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Henry Rollins: Ed Colver Image 'One of Those Bookmarks in the Great Text of Independent Music'

© Edward Colver, Henry Rollins, outtake for Black Flag's Damaged album, Los Angeles, California, 1981

By Henry Rollins

Ed Colver’s photo of me hitting the mirror has become one of those bookmarks in the great text of independent music. As far as a photo being used on the cover of Black Flag’s first full studio album, Damaged, I am glad it was Ed who took the shot. His integrity and dedication to his work matched ours - It was a perfect fit. Ed captured images from the Southern California Hardcore scene like no one else. If it were not for him, a lot of that history would be nothing but mere tall tales. Ed and I have a very rare relationship. Even though there were other people in the room when that photo was taken, in the shot itself, it was just Ed and myself.

See Ed Colver'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.

Want More 'Who Shot Rock?'

© Charles Peterson. Mosh Pit at Endfest, 1991

Well you got it. As you know, the exhibit has been extended through October 21, but we've also just announced that we're staying open later during the last weekend of the show. Introducing Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Final Countdown! It begins Thursday October 18.

So what will those extended hours be? Here you go:

Thursday, October 18, 10am–10pm
Friday, October 19, 10am–Midnight
Saturday, October 20, 10am –Midnight
Sunday, October 21, 11am–6pm

This is the last chance for anyone to see the exhibit in Los Angeles the United States before it travels to its next and last stop: New Zealand. Come join the Final Countdown in just a few short weeks.

Lynn Goldsmith & Friends

Look who showed up at Lynn Goldsmith's IRIS Nights lecture last week to support the photographer during her presentation. It's Merry Clayton (best known as the female vocalist on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter") and music legend Bill Withers. Goldsmith's outstanding lecture was chock full of memorable stories and we also learned a lot about her photography and the music industry in general. Look for her lecture on our site very soon!

A 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' Street Banner In Your Living Room?

Or your dining room. Or where ever you want really because one of those street banners can be yours to own and do with however you want!

For a limited time, we are offering all four variations of the vinyl banners for sale. You can choose from Florence Welch of Florence & the Machine, Kurt Cobain or Tina Turner. Our John Lennon banners are already completely sold out. Don't worry - even though they've been hanging out in the clean LA air over the last few months, they'll be professionally cleaned when you receive them.

Click here for more information on how to get one.

Spotted at the Space: Dominic Monaghan

Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan stopped by the Photography Space yesterday to take in the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit. Monaghan, played rock star Charlie Pace in the television series Lost, posed in front of Bob Gruen's banner image of John Lennon. Thanks for stopping by, Dominic!

David Corio Shot Rock: The Photographer on His Image of Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Nashville Rooms, London © David Corio

By David Corio

The Nashville Room was a big grotty venue on the corner of Cromwell Road and North End Row in West Kensington. It was a music mecca in the 1970s where many bands including the Sex Pistols, The Police, U2 and Joy Division got some of their first shows. This was an early gig for The Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde was already making a name for herself as she was close to several hip music journalists. I hadn’t been commissioned but was curious about the band as they were generating so much buzz. As with many of the shows here it was packed and the heat was almost unbearable. It was best to arrive early, particularly on a cold night as it could take ages for the camera lenses to warm up and lose their condensation. There is nothing more frustrating than being at a show and only being able to get soft focus photos.

As usual the small stage lights weren't very bright so I uprated my Tri-X film to 1600ASA to avoid camera shake and blur. It was virtually impossible to squeeze to the front of the tiny stage and with so many heads in the way the only alternative was to climb onto a table and balance on it to get a better vantage point. It gave me a clear view before being pushed off after about ten minutes but I managed to shoot half a roll of film - quite a luxury.

By this stage the music scene was being labeled 'post punk' and it was easier to take photos during this time than it was during punk's heyday a year or so earlier when the audience would be pogo dancing and spitting at the stage. Invariably being at the front photographers would come out the worse for wear. That is part of the punk scene I don't miss at all!

See David Corio's other images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, currently showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography. To learn more about the photographer and his work visit his official website.

Spotted at the Space: Diane Keaton

Does that face look familiar? It should. That's Diane Keaton, who stopped by to take in Who Shot Rock & Roll before the show ends next month. The Hollywood legend said she loved the exhibit and the accompanying orginal film. Keaton (seen here with our very own ASP legend, Marissa), gracisouly agreed to pose for a picture but wanted to stand in front of the Elvis Presley (she must be a big fan!) video which greets guests as they enter the Space. Glad you enjoyed the exhibit, Diane!

Albert Watson Shot Rock: The Photographer on His Photo of Michael Jackson

 © Albert Watson

By Albert Watson

This was the first and only time I worked with Michael Jackson. We were booked for a two-day shoot for the Invincible album cover and some inside photos. The shooting was divided into one day of portraits and one day of dance shots at my studio in New York.

I already owned a mirror rig that allowed me to adjust eight mirrors individually. And, of course, before Michael arrived, the mirrors and lighting were completely prepared on the set. To give Michael more flexibility (and to add a little fun) I gave him what was essentially a stripper's pole on a white Plexi stage. When he arrived on the set, Michael spent two or three minutes stretching and then started dancing in front of the mirrors to "Billie Jean," which we played over the studio stereo system. Because of the set-up and the preparation, it was hard not to get some magical shots in almost every frame during the roughly 30 minutes he danced in front of the camera. This was Michael Jackson dancing, after all. How could you go wrong?

I found Michael charming, cooperative, totally professional, and a pleasure to deal with. The shooting was actually quite easy. After seeing the contact sheets from the shoot, the final print was essentially one gigantic contact sheet. From far away, the print looks almost like a piece of wallpaper, but close up, it gives you a very good idea of the entire shooting, and the charisma and power of Michael's dancing."

See more of Albert'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.albertwatson.net.

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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