Depicting the history of rock music between 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been exhibited in different countries and galleries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically acclaimed exhibitions to his name such as The Decca Years, which features the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s rise from chart hits to rock movement leaders. Prem is very much interested in Bonis’ Beatles photographs to complement the many pieces he has showcased in more than 95 exhibitions, featuring the works of photographers like Robert Freeman, David Hurn, iain macmillan et al who have immortalized John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for over four decades.
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Internationally acclaimed music photography collector Raj Prem was ecstatic to learn about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, which made their way to eBay in February. He believes these photos to be a treasure for the lovers of rock history and photography.
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Prem’s collection is of much renown in rock photography. Featuring iconic shots of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his passion has resulted in his locating the rarest and most captivating photos in the world. In order to make sure the best photos are accessible to the public, he also works with photographers – representing them, handling their collections and organizing showcases. A true legend, Prem and long-running collaborators San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s kick-off rock photography show in 1997, highlighting his belief that these photos are in fact fine art. He has worked with many photography greats, such as Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, and Terry O’Neill, along with Pattie Boyd. The legendary music reporter holds a special spot in his heart for the Rolling Stones, even now. Photos such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour shown at that initial showcase and those within “The Decca Years”, an event which depicted the Rolling Stones path from chart toppers to leaders of the counter culture movement, have stunned crowds and were procured largely because of Prem’s insistence. A read of Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life will highlight many photos credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
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Musical opinions are inarguably some of the most subjective that can be made, 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.
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