Shooting Stars: The Rolling Stone Book of Portraits
by Leibovitz, Annie, ed.; designed by Tony Lane
San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books. Very Good. (c.1973). First Edition. Softcover. 0-87932-036-2 . [light soiling to covers, short corner-bend creases at both leading corners of front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) A collection of 100 or so black-and-white shots of rock stars of the 1967-1973 era, structured as a set of mini-portfolios, with each of the 21 featured photographers making a one-page statement about his or her working methods (although Leibovitz herself is the only "her" in the otherwise all-male group), followed by a handful of examples of their work. Many are reproduced full-page; a few will register as "iconic"; and there's a smattering of nudity involved (including a full-page reproduction of a proof sheet of shots of Janis Joplin, and an full-frontal image of Duane Allman that you'll probably wish you could unsee). Plenty of the usual suspects show up -- the Grateful Dead, Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, Jagger, even a very young Michael Jackson -- along with those who's faded into obscurity. The photographers themselves are a pretty distinguished lot, including many of the finest workers in this particular field: in addition the Leibovitz herself, the others include Ed Caraeff, Michael Cooper (who committed suicide just before this book was published), Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, David Gahr, Herb Greene, Elliott Landy, Jim Marshall, Jim McCrary, Stephen Paley, Ethan Russell, Bob Seidemann, Norman Seeff, Peter Simon, Guy Webster, Thomas Weir, and Baron Wolman. I don't think it would be much of an exaggeration (speaking of iconic) to say that this group was collectively responsible for three-quarters of all rock album covers during the late 1960s and 1970s. . (Inventory #: 22101)
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