Who Shot Rock & Roll Extended

 © Edward Colver. Flip Shot, Pasadena, CA, 1981. Part of the film accompanying the exhibit Who Shot Rock & Roll.

The show will rock on!

Due to unprecedented popular demand, Who Shot Rock & Roll will be extended an additional two weeks. That means you have until October 21, 2012 to see the show for the first time or the 20th time. After that date, the show will leave the United States and travel abroad. Who Shot Rock & Roll will travel to its final stop later this year: the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand. Once the exhibit closes, the Space will shut down until November 17 to prepare for our next show.

Up next at the Space is No Strangers. Click here for more information about that exciting exhibit.

Terry O'Neill Shot Rock & Roll: The Photographer on His Image of The Police


© Terry O'Neill The Police, 1982

By Terry O'Neill

I was photographing The Police in 1982 for a magazine. They were at the height of their fame and I wanted to picture them like three street fighters. They seemed to me to be the band that were taking on all-comers, punching above their weight in sell-out tours and had elbowed their style of music to the top. They were a pugnacious band with their punk, jazz and reggae influences and had led the new wave after a decade of glam rock. They must have liked the shoot because they used the images on several album and single covers. At the time the band were starting to move in different directions; Sting was making movies and doing solo albums, Stewart Copeland was writing movie scores and I felt there weren't going to be many more opportunities to get an iconic shot of the band together in a studio.

See Terry O'Neill's other images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, currently showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography through October 21, 2012. To learn more about the photographer and his work visit his official website.

Our Free Moby Concert is this Saturday

We're excited for this Saturday's Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live concert with Moby! KCRW's Jason Bentley will be DJing on stage that night, too. It's going to be a real fun night. Whether you're coming to the Space to see the photography exhibit or just the concert, here's a quick rundown of some important info you'll need for that day.

For those of you who have re-confirmed your RSVP for this event through KCRW, please note that attendees will be granted entry on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit capacity. We are only able to accommodate the first 4,000 guests. One wristband per person will be distributed at check-in. Concert check-in begins at 5pm and the show will take place from 7:00pm - 10pm. 

No outside food & beverage is allowed but most of the restaurants in the park will be open, including Piknic, Craft, The Stand, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. There will also be a beer garden for those who are over the age of 21. No chairs, umbrellas, pets, or outside food & beverage (including alcohol) are allowed into the venue.

The general public will be able to visit the galleries of the Photography Space to see Who Shot Rock & Roll from 11am - 5pm on Saturday without having to wear a wristband. After 5pm, the Space will only be accessible to those visitors who are wearing a wristband as a concertgoer. As a bonus, those guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through 11pm.

Self-parking in the underground garage at Century Park is a flast rate of $1. You must bring cash and pay upon entry.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live is a free concert series created by the Annenberg Foundation and KCRW to benefit the community. The Foundation supports the arts as part of its mission to share ideas and knowledge. The Foundation and KCRW encourage you to copntinue to support the arts.

Follow the Photography Space and KCRW on Twitter for real-time updates on capacity on the day of the show. See you then!

Noel Gallagher: 'It Looked Like a Big Front Room'

© Jill Furmanovsky. Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Maine Road, Manchester City football ground, 1996. Part of the film accompanying Who Shot Rock & Roll. Courtesy Rockarchive.com

By Noel Gallagher

Maine Road was where we all used to go as kids. So I was standing there, trying to make sure I never forgot this moment. After the show I was trying to take it all in, watching (out of a dressing-room window that faced the stadium) everybody go, and it was a weird thing because the lights were all on and it was dark outside. It looked like a big front room, except there were 20,000 people in it.

Read what Jill Furmanovsky had to say about the above image, which she shot, in a previous blog post. See more of Jill's images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography through October 21, 2012. Learn more about Jill on her website, www.rockarchive.com.

The Final Countdown Starts Today

With The Doors song "The End" playing in our heads, we're sad to announce that this coming weekend is your last chance to see Who Shot Rock & Roll as the show will come to a close this Sunday, October 21.

But you're in luck as The Final Countdown begins today! What this means is that we will offer extended evening hours so to accomodate as many of you as we can during the last few days of the shot.

As a reminder, The Final Countdown hours will be:

Thursday, October 18, 10am - 10pm (please note that part of the exhibit will be closed from 5pm-8pm for a lecture)
Friday, October 19, 10am - Midnight
Saturday, October 20, 10am - Midnight
Sunday, October 21, 11am - 6pm

Yes, you saw that right - we're open until midnight on Friday & Saturday!

In conjunction with The Final Countdown, several cafes in Century Park (that's name of the park in Century City in which we're located) will be extending their hours:

Cuvée: Open until 10pm on Thursday & Friday; 11:30am - 7pm on Saturday
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Open until 8pm on Thursday & Friday

Also, during the extended evening hours on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, enter to win special prize drawings.

Don't wait because come Sunday at 6pm, our doors will close until November 17 so we can prepare for our next exhibit, no strangers.

Coming to the Space on Saturday? Read this first...

You may have heard by now, but just in case you haven't, we're having a little concert series on three separate Saturdays ths summer. Our concert on July 16 will feature Moby, July 21 Portugal. The Man, and August 4th, both Raphael Saadiq & Band of Skulls. In order to gain access to the show on those nights, concertgoers will be required to wear wristbands.

However, the general public will be able to visit the galleries of the Photography Space to take in Who Shot Rock & Roll without a wristband but only from 11am - 5pm on those Saturdays. After 5pm, the Space and its galleries will only be accessible to those visitors who are wearing a wristband as a concertgoer. As a bonus, those guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through 11pm those nights.

So if you don't plan to watch the concert, come early! That way you'll avoid all of the crowds. See you at the Space!

Spotted at the Space: Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen

Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen stopped by the Space last night to take in last night's IRIS Nights lecture, which was presented by their pal (and featured Who Shot Rock & Roll photographer) Guy Webster. Look for his lecture to be added to our past lecture videos page in the very near future!

Photo by Unique Nicole for the Space

Mark Seliger, Bob Gruen and Kevin Bacon Chat About Music & Photography

Who Shot Rock & Roll may have closed at the Photography Space over the weekend but that doesn't mean we don't have to stop talking about the exhibit.

Mark Seliger, one of the show's featured photographers, has a new sitdown show about photography called Capture. The voiceover intro pretty much sums up what the show is about: "A great photograph needs no explanation. But on Capture, these incredible people tell the story of creating their most memorable images."

In the the latest episode of Capture, Seliger sits down with Who Rock & Roll's Bob Gruen and actor (and photographer!) Kevin Bacon for a chat about music and photography. The latter gives us our favorite quote of the day: "There are two things that hit you the hardest. One is photographs and the other is music." We couldn't agree more.

Seliger, Gruen and Bacon talk about those two subjects in depth. Watch the entire intriguing discussion above.

The Rundown For This Saturday's Concert

Our free summer concert series,Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live, which we are presenting in conjunction with KCRW continues this Saturday, July 21st, with Portugal. The Man (yes, that additional period is their own). The band will perform live to celebrate the 40th anniversary of album The Slider by T. Rex, who were one of their early influences. Taking place just outside of the Annenberg Space for Photography, the event will also feature DJs Dan Wilcox and Gary Calamar spinning before Portugal. The Man's performance.

Please note that attendees will be granted entry on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit capacity. RSVP does not guarantee entry. If you are coming in a large group, we recommend that everyone show up at the venue together. We can only accommodate the first 4,000 guests. One wristband per person will be distributed at check-in. No ins & outs, including access to your car in the garage, are allowed.

Additionally, chairs, umbrellas, pets are not allowed into the venue. There will be food carts available for purchase and a beer garden will be open for those who are 21+. No outside beverages or alcohol are allowed but you are welcome to bring your own food and picnic blankets. Please note, these purchases are also cash only. Restaurants in the complex that will be open to provide food include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Habanero Grill, Piknic, Sen Asian Kitchen, and The Stand.

The general public will be able to visit the galleries of the Photography Space to see Who Shot Rock & Roll from 11am - 5pm on Saturday without having to wear a wristband. After 5pm, the Space will only be accessible to those visitors who are wearing a wristband as a concertgoer. As a bonus, those guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through 11pm.

Self-parking in the underground garage at Century Park is a flat rate of $1. You must bring cash and pay upon entry. If the underground parking is closed when you arrive, this means the concert is already at capacity. Therefore, we strongly advise against finding alternate parking in the area.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live is a free concert series created by the Annenberg Foundation and KCRW to benefit the community. The Foundation supports the arts as part of its mission to share ideas and knowledge. The Annenberg Foundation and KCRW encourage you to continue to support the arts.

Follow both the Photography Space and KCRW on Twitter for real-time updates on capacity on the day of the show.

Read all about Moby's amazing show last weekend, our first entry in this free concert series. Looking forward to celebrating rock & roll and photography with the community on Saturday - see you then!

Ian Dickson Shot Rock: The Photographer on His Photo of The Red Hot Chili Peppers

© Ian Dickson

By Ian Dickson

This shot of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was taken in Hamburg, Germany in 1992. I photographed the band while on an assignment for Vox magazine, a monthly music publication in competition with Q Magazine and now sadly defunct.

Henry Rollins, who was the support act that night, claimed his band blew the Chili Peppers off stage.

The band’s energy is infectious and you get caught up in the rhythm while taking pictures – such great fun. Each time you have to stop to load a new film, it feels like a rude interruption.

See more of Ian's images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography through October 21, 2012. Learn more about him on his website at www.late20thcenturyboy.com.

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