Rolling Stones by Dezo + 20 Years of Pop Star Photos
September/29/2012 08:56 PM
(Pictured left: Rolling Stones by Dezo Hoffman)
September 29, 2012
Rock Star Photos by Dezo Hoffman
Available for purchase at RockPaperPhoto.com
Rolling Stones by Dezo + 20 Years of Pop Star Photos
Dezo's delights: 20 years of pop star photography now for sale
Lemuria’s Album “Pebble” is a Pleaser
|In his 20 years as London's most prolific entertainment photographer, |
compiled one of the most comprehensive archives of pop culture that the world has ever seen. Working out of a three-story warren of studios and darkrooms on Gerard and Wardour Streets, the Hungarian-born photographer and his stable of assistants fanned out through London's streets to capture local rock legends, visiting pop stars and sultry screen sirens. Their output: more than a million negatives and some of the greatest shots ever taken of the city's bustling cultural scene in the late 50s and 60s.
Now, thanks to our exclusive arrangement with the Dezo Hoffmann Archives, Rock Paper Photo is excited to offer for the first time a
of this vastly entertaining work. Priced at only $135, these historic images are available for purchase as limited edition Archival Chromogenic prints. Each print is stamped with the official archive seal.
Among the gems is a stunning multi-year series of
early Stones photos
. Featured recently in
, this gallery includes quiet solo portraits and casual group shots of the band lounging in Hyde Park. The range of Dezo's material is vast – early live shots of
mid-song in a studio session, a gorgeous
and a pixie-faced
downing a Heineken. And there are great novelty moments like
dressed as Santa Claus and a very young
totally enjoying a live Stones' TV performance.
Arriving in London after World War II, Dezo joined the Record Mirror as staff photographer in 1955, beginning a long collaboration that produced the bulk of the archival material. But his early bio is no less astounding than his photography. Educated at Prague University where he majored in photo-journalism, Dezo won a trip to Berlin as an art prize - he met a dinner guest named Adolph Hitler who recently became Fuhrer. After college, 20th Century Fox hired Dezo as a newsreel cinema photographer. Based in Paris, he covered the Spanish Civil War, filming the first newsreel ever seen of that conflict. A staunch anti-Fascist, he fought in the war, which cost the life of his Spanish wife, and landed a steel plate in his head from an injury. Dezo was deported to an internment camp in France and later evacuated to Britain.
Perhaps Dezo's best known work is the product of his close 18-month association with
, which famously came to an abrupt end when
publicly dressed down Dezo on the set of "Hard Day's Night," peeved over an unflattering photo of the guitarist's mop top. Dezo went on shooting for the Record Mirror, while freelancing for the rest of Fleet Street and selling his work direct to fans.
The Beatles' label, Apple, has since purchased rights to every one of Dezo's Beatles images, so they are no longer in the Dezo Hoffmann Archives. But the rest? Well, one visitor compared a walk through the vault, stacked floor to ceiling with photography files, to "discovering a Pharoic tomb."
September 21, 2012
Interview by Nicole Hanratty
ON TOUR: Lemuria is playing STEREO
Saturday, October 27, 2012 on The Fest tour
Life of a Rock Star™ has been bubbling over with excitement to bring you Lemuria. Cold Summer turned us on to this Indie / Post-Punk / Pop talented band. After downloading Lemuria’s “Pebble” album on iTunes we were so hooked we grabbed one on vinyl as well. W-O-W. That’s when we knew we had to interview the talent behind the sound. We sent over some questions via email for the band members to answer, and we have to admit, a couple of their answers made us laugh. (Hot Freaks.) READ MORE Lemuria’s Album “Pebble” is a Pleaser
Music Unites Launches LA at 2012 House of Rock
Rock Star Concert and Charity Event
Saturday, September 15, 2012
By Nicole Hanratty
Santa Monica, Ca – Music Unites “Be Your Own Muse” campaign raises awareness and empowers girls in music through education. Music Unites together with Warner Bros. Records launched its “Be Your Own Muse” campaign in Los Angeles by kicking off a charity concert event at the 2012 House of Rock on Saturday night. It launched this past weekend in LA with “an amazing educational panel with leading women in music including Phylicia Fant, Julie Muncy, Michelle Jubelierer and a special songwriting session with Candace Lee Comacho and Helena.” (http://www.facebook.com/MusicUnitesOrg) In addition, Guitar Center donated 30 brand new Fender guitars to the participating and appreciative girls in Compton. Life of a Rock Star™ was thrilled to be invited to the event. READ MORE Music Unites Launches LA at 2012 House of Rock
SONG OF THE WEEK
(Green Day “¡Uno!” on iTunes)
Released: Sep 18, 2012
℗ 2012 Reprise Records
Song of the Week: Green Day “Oh Love”
Green Day “¡Uno!” Album
September 27, 2012
Green Day blew up the stage at iHeart Radio music festival where the band’s energy and music brought the audience alive. They played one massive hit after another and killed it. And while it ended with a relatively minor arguably punk-band appropriate melt down, one broken guitar and a Billy Joe Armstrong rehab check-in, (where we wish him a super speedy recovery so he can come out on tour), the Green Day live performance at the iHeart Radio concert was a highlight of the evening. READ Song of the Week: Green Day "Oh Love" iHeart Radio concert photos, "Uno" album review love & YouTube music video