Proud Galleries: The best of 2008


Joanna Newsom performs live. The Californian harpist played a rare UK show this year, appearing at Latitude Festival in June 2008. Unfortunately her lack of regular live experience got the better of her and she forgot the words to her song ‘Sawdust And Diamonds’.
Pic: Mattia Zopellaro/Proud Galleries


Punk veterans the Sex Pistols headlined the Isle Of Wight festival in June 2008 (obviously minus the late Sid Vicious, second right) during which frontman John Lydon threatened to murder audience members, and described fellow headliners The Police as "bumholes". The band are rumoured to be working on new material for 2009.
Pic: Urbanimage.TV/Adrian Boot/Proud Galleries


Mick Jagger, photographed by Ethan Russell during the Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour. This image is a personal favourite of Proud Galleries curator Sam Talbot. "It’s from my favourite show of the year," he explains. "Ethan travelled across the US with the Stones back in the time when they flew economy and travelled with a team of 10, including the band. Ethan had amazing access to the band, something you just don’t get nowadays."



This 1962 image of Bob Dylan formed part of the exhibition ‘Thin Wild Mercury: Photographs of Bob Dylan by Jerry Schatzberg’, shown at Proud Central, London. Janine Limb, Gallery Manager, has chosen this as her favourite image of the year: "Jerry shot the artwork for ‘Blonde On Blonde’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’. He’s an amazing photographer and his friendship with Dylan really shows in his images."


Johnny Cash, photographed by Leigh Wiener. From the exhibition ‘Johnny Cash: A Definitive Portrait’, shown at Proud Central. Kate Boenigk, Managing Director of Proud, explains why she loves this image. "It’s amazing. It was taken at a time when it was not possible to digitally alter images, yet this is perfect."


Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten, the Sex Pistols. This image was part of the exhibition ‘Sid Vicious: No One is Innocent’ at Proud Camden. John Lydon hit the headlines in 2008 when he allegedly verbally insulted Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke backstage at the Summercase festival in Barcelona.


Johnny Cash, photographed by Andy Earl. Taken from ‘Johnny Cash: A
Definitive Portrait’, shown at Proud Central in May 2008. This image found its way on to the artwork of Cash’s acclaimed comeback album ‘American Recordings’, released in 1994.



Muddy Waters, photographed by Ralph Fales. This image formed part of the ‘Blues Anthology’ exhibition shown at Proud Camden. Waters, real name McKinley Morganfield, was an influence on generations of rock musicians. The Rolling Stones named themselves after his 1950 song ‘Rollin’ Stone’, while AC/DC named their song ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ in tribute to Waters’ song ‘You Shook Me’.


Elton John, photographed by Terry O’Neill. From the exhibition ‘Eltonography’, shown at Proud Camden’s South Gallery. O’Neill recalls: "[Elton] was such a great person to photograph, though the amazing thing is he hated it. Then when he played he dropped his inhibitions and just went flat out."

Picture shows Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty, photographed by John Wright. The Babyshambles man had a typically chaotic year in 2008. One of the most bizarre episodes came when Babyshambles were banned from performing at Wiltshire’s Moonfest festival in August because local police feared the band Doherty would incite the crowd to violence. A spokesman explained: "What he does as part of his routine is to gee up the crowd. They speed up and then slow down the music and create a whirlpool effect in the crowd. They [the crowd] all get geed up and then they start fighting."