I like to suss the internet for all things music history related. One of my favourite go-to's is Dangerous Minds, a blog featuring daily news, music, art, etc... It is always equally obscure and relevant; a combo that is not always the easiest to achieve.
I came across this piece on Pennie Smith, British Rock n Roll photographer responsible for some of the most iconic images in music history. Her most famous piece, as argued in Dangerous Minds, being the cover of The Clash's London Calling, featuring bassist Paul Simonon mid-smash on stage.
What defines an iconic image, and what are some of your favorite iconic images of Radio 3 artits? Here are some of mine below. You know, the kind of picture that so perfectly captures an artist that whenever you even hear their name, that is the first image that comes to mind.
1. JAPANDROIDS - Post Nothing.
This picture kinda just sums them up, doesn't it? Best buds making music and not giving a toss about what anyone thinks. POWER POSE.
Half pixie, a quarter alien and another quarter anime character, this talented human being knows how to capture the zeitgeist without us even know what that zeitgeist is yet (internet? phone sex? vowels = space/time?) Oh, and pink bangs.
3. Handsome Furs
One leather, one denim, one trench - check. Cigarette in nose - check. Brick or stone wall in background - check. That's all it takes to make an iconic punk photo guys! A Vancouver classic.
5. Neil Young
I can't think of a single male songwriter that I'm really into right now that wouldn't want to look exactly like this. Honest without earnesty, kinda pissed, but so so wise.
on Jul 22, 2012