By Jill Furmanovsky
Musician Johnny Borrell of Razorlight was the first person to tell me about Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine. He was very impressed with her way back in 2007 and they worked on a few demos together. Johnny invited me to attend a rehearsal at John Henry's rehearsal studio in North London where the two, together with a small backing band, were working on an arrangement for what became "Throwing Bricks."
Florence was a charismatic presence even then. She had that huge voice which filled the room, and as she sang she beat the shit out of a snare drum to illustrate the anger and rage of a song about a woman who builds a man brick by brick and then he becomes stronger than her - an extraordinary song.
The lighting was nasty - florescent tubes with just a glimmer of daylight through a small window. I took my position to the side of Florence to get a plain background and used the highest shutter speed possible. Her hair was flying and her hands a blur. Over and over again the four musicians worked on this song and recorded it finally on an old Sony tape recorder.
When I came to edit the shoot I went for the image up top of her in full flow, barely sharp. To make it more powerful I cropped out the drums and the microphone which took the image out of context leaving a simpler image - one that reflects the unleashed raw power of a great rock singer giving it her all.
Some hours later Florence and Johnny left the studio on Johnny's motor bike. Florence sat on the back, one hand hanging on to Johnny, the other clutching the tape player to her head and swaying dangerously as they rode away. It is entirely just that she has gone on to become a rising new star.
Above three images: Florence Welch rehearsing at John Henry's Oct 2007, © Jill Furmanovsky / www.rockarchive.com - Florence Welch rehearsing at John Henry's Oct 2007
|© 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 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.
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.
|© 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.
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:
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.
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!
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
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.