London Rock: The Unseen Archive – Photography by Alec Byrne – Signed Copy
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From boxes in the garage to your coffee table! This fall, Insight Editions will publish London Rock: The Unseen Archive – Photography by Alec Byrne.
Beginning as a young fan (at age 17) and eventually as one of the busiest professional photographers in London during the Swinging '60s, Alec documented the Golden Age of Rock in depth and detail. The Beatles, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Who…it's all here, for the first time.
I BECAME FRIENDS WITH ALEC BYRNE IN 1968 when we met at a Beatles press reception in London. I was writing for a teen magazine called Jackie, back when such magazines sold one million copies a week. Alec was a freelance photographer who had, at the age of eighteen, somehow managed to get the gig shooting the premiere for the New Musical Express. The scene was utter chaos—anything involving the Beatles usually was, but Alec wasn’t intimidated by the moment. In fact, as I would come to learn, Alec never got overwhelmed. He was always in control, took the time to get the shots he wanted, and never seemed hurried. More than that, he had a love for the work and for life that was infectious. I liked him from the start. So it’s a kick, fifty years on, to be writing this preface for Alec after all this time.
Alec had moved to London from Dublin with his family in 1959. He remembers, as a ten-year-old boy, seeing the city as a place where life was far from easy. That was true, but London was in a process of transition. To fully appreciate how the London rock scene grew and ourished in the ’60s and ’70s, it’s important to take a step back and look at the way the old was being confronted by the new, forming the two faces of London.
from the Preface “Two Faces of London” by Tony Norman
London Rock: The Unseen Archive