Musical opinions are frequently some of the most subjective, with blanket statements about songs and bands often being difficult to convincingly uphold. There are a handful, though, that are simply impossible to disagree with. One of which is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. Musically, a firm case can be made as the band has created some of the most memorable and definitive songs the world has seen. However, it may be the visual imagery of the band that really sets them apart from any other. The Rolling Stones upped the standard for how a rock band should look and act. Now, German publisher TASCHEN and editor Reuel Golden have aligned with the band itself to offer an unprecedented look into their fifty-year span in a collectible book titled appropriately, “The Rolling Stones”. And along with pictures and illustrations from the band’s personal collections, many previously unseen, acclaimed photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, is delivering a number of extraordinary prints for this must-have book.
This type of fanatical demand for all things Beatles was a motivation behind curator Raj Prem’s new exhibition. Prem wanted to give fans who already have a comprehensive understanding of the band something fresh to see. This prompted him to identify a number of rarely seen shots taken during the group’s most pivotal years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to generate the same type of hype and enthusiasm that fans originally felt back then.
Rock and roll memorabilia keeper, Raj Prem, has reported the arrival of another set of uncommon and unique photos of the universally adored Fab Four: The Beatles. The exhibition comes in time of another milestone of the Rock and roll legends– more than fifty years since the band’s first famous show and appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania kept on soaring the group came into the universal spotlight, the craving to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the stage developed exponentially. Fans needed more access into the private lives of the stars and wanted to know more about them. Legends like photographic artist Robert Freeman helped make this fan wish work out as expected by getting intimate access into the Beatles’ world and exhibiting them with the most symbolic pictures in the history of rock.
Raj Prem explains that the exhibition portrays a coherent collection of group and solo portraits in both black and white and color, shot against the purpose-built backdrop developed by Webb at his North London Studio. One example is “Stones Rollin’,” a pre-cursor to Peter Webb’s famous ‘Falling Stones’ image, which was voted as one of the top 100 Rock and Roll photographs of all time by Q Magazine. The shot will grace the front cover of the book with the same name — a limited edition collection that consists of the same photographs shown in the exhibition. Another example, “The Big Yawn,” shows Mick’s huge mouth gaping open, while Bill Wyman scratches his nose. Thanks to Prem, SFAE is an exclusive US outlet for Peter Webb’s work.
The exhibition shows a coherent collection of group and solo shots in both black and white and color, up against the purpose-built backdrop constructed by Webb at his North London Studio. One popular photo includes “Stones Rollin’,” which was a pre-cursor to Peter Webb’s infamous ‘Falling Stones’ photo. The image was voted one of the top 100 Rock and Roll photographs of all time by Q Magazine and will stand on the front cover of a book with the same name — a limited edition volume made up of the same photographs shown in the exhibition. Another legend is “The Big Yawn,” a photo in which Mick’s huge mouth is wide open, while Bill Wyman scratches his nose. Because of Raj Prem, SFAE is an exclusive outlet for Peter Webb’s photos in the US.