Incoming: Smithsonian Rock and Roll Book

By Blurt Staff

This will be an essential rock book to look forward to in the fall, October 24, to be precise, via Penguin Random House. It’s a 216-page hardcover book by the legendary Bill Bentley, crammed with crucial images, and we’re particularly proud to note that BLURT contributor and ace shutterbug Marty Perez is among the photographers whose work is showcased. Look for shots of the Replacements, Young Fresh Fellows, and R.E.M. Salute!

(Go HERE and HERE and HERE if you want to see some of Marty’s work here at our site.)

Product Info: In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to post great rock shots to rockandroll.si.edu. From Woodstock to the Whisky a Go Go, from Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin’ places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded with their favorite rock and roll moments. Iconic artists ranging from the Who to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to the Jimi Hendrix and many more are celebrated here.

There are early photographs of everyone from Run-D.M.C. to the Runaways, and contemporary shots of some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica. Presented together, these photographs create a kaleidoscopic history of the artists, the musical styles, the venues, the concerts, and the fans. This is rock and roll as it has never been seen before.

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