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See Prince, Amy Winehouse Like Never Before In New Book
A picture is worth 1,000 words. So a book containing rare and unseen photographs of 142 rock icons is worth — well, you could do the math, but we think it's priceless.
Spanning 60 years of rock and roll history, a new coffee-table book from the Smithsonian titled Smithsonian Rock And Roll: Live And Unseen captures iconic moments of some of the biggest stars in music history, including Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, the Who, Prince, Rolling Stones, Metallica, Amy Winehouse, and David Bowie.
Authored and curated by music industry executive Bill Bentley, the collection's unique authenticity comes from the fact the book was culled through crowd-sourced fan-favorites, which spanned live rock and roll moments from Woodstock and the Whisky a Go Go to Lollapalooza and Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. The Smithsonian ended up with 4,000 photos. After curating these images, Bentley went to artist estates and professional photographers to flesh out the musicians and images included in the book.
Smithsonian Rock And Roll: Live And Unseen will be available Oct. 24. The stunning images of rock royalty and modern bands alike among the 200-plus pages make this a book any music fan can get behind.
"Music for my generation is the modern currency when you talk about art. People don't talk about paintings, but everybody loves music," Bentley said. "If you're gonna get the people where they live and love, put books out about things like that."