Gered Mankowitz was the man who created the enduring and defining image of not only Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones but of "the rock star". Now you can enjoy the best of his 50-year career in this defining tome of photography which chronicles music history, and tells you more about relevant popular culture than any text book could.
Brian Southall began writing about pop music in the 1960s on a local newspaper before graduating to Melody Maker and Disc. He then pursued a 30-year career in the record business working for AM, Tamla Motown, EMI and Warner Music. His first book - the official history of Abbey Road Studios - was published in 1982 and since then he has written The A-Z of Record Labels; the Sex Pistols 90 Days at EMI, Northern Songs - the story of the Beatles music publishing; If You Don't Know Me By Now - the authorised story of Simply Red; Pop Goes To Court; and most recently The Rise Fall of EMI. Gered Mankowitz is one of the most important photographers in the history of popular music. Born in London in 1946, he was introduced to photography by Peter Sellers. He worked as an apprentice Tom Blau at Camera Press and worked for Alec Murray and Jeff Vickers before setting up his own studio in central London. He created enduring and defining images of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull and many other rock stars throughout five decades. Some of Gered's images have become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery. He works from his home in Cornwall and lectures at University College Falmouth.