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After the wild success of its first sold-out tours, Morrison Hotel Gallery is announcing the return of its popular Behind the Lens series, this time featuring celebrated music photographers Mick Rock and Henry Diltz. The tour will begin in at City Winery in Boston, MA on October 7th and finish in Bay Shore, NY at the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on October 11th. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
The live show will feature Rock and Diltz discussing the stories behind some of the most iconic still and moving images they’ve captured throughout their distinguished careers – during which they witnessed and documented some of the most monumental moments in music history. Their recollections of these moments promise to give the public an entirely new perspective on images that have grown to be part of the rock music psyche. As with the previous Behind the Lens tours, the 2019 tour will be produced by Morrison Hotel Gallery co-founder Peter Blachley.
"The tour concept will feature a live presentation of still and moving images along with the stories told by each photographer,” said Blachley. “These people were witnesses to music history and they possessed the talent to uniquely document the music from the audience, backstage, and on the road. Many of these stories will contain surprise, humor and reality. But most of all, they are authentic and honest recollections of music history backed up by the stunning visuals we all know and many we have never seen.”
About Mick Rock:
Known as “The Man Who Shot the 70s,” famed photographer Mick Rock has captured iconic images of the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Blondie, and more recently, Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, The Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, Pharrell, Kings of Leon, and more.
Rock was the mastermind behind some of the most famous album covers in rock history, shooting the cover of Queen’s Queen II and achieving a look that the band loved so much that it inspired the video for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He also created the images for Joan Jett’s I Love Rock and Roll, Lou Reed’s Transformer and Coney Island Baby, and Iggy and the Stooges’ Raw Power, among many others.
His artistry has also extended into the world of music videos and movies. Rock directed the music videos for the David Bowie classics “John, I’m Only Dancing,” “Jean Genie,” “Space Oddity,” and “Life on Mars.” He was also the chief photographer for films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Shortbus.
Rock has published a series of books featuring countless iconic photographs from his immense body of work. Most recently, he published The Rise of David Bowie 1972-1973 (Taschen), a limited-edition book co-signed with Bowie that sold out shortly before the rock superstar’s death. Rock was also the subject of the acclaimed documentary SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock.
About Henry Diltz:
The official photographer for Woodstock, Henry Diltz captured vital on-stage and behind-the-scenes moments at the greatest music festival of all time. Among Diltz’s images are festival promoter Michael Lang working to set up ahead of the legendary event, the growing crowds of long-haired, drum-beating, love-making festival attendees, and performances by musical luminaries Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and others.
The famed photographer, (who also captured Simon & Garfunkel on stage, and The Who smashing guitars at the Monterey Pop Festival) got his start a few years before when he purchased a camera to capture images while on tour with his band, the Modern Folk Quartet. He also began snapping shots of his soon-to-be famous friends who were also fellow Laurel Canyon residents. The Los Angeles enclave became synonymous with the wave of classic acoustic rock artists who rose to fame in the 60s and 70s, and among Diltz’s photographs are now-iconic images of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Mama Cass Elliot, as well as Graham Nash, David Crosby, and many more.
In the years since, Diltz has had an extraordinary career working with the likes of Paul and Linda McCartney, The Doors, and Ray Charles. He’s photographed over 200 album covers, including the cover for The Doors’ Morrison Hotel, James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James, Crosby, Stills & Nash’s first album, and shots for two of The Eagles’ album covers.
Diltz’s work has been featured in countless books, magazines, and publications over the years. He’s published three books, including the recently-released expanded second edition of Unpainted Faces, a collection of black and white images of superstars from Jimi Hendrix to Frank Zappa reproduced from the photographer’s original negatives. In 2001, he co-founded Morrison Hotel Gallery with Blachley and Richard Horowitz.
About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
MHG is the world's leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 125 of the world's finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today's contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of celebrity and sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert. www.morrisonhotelgallery.com