Who photos at London exhibit

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Mon May 10 07:34:16 CDT 2004

>From The Guardian at:

Rare glimpse into domestic lives of rock stars 

Steven Morris
Monday May 10, 2004
The Guardian 

Music lovers are familiar with dramatic images of
their idols strutting their stuff on stage or perhaps
creating another classic in the studio. But an
exhibition opening this week affords some rarer
glimpses into the domestic lives of rock and pop
Among the images on display is one of David Bowie,
posing splendidly in bright platform shoes in his
son's equally lurid pink bedroom in suburban Kent. 

There is also a poignant image of a young John
Entwistle, who died two years ago after a night of
debauchery with a Las Vegas stripper, strumming a
guitar in his mother's living room in west London as
she gets on with her darning. 

The exhibition, entitled Thirty Flight Rock (a play on
the Eddie Cochran song Twenty Flight Rock) marks the
30th anniversary of the foundation of Genesis
Publications which specialises in books on rock and

It features the work of some of the most noted rock
photographers, including Mick Rock who took the shot
of Bowie, which has never been published before in a

Rock recalls how he spent an afternoon with Bowie at
his home in Beckenham, south-east London, in 1972
shortly before the release of the Ziggy Stardust
album. "He had no one to do his make-up or hair, and
no stylist," said Rock. "He did it all himself." The
shots were taken in the bedroom of the star's baby son
because both singer and photographer adored the pink

The photographer Colin Jones, who took the picture of
the former Who guitarist Entwistle, remembers arriving
at a council house in Ealing for a shoot. 

He said: "John's mum was watching the telly and
darning his socks so I did the shot of them together".
The cosiness of the picture is all the more poignant
knowing how Entwistle died. 

Also featured in the exhibition are photographs of Rod
Stewart reclining in bed at his Beverly Hills house
with a cat in 1976, Pete Townshend sitting in his flat
surrounded by smashed guitars, and the Beatles in
their early days at a fairground in Hamburg. 

The exhibition runs from Thursday until June 2 at The
Plattform at Saab Piccadilly, 77, Piccadilly, central

It can also be seen from June 18-22 at Park Rock,
Castle Boulevard, Nottingham.

-Brian in Atlanta
The Who This Month!

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