Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen



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Bill Bentley

Smithsonian Books
216 pages
11 x 11 inches


“For the better part of five decades, Bill Bentley and I have been listening to the music of the spheres together, and these visuals are a thrilling roadmap to where we’ve been and, one hopes, where we’re going.” —Billy F Gibbons, ZZ Top

“Within minutes of meeting Bill for the first time back in the early ’80s, we found ourselves talking about Joe Tex’s ‘The Love You Save’ and Roky Erickson’s ‘Don’t Slander Me’ in the same paragraph. I knew right there and then that he’d always be a voice to which I would attend.” —Elvis Costello

“Bill Bentley is that rare breed: a music industry insider who actually knows and loves music. Within these pages lurk fantastic images of everyone from Bob Dylan to the 13th Floor Elevators, many of them previously unseen. Buy this book!” —Jimmy McDonough, author of Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green

“If rock and roll was a planet, Bill Bentley would be the head astronaut and Smithsonian Rock and Roll would be the operator’s manual. This is a trip worth checking out.” —Wayne Coyne, the Flaming Lips

“Bill Bentley is a music mensch.” —Lou Reed

“A candid compendium of musical history marked by the trapped-in-time moments […] The joy and devotion contained in the photos is as infectious as the music itself.”

“Hundreds of fans’ rock-and-roll photos in a handsome new photography book […] The author was open to huge pop stars as much as cult musicians. The 13th Floor Elevators, a Texas psychedelic band, warrant a two-page spread. Kiss is in there; so are Guns N’ Roses.”

“Curated by legendary record man Bentley, the handsome tome covers Chuck Berry to Led Zeppelin to the Alabama Shakes.”

“From early rock pioneers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard to ‘70s titans Led Zeppelin and David Bowie up to Jack White and Adele, 120 different artists are shown in concert in this coffee-table book.”

“It’s a gorgeous coffee-table book, a sweeping photographic history of stars, performances, style and magical moments.”

“A canon of rock […] This large-format book is eminently browsable and will prompt readers to dig out their old records or stream their favorite songs.”

“An excellent work that should have wide appeal for all music fans.”

About the Author

BILL BENTLEY is the former A&R Director at Concord Music Group and Vice President of Warner Bros. Records. He has been a drummer, record store clerk, DJ, concert promoter, music producer, and record label publicist. Through it all he has been a writer; in 2007 he received the ASCAP Deems Taylor award.

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