‘Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History’ Opens Friday at the Brooklyn Museum!

October 28, 2009 by  
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RamonesWho Shot Rock & Roll, a photography exhibit that captures many of the images of Rock & Roll history, will open Friday at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition will have almost 200 images by more than 100 photographers. It is organized by Gail Buckland, a curator and historian of photography (NY Times-10/26/`09-Roberta Smithmy favorite art critic). Gail Buckland has a book that actually predates the exhibit (& inspired the exhibit to happen), which would make a very good Christmas present *(hint hint) for those of us who can`t get up to New York between Friday and January 31st.

Check out this interview with Roberta Bayley, whose work is featured in the exhibit and in Gail Buckland`s book also. Roberta who-shot-rock-roll-cover2Bayley worked at CBGBs during the Punk Era, and photographed many of artists, like The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Blondie, The Sex Pistols and Richard Hell. (Boy, I wish I could get up to Brooklyn!) Also, there are photos of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at Monterey Pop and contact sheets of Bob Gruen`s session with John Lennon in the sleeveless New York City T-shirt.

Photography has carefully chronicled the steps of Rock & Roll since the mid-fifties. All of us should make a collective B-line to Brooklyn to get an education from Gail Buckland! Let`s just follow the Yellow Brick Road! *(That`s the book on the right-that`s Tina Turner, stupid!)