Special Preview: Rock & Roll’s Most Memorable Photos

Ready to see some rare images of your favorite rock and roll bands? The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles just sent us these preview images for an exciting new exhibition that opens there in two days, on June 23. Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present is the first major museum exhibit on rock and roll to spotlight the creative and collaborative role that photographers played in the history of rock music. The group show features 166 prints from over 100 photographers including Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle, Ryan McGinley and Linda McCartney.

You have until October 7 to see this exhibition which is divided up into eight sections like behind the scenes, live performances and stirring portraits of musical stars. There's even an original short documentary film produced exclusively for the Annenberg Space for Photography that shows more than 500 photographs, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with exhibit photographers. Of course, as a nice accompaniment, there's even a lecture series where you an hear some great stories by the world's top rock and roll photographers. These take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30p-8p and are free to the public with advance registration.

Now here's your special preview.

Above: Lennon/Ono photo – Courtesy of Allan Tannenbaum, from “John and Yoko: A New York Love Story” Allan Tannenbaum

Amy Winehouse Max Vadukul

Run-DMC Josh Cheuse

Elvis Alfred Wertheimer, The Wertheimer Collection

REM Laura Levine

Aretha Franklin Barrie Wentzell Photography

Ike & Tina Turner Ernest Withers, Courtesy of Decaneas Archive

Annenberg Space for Photography website

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