ALEC BYRNE discusses his new book of photography LONDON ROCK

London Rock: The Unseen Archive (Insight Editions)

What happened on the music scene in 1960s and 1970s London was nothing short of a cultural revolution. At the center of this heyday was photographer and teenager Alec Byrne, who, because of his talent and tenacity, landed a job capturing rock and roll’s greatest legends for various British media outlets. After ten years, Byrne packed up his archive and moved to Los Angeles where these photos remained in Byrne’s garage, sequestered from the public for close to forty years.

Now, Insight Editions will publish London Rock: The Unseen Archive, a striking compilation of Byrne’s never-before-seen images documenting an unprecedented time in music history. From The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie to Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Doors, Byrne’s unique portraits, rare concert performance shots, and intimate candids, offer a distinct perspective of rock stars celebrated and known around the world. With a signature style that fuses artistry and a documentarian’s eye, Byrne’s collection is a coveted back-stage pass to many rock stars’ rise to stardom. Containing more than 250 pages of untouched and uncompromised high-quality photos, this recently unearthed collection of rock and roll history brings the era into stunning focus, painting an evocative picture of an inimitable time and place.

Alex Byrne covered the music scene for major UK media outlets from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s—the height of London’s rock revolution. This archive was
reintroduced to the world in late 2012 with an acclaimed one-night show in Los Angeles attended by more than one thousand people. Since then, Byrne's work has been featured during the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, exhibited at the South by Southwest music festival, and accepted into the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
London Rock: The Unseen Archive Cover Image
By Alec Byrne (By (photographer)), Tony Norman (Preface by), Alec Byrne
ISBN: 9781608878840
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Insight Editions - December 12th, 2017