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Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955-Present

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
More than two hundred spectacular photographs, sensual, luminous, frenzied, true, from 1955 to the present, that catch and define the energy, intoxication, rebellion, and magic of rock and roll; the first book to explore the photographs and the photographers who captured rock’s message of freedom and personal reinvention—and to examine the effect of their pictures on the m ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Knopf (first published 2009)
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Tom
Apr 23, 2010 Tom rated it liked it
Good photography, well displayed in a large format--but the book's arrangement is poor, neither by photographer or decade. Not only will a single photographer's work appear multiple times throughout the book (with a statement about the photographer's work accompanying each entry), not only will the sequence of photographs not follow a coherent sequence, many of the brief descriptions accompanying each photograph are only completed at the end of the book, in the way magazines complete articles at ...more
Chris Faraone
Jan 26, 2013 Chris Faraone rated it it was amazing
With Who Shot Rock & Roll, iconic photo editor Gail Buckland performs a tremendous service for the culture voyeur in us all. After spelunking the portfolios of 100 acclaimed music photographers, she emerged with nearly 300 pages of public and candid moments that warrant significant stares. Some selections— like Mark Seliger's tortured Kurt Cobain portrait and Max Vadukul's shot of Amy Winehouse fingering herself — are everyday images at this point. Others — such as Ricky Powell's pic of Meth ...more
Danielle
Nov 12, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, music
I "read" this in, like, an hour. It's mostly pictures. There is a big emphasis on knowing and caring about who the photographers are, so it's really more a history of Rock and Roll photography than of rock and roll itself. But, it was worth perusing for an afternoon.
Tressa
Aug 26, 2011 Tressa rated it really liked it
Some of the photos have some history attached to them, but it would have been more fun for those involved posing for or taking the photo to reminisce about that moment.

I just flipped through it for the stunning pictures that took me on a short trip down memory lane.
Tom Mueller
Dec 12, 2009 Tom Mueller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
A great proverbial walk down memory lane.
Jam packed with photos - including a great number of non-traditional (i.e. not studio) pics - many of which I'd never seen before. If you're at all interested in the History of Rock, this one is definitely worth a look.
Wanda
Sep 26, 2010 Wanda added it
This book has inspired me to focus on documentary photography above all else. Many of those photos tell a story, show the artist at her or his most human moments. That's what I want my photographs to do.
Jeremy Brooks
Oct 10, 2015 Jeremy Brooks rated it liked it
There are some amazing images in here, but the layout of the book is terrible. Images from the same photographer are scattered across the book. Text continues in the back of the book. It's too bad; a better layout would make this a much better book.
TJ
Feb 21, 2016 TJ rated it really liked it
I love this book. This was a birthday gift from my husband after going to the Worcester Art Museum to see this exhibit. The photos are great and there are snip-its of information that make it interesting.
LaLa
This would have been a perfect book if there were just no words in it. Instead pairing next to these gorgeous surprising emotional photographs was repetitive boring words.
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