Who Shot Rock and Roll?

Who Shot Rock and Roll?
The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Century City
Los Angeles, California
July 21, 2012

Run, don’t walk to the Annenberg Space for Photography in LA.

Current exhibition called “Who Shot Rock and Roll” is not about an assassination conspiracy theory. It is the history of rock photography; the first of it’s kind and includes hundreds of prints from the past 60 years.

Starting with Elvis in his 20s and the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, images are from Rolling Stone covers, album covers, posters, concert & club performances; some posed some candid. With the iconic images that we all have (or had) on our walls are all there. Plus some rarities that will blow your mind. No exaggeration.

This new gallery is in the middle of LA’s Century City, just outside the Beverly Hills border and a stone’s throw from Hollywood. The Philanthropic Annenberg clan opened this space just for shooters and prints.

The exhibit includes an original documentary running on a loop with featured photographers. Our favorite was the legendary Bob Gruen talking about how John Lennon’s New York City tee shirt pic jumped off the proof sheet. Like wow.

Too many to list here, some of the other featured photographers are: Henry Diltz, Guy Webster, Lynn Goldsmith, Annie Leibowitz, Jim Marshall and Linda McCartney’s pictures of her honey.

The early shots of Jimi Hendrix backing Wilson Pickett are a show-stopper. Our favorite – Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy in the alley. Our other favorite – Paul Simonon axe chop cover of London Calling. Or the fuzzy Dylan for the double album cover of “Blonde on Blonde.”  Shoot, we ran out of favorites. Every image is a song. Standing in front of these original prints framed and on the wall is a once in a lifetime experience. You will get all misty.

And get this – Thursday evenings – there is a lecture series. We just missed Henry Rollins on July 19th, but Lynn Goldsmith (Springsteen’s ex) and Bob Gruen are coming up in August and September.

And it’s FREE!! Do you believe that? F*cking Free! With validated parking – it’s a buck. Closed Monday and Tuesday, Saturday open till 9p and other nights till 6p.

Like we said, run do not walk to Century City.

www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org/exhibitions/current-exhibition