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Reputations were made quickly in the frenetic pop world of the sixties, and the 18-year-old Gered Mankowitz became an iconic photographer when he spent two years documenting the Rolling Stones in 1965-67. Later he flirted with the film world and in the 90s expanded his portfolio into advertising, but for 40 years he was essentially a pop photographer of genius, documenting and glamorising the stars and the unknowns. This gorgeous book, with photos on every page, spans the whole of his prolific career. Marianne Faithfull in the mid-sixties is both innocent and sexy; when Mankowitz catches up with her again in 1998, she is still incredibly beautiful. The 1967 shots of Jimi Hendrix are among the most famous images here, with the singer's charisma leaping straight off the page. 1969 sees Led Zeppelin in dynamic action, together with studies of both Stephen Stills and Eric Clapton on the set of Supersession. In the late 70s Kate Bush adopts contorted poses while Elton John in cricketing gear takes his position at the crease. Slade was a favourite subject in the 70s, resplendent in tacky glam, and the short-lived trio Giles, Giles and Fripp go for the zany look before Fripp resurfaces solemnly with King Crimson. Joan Armatrading stands in a shaft of light, ankles crossed in rolled-up jeans and white sneakers, Paula Yates flirts with the camera, Suzi Quatro looks it straight in the eye. The book concludes with those immortal shots of the Stones. A true gallery of talent in terms of musicians and photography. 320pp, glossy colour photos on every page. 7" x 9", softback.
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