. Bob put on a great show despite the fact it rained the whole time.”
Beck, Andy Cotterill, London. Andy remembers: “It was shot in London at the Covent Garden Hotel. He was a very quiet but charming guy.”
The Clash, Steve Emberton, December 1976, London. He remembers: “The Clash were due to rehearse at a studio in Chalk Farm, London on the 1st December 1976 and I was able to get some shoots of them in the changing room prior to them going into the studio.”
Amy Winehouse by Andy Willsher, Isle Of Wight, June 14th 2007. A great way to remember her. Check out Andy’s Rock City Art website for more info on the gallery.
AC/DC, Paul Harries, Wembley Stadium , June 2009. He remembers: “I just caught this shot of Angus cocking his leg as he was running back to stage along the ego ramp.”
Pat Smear, Dave Grohl, Tony Woolliscroft. July 2011, Milton Keynes Bowl. He remembers: “Dave Grohl and Pat Smear take 10 minutes out during soundcheck at the Foo Fighters massive Milton Keynes gigs in the summer. The band spent most of Friday afternoon running through their set list to be played over the weekend.”
Metallica, Mick Hutson, New York, April 4th 2003. He remembers: “We briefly and illegally closed the road with black stretched limos. Lars is pointing at me and James is laughing as irate cab drivers scream abuse.”
Thom Yorke, Andy Willsher, July 1995 Milton Keynes Bowl. He says it was: “Taken during some downtime, while the band prepared to support REM.”
Dave Navarro, Andy Fallon, London, October 2003. He says it was: “Shot backstage at the Brixtion Academy. The gin was flowing and I had about 30 minutes to shoot the band for an NME cover. There were many many girls and it was exactly the type of backstage atmosphere you dream of.”
Liam Gallagher, Andy Willsher, October 2008, Wembley. He said: “It was shot at Wembley stadium, while they announced what would be their last ever shows together.”
Depeche Mode, Andy Cotteril, Charlotte Street, London, 2007. He remembers: “This picture was shot in the screening room of the Charlotte Street Hotel. Dave looked great in his suit. I don’t normally enjoy shooting in rooms with no windows but this worked as a great cover shot.”
Carl Barat by Roger Sargent, Mexico. Rock City Art, the UK’s first dedicated music photography gallery opens this weekend (December 3). For more information head to the Rock City Art website.