"Rock 'n' Roll and Fast Cars - Volume 2"
Introduction by Martyn Goddard - Author
For rock bands, the second album is always a critical period in their career - and for automobile designers, the MkII or facelift of an existing vehicle is a challenge. Volume II of "Rock 'n' Roll and Fast Cars" is a cocktail of both for me as a photographer. The first book would have been the last book, but for the fact that it looked good and was so well received by the readers. Also, I've produced so many images over a 44-year career that the space on the 150 pages of version one meant I had to omit many images that were worthy of inclusion - a task akin to getting a quart into a pint pot. This book will be given over to displaying the photographs with my thoughts and anecdotes of what happened on the shoots in what, to me, was the golden age of popular music, automobiles and magazines. As before, there will be a selection of period road-trip stories that put the automobile images into context, written by some great automotive journalists.
Over the past year I have enjoyed visiting record-collector fairs in London and the Netherlands. Through the book I've met a number of artists and art directors from the early days, along with fans who just like the strange mix of music and car culture. At the London Olympia event, a record collector purchased the book. Flicking through the pages he commented "did you take this picture? It's an iconic image". My response was "yes, that's my photograph of Debbie Harry used on the picture disc of Parallel Lines". The collector turned out to be the CEO of Atlantic Records, Craig Kallman. It's always good to receive positive feedback.
The realisation of both Volumes I and II would not have been possible without the wholehearted support of Mike Pickles and his Really Useful Products Company. Mike is a serial collector of music memorabilia and automobiles, so who could want for more? A truly knowledgeable supporter of this project. This book, though a testament to my past work, includes images from some of my latest assignments - such as the story about the Type 57 Corsica for the Bugatti Automobiles customer magazine, Ettore. Enjoy Volume II.
"Rock 'n' Roll and Fast Cars - Volume I"
Introduction by Martyn Goddard - Author
In 2007 I staged an exhibition at the Exposure Gallery London to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of The Jam In the City album, which I had shot in 1977. Since graduating from Harrow College of Technology & Art in the early 1970s I had found myself working for various rock bands including groups in the new wave and punk genre, and it was also around that time that I undertook automotive assignments for Car magazine. For the exhibition I assembled a group of prints of Rock & Roll artists and supercars that I had photographed. I hope the visitors thought it an interesting mix of images representing people and machines of the era.
Now ten years later and after the publication of a book on road trips around France titled "An Omelette & Three Glasses of Wine" I have, with the help of Mike Pickles, produced this book of photographs covering forty-plus years working as a photographer. I have always been a freelancer, which has given me freedom to work for an array of interesting magazines and record labels. It's been an extension of my teenage dreams of music and fast cars that my chosen profession has given me the ability to be a part of, as I can't play a note of music and only managed fourth place in my ten-year career as a historic rally driver. The book is all about the images, the people and automobiles. Browsing the pages of photographs and reading accompanying copy and reprints of period stories, I hope you will be able to appreciate some great artists, automobiles and events that I was on hand to record in my own way. Over the 150 pages, with the help of editor David Lillywhite, it illustrates the enjoyment I have had working on the assignments. Not all went as planned but all shoots were fun on reflection!
I started my career as a dyslexic photographer but due to the massive changes in the technology and the publishing business I am now a photojournalist, producing words to accompany the images. In the early days, I presented my portfolio to magazines and record companies, picture editors and art directors and it was a couple of these who gave me the career breaks such as the Queen live gig in 1975 and my first Car magazine assignment, which turned out to be photographing a Bedford show truck. Today my images are marketed via the internet; efficient but I miss the personal contact. Nowadays, from time to time I lecture to student photographers, by chance at my old college, now called Westminster University. My opening comment is something like, "the only thing that is the same today as that day in 1973 when I graduated is that light passes through the lens of a camera".
Today we are bombarded by imagery via social media, most of a throwaway nature, around a trillion taken in 2015 alone. I continue using the latest digital cameras, processing the images on my computer giving me greater control, the holy grail of every photographer, which was only dreamt of in the classic film stock era. Enzo Ferrari was often asked which was his favourite Ferrari; he replied his marque's next automobile. I have my favourite photographs but still delight in producing new images in new ways. As they say, you are only as good as your last assignment!