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Photographing the All-Time Greats

Gino Castaldo

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Compelling photographs of the world’s most popular musicians – an amazing collection in an irresistible package.


Music and photography have always shared a special relationship – when an iconic musician is captures by a first-rate photographer, the resulting image is often transformative and a classic pop culture image is born.

Now, in the same popular format as Thames & Hudson’s PhotoBox and Fashion Box, Music Box gathers more than 450 such legendary photographers of musicians, covering the stars of jazz, blues, rock and roll, soul, and all of their contemporary offshoots.

Music Box is arranged in themes that look at the music scene from a witty and fresh perspective, collecting photographs such as Philippe Halsman’s seminal portrait of Louis Armstrong, Jim Marshall’s vision of Jimi Hendrix kneeling over his burning guitar, Annie Leibovitz’s shot of Bruce Springsteen leaping in front of the American flag, Chester Higgins Jr’s soulful 50 Cent, and many more.

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'An absorbing look at a much-practised genre, and is a genuinely worthwhile look at portraiture in general'
Amateur Photographer

Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 22.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 480 pp

Publication date: 26 September 2011

ISBN: 9780500516003

Contents List

Introduction • While my Guitar Gently Weeps • You Can Leave Your Hat On • When the Night has Come • In Your Eyes • The Stage • When the Body Speaks • With a Backstage Pass • Take Off the Mask • Life I Love You • Sordid Details • All Around the World

About the Author

Gino Castaldo is the chief music critic for La Repubblica and editor in chief of Musica. He is the author of several books on popular music and teaches at the University of Rome.

List of Contributors

Gino Castaldo