Legendary rock photographer Michael Putland will showcase his work at London's Getty Images Gallery this month. Here's a sneaky preview of some of his finest work, starting with
The Clash, photographed in NYC, 1978, with captions from Putland himself.
The Rolling Stones, London, 1974
"We did two video shoots in one day, finishing about 6am. This was from the first one for 'It's Only Rock'n'Roll (But I Like It)'. We were slow getting started because Keith didn't turn up. We filled the tent with foam and it got so full we nearly drowned by the end."
Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, New York, 1979
"They did a tour with just the two of them, maybe in one of those periods where Mick and Keith weren't getting on. They called themselves The New Barbarians and asked if I'd come and shoot it. I wasn't expecting anything, but it was really wonderful."
David Bowie, London, 1976
"This was on the Thin White Duke tour at Wembley. It was a brilliant show, that's all I can really remember."
Robert Smith of The Cure, Brazil, 1987
"I was on tour with them in Brazil and we stopped off in a hill top village with this wonderful church and did some portraits. It's rather embarrassing because I didn't really know The Cure very well and I didn't realise that part of his craft was the lipstick. So when I did some close ups I pointed out the smudge and he just looked at me."
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Berkshire, 1971
"It was taken in the room of his house where the 'Imagine' video was shot. I'd shot him a couple of days before for a magazine that had then written something that pissed him off. I was nervous about meeting him again, but when he opened the door, he put his arm around me and was like 'Hello mate, come and look around!'. He was a gentleman."
Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh, New York, 1978
"Mick had just come off stage so that's why he looks like that and it was just a lovely atmosphere backstage. I'd shot Bob Marley a couple of times before and he was lovely. It was like Piccadilly Circus in the dressing room even though there were only twelve people in there."
Leonard Cohen, London, 1974
"How can anyone look that cool in bare feet? He really sells it. I'd shot him twice and he's the most laid back, wonderful man. I remember he walked in with an impossibly beautiful girl so there was every reason to hate him, but he was a really fantastic man."
Bruce Springsteen, US west coast tour, 1978
"It was either in San Diego or Phoenix and I did a couple of days on the road just shooting the shows more than anything else. Just before the shot, he and the saxophonist had both jumped right over my head into the front row of the audience. They were so close I couldn't even photograph them."
The Who, London Wembley, 1975
"I shot The Who so many times. They were quite difficult to shoot live because they move quite quickly, but I probably shot them live around 20 or 30 times. They were punk, I think Townshend is a genius - no one has been as rude and as sweet to me as him but I didn't care because I think he's just a wonderful man."
Siouxsie Sioux, London, August 1980
"This was probably one of my favourite shoots, it was really great. She had this stroppy image, but she was divine and all that hair covered the most beautiful eyes. It was shot in somebody's flat in Marylebone if I remember."
Marc Bolan, tour bus, 1972
"He's holding my camera. Marc was very full of himself, but he was a lovely guy. I worked with him an awful lot and he'd use my camera. You had to set everything all up for him before, this was before the days of autofocus and all that."
Duran Duran, London, 1981
"I worked a lot with Duran Duran in the early days. I actually took John and Mick to Studio 54 when it was very difficult to get in - I was never that cool and I didn't think we'd get in, but that was one of my coolest moments when I did that. They were fabulous guys; I really liked them."
Gene Simmons of Kiss, New York, 1977
"You couldn't make this one up, could you? She was one of the hall people who looked after the backstage area." All images credited to Michael Putland. The exhibition will run from October 22 to November 22 at the Getty Images Gallery in Oxford Circus.