Thursday, January 3, 2008

Rock and Roll

Boomers and all other right-thinking lovers of the true rock 'n' roll will not want to miss this album of photographs by Lynn Goldsmith. Starting in the early 60's doing promotions for Electra Records, Goldsmith worked in many capacities in the world of rock and roll, but it was as a photographer that she achieved near legendary status. Musicians loved her work and granted her unprecedented access both on and off the stage. Perhaps it is this mutual affection that uniquely informs these photos - there is something exquisitely personal revealed in almost everyone of them. Though not comprehensive - a few of my favorites were missing - this is a marvelous portrait of an era from James Brown to Kiss; people of a certain age will find the coverage of Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen especially appealing.

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