Review: ROCK FACES: WORLD’S TOP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THEIR GREATEST IMAGES

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ROCK FACES: WORLD’S TOP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THEIR GREATEST IMAGES 

Oliver Craske
Rockport Publishers
Street: 08.2004

 

From one’s youth and throughout one’s life, there will always be a photograph or a number of photographs that touch the very heart of your existence. A powerful, artistically rendered photograph can establish an intriguing rock-star image of a particular artist that creates a persona that you buy into, whether by just purchasing their album or obsessing over them. Rock Faces, a large, gorgeous hardback compilation of 12 rock n’ roll photographers and their portfolios, holds an amazing display of numerous epic, original photographs by the best photographers in the business. Oliver Craske compiles and introduces us to 40 years of rock ‘n’ roll photography, sharing stories from each photographer about their photos and the artists behind them. This book dives into the portfolios of such great photographers as Mick Rock, Gered Mankowitz and Danny Clinch, showcasing new and classic artists such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Björk, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Marylin Manson and Tupac. This book holds numerous classic and memorable photos such as Mick Rock’s cover shot for Lou Reed’s Transformer, and Bob Gruen’s bloody depiction of Sid Vicious in 1978 at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Tex. Whether you are a music or photography enthusiast, this is a must-have for your personal library or your coffee table. –Nate Millard