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London Rock
About the book
  • Published: 27 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9780753550007
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 254
  • RRP: $100.00

London Rock

The Unseen Archive


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NME photographer Alec Byrne was plunged into the heart of swinging London’s rock revolution, and his era-defining archive, capturing the birth of cool, is published here for the first time in this exclusive collector's edition.

Up close, back stage, tiny gigs, pre-famous - Led Zep to Bowie as you've never seen them.
Released to coincide with an exhibition at Proud Central, London (8th December - 28 January), this huge rock treasure chest contains over 250 previously unpublished premium images from the epicentre of London’s exploding music scene, from the mid-sixties to the early seventies.

Lavishly produced to create a fitting showcase for Alec’s extraordinarily rich, until now hidden, private collection, London Rock is a stunning experience.

  • Pub date: 27 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9780753550007
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 254
  • RRP: $100.00

About the Author

Alec Byrne

Alec Byrne started his career as a photographer on the NME in 1966, and he instantly found himself in the middle of a rock revolution. Popular and talented, and was given informal access to everybody from the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who and The Faces to the Bee Gees and Black Sabbath, and visiting Americans from Bob Dylan to Jim Morrison. As photographers began to get less access in the mid-seventies, he decamped to LA where he became a set photographer. His London archive was stored in his garage, until now.


Praise for London Rock

“A thing of rare beauty”

Classic Rock


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