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Over 30 Years in Photos: Classic Rock Through the Lens of Michael Putland

For over 30 years, Michael Putland has photographed celebrities. Thanks to his work, almost 50 years later, we can see the most famous musicians of that time. We have collected the most famous works of the photographer in one place so that you can feel the atmosphere of that time.

Classic rock in pictures

Photo cult rock photographer Michael Putland, who worked throughout the 70s "without days off". Eminent music photographer for four decades photographed rock musicians at such close range that he can show insane how the musicians let him. Rolling Stones, John Lennon, David Bowie - among the models for his photographs are almost all the most popular artists of that time.

Thanks to his work, we can with my own eyes see the lives of legendary musicians at arm's length. Today we want to share with you our selection of the most famous photos of Putland. Each of them ideally conveys the atmosphere of the time and the characteristics of certain musicians.

1968

Jimi Hendrix and his band with DJ Emperor Roskoe and the future Duke of Norfolk in 1968. This photo was taken after Woburn Music Festival, at Woburn Abbey, owned by Robin Russell, who later became the 14th Duke of Bedford.

Jimi
Jimi

1972

Elton John at home in Windsor in 1972. John started early his career, and then worked at a very high speed. Photo caption:

“You can probably see the tension that this gifted young man was working with at the time.”

Elton John
Elton John

1972

Mark Bolan from T. Rex at a recording studio in France in 1972. Michael had money problems at that time (and maybe not only at that time). Mark Bolan turned around to his bodyguard Alfie and said, "Take care of Mike." Big Alfie asked, "How much do you want, Mike?"

Mark Bolan
Mark Bolan

1973

Mick and Bianca Jagger on tour in Berlin in 1973. Photographer Michael Putland:

 “I had a terrible hangover and had to board a plane with a group at 7 am at Tempelhof Airport, on the way there I stopped from time to time to sit on my camera and take a deep breath. Eventually bumping into the plane, I noticed that Mick and Bianca were already fast asleep in the front row."

Mick
Mick

1973

Frank Zappa thoughtfully smokes cigarette in London in 1973.

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa

1976

Brian Ferry from Roxy Music at his home in London in 1976. Putland:

“My style has always been more photojournalistic – I didn’t want to take glossy photos. There are people who take very beautiful glossy pictures, but my talent is not technical, it captures the moment and shows a real person.

Brian Ferry
Brian Ferry

1977

Led Zeppelin in New York in 1977. Groups are always very difficult imagine in one frame when playing live. Michael was walking down the aisle of Madison Square Garden and with a very long lens, he was lucky enough to capture it.

 

Zeppelin
Zeppelin

Now this photo is one of most popular shots by Michael Putland.

1978

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in a 1978 Rolling Stones video shoot. Putland was the official photographer for The Stones' 1973 tour and fixed them on camera many times that year.

Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones

1978

Donna Summer in Washington in 1978. Putland earlier photographed Summer in London in 1976 and worked with her many times in 1978-79.

Don
Don

1980

Susie Sue in London in 1980.

Sue
Sue

After Sue's photo shoots with Debbie Harry, Hynde and others for the "Ladies Tea Party", it was nice to photograph Sue solo. Beneath her hair were the brightest eyes I have ever seen: her tender soul was read in them.

1980

Debbie Harry with Chrissie Hynde and Viv Albertin in London in 1980. Before photographing Harry in London, Putland met her while he was in New York:

“This magnificent creature walked onto the stage in Central Park barely dressed, approached the microphone, smiled at the audience, cleared his throat and spat on the stage. It was so shocking, especially when she looked so beautiful."

Debi
Debi

1987

Robert Smith from The Cure on tour in Brazil in 1987.

Putland was in Brazil with journalist Johnny Black to cover this South American tour of The Cure for Q magazine. stopped in the village. Michael told Robert that his lipstick was quite smeared.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

Then Robert Smith looked impassively at Michael, saying that it should be so.

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