Category Archives: Images

John Lennon | September 1962

It’s all in the eyes. This rarely seen photograph of John Lennon on the precipice of superstardom was taken around the back of Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool 60 years ago to the day. We’ve seen a few shots … Continue reading

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Lou Reed | I’m So Free – The 1971 RCA Demos

Fifty years on from his self-titled solo debut album, and nine years since his untimely death, Lou Reed is still nabbing headlines with a collection of rare demos released over the holidays and just as quickly withdrawn in an apparent … Continue reading

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The retro-yet-modern album cover for Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ Get Happy!! LP was designed based on a photo of Elvis lying on a street grill. The packaging for Elvis Costello’s Get Happy!! (1980) sleeve was designed by brilliant graphic artist … Continue reading

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The photograph on the cover of The Kinks’ country-rock masterpiece Muswell Hillbillies was shot at the Archway Tavern in London, a couple of miles away from Muswell Hill in North London where band leader Ray Davies and guitarist Dave Davies grew … Continue reading

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T.Rex | The Slider

Released on this day 50 years ago, the timeless photograph of Marc Bolan on the cover of The Slider was credited to have been taken by Ringo Starr. But was it? The iconic photograph of Marc Bolan with his “corkscrew … Continue reading

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The Human League | Reproduction

The image on the cover of The Human League’s debut album Reproduction, anticipates their definitive line-up. Before the mainstream success of ‘Don’t You Want Me’, one of the most enduringly popular songs of the 80s, and before the twin sultry … Continue reading

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Curiously, the cinematic image that would grace the cover of U2’s classic album The Joshua Tree was not taken at California’s namesake national park, but rather some 250 miles north at Zabriskie Point.  Many fans assume that the cover was … Continue reading

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Queen – News of the World (1977)

The terrifying cover art for Queen’s sixth album, 1977’s News of the World, is an adaptation of a painting by science fiction illustrator Frank Kelly Freas. Originally designed for an October 1953 issue of the comic book “Astounding”, it features … Continue reading

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Kiss – The solo albums (1978) The painted images used for the Kiss solo albums, all released on 18 September 1978, were based on the cover of a 1977 Kiss world tour glossy. Only Ace Frehley’s image doesn’t match up. … Continue reading

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The captivating Eurythmics album cover for Revenge (1986) was the work of British artist Eric Scott and long-time graphic designer and visionary for the duo, Laurence Stevens. This impressive oil-on-canvas of a hyperrealistic Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of UK … Continue reading

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The Beatles – 1969 Photos

In the wake of Peter Jackson’s game-changing Get Back movie, The Press shares these rarely seen images of The Beatles taken from a roll of film in Yoko Ono’s stolen Instamatic camera – all care of Award Winning Author and … Continue reading

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David Bowie’s short-lived excursion into aggressive garage alt-rock caused a furore over its controversial LP cover illustration requiring its manly genitalia to be airbrushed out, all in the name of public decency . . . again! After Bowie attended an … Continue reading

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Never before had Lou Reed seemed so approachable and joyful as he did on 1984’s New Sensations, an album that cast him in a new light without losing any of what has made him an icon.  New Sensations may not … Continue reading

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Iggy Pop / David Bowie Collaborations in 16 Tracks

Iggy Pop and David Bowie were strong musical partners throughout the 1970s and 1980s and this 16-track compilation provides an insight into the depth and breadth of their collaborations and friendship. “Some bands do Stones. Some bands do Chuck Berry. … Continue reading

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Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.2

On what would’ve been the great man’s 75th birthday, The Press brings you Part 2 of our Bowie Deep Cuts series, collecting some interesting mixes, demos and live versions, and album tracks.  David Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.2 mp3 TRACKS … Continue reading

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The album cover for The Fall’s 1985 classic This Nation’s Saving Grace was designed by Danish painter Claus Castenskiold with British photographer Michael Pollard, brilliantly synthesising photography and drawing for one of the band’s strongest-ever releases. The band’s artistic confidence … Continue reading

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The Lemon Twigs – Bowery Ballroom, NYC

With a new album on the way, we appease our excitement with twelve of the greatest moments on record from New York’s incredible The Lemon Twigs. Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs recently played two shows in … Continue reading

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John Lennon

So long ago Was it in a dream? Was it just a dream? I know, yes I know It seemed so very real Seemed so real to me

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Syd Barrett – Earl’s Court

Mick Rock captured these seminal shots of Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett outside his flat in Earl’s Court during the Madcap Sessions. The photos are some of the best the late-great legendary snapper shot, and considered to be Rock’s … Continue reading

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These are the four original photographs of the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, taken by filmmaker Gus Van Sant, for their Rick Rubin-produced funk-rock classic, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991). In 1991 Van Sant was commissioned by the … Continue reading

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RIP Mick Rock

Mick Rock, who captured iconic images of artists including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop and more, has died, aged 72. A photographic poet and The Man Who Shot The 70s he created some of the most magnificent photographs … Continue reading

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Bowie and Egon Schiele

The composition for David Bowie’s Lodger album cover reflected the influence of Egon Schiele’s Self-Portrait as Saint Sebastian (1914). A major figurative painter of the early 20th century, Egon Schiele’s (1890-1918) work is known for its anguished eroticism, explicit sexuality and raw … Continue reading

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Waiting on a Friend

This photo of Mick and Keith was taken at The Feathers pub on 36 Tudor Street, London, on 30 July 1967 after both had just been granted bail and released from jail under conditions pending their appeals, following one of … Continue reading

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Ziggy Played Guitar

This newly unearthed photograph of David Bowie with a red Zemaitis Stratocaster was taken by legendary producer Tony Visconti in the old Haddon Hall wine cellar in early 1970, pointing the way to the electric glam-rock that would make Bowie … Continue reading

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Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes

Glam rock’s definitive anthem recently turned 49, and this image of a young dude was originally earmarked as the album cover for Mott the Hoople’s All the Young Dudes released in July 1972.  Dude ’72 is the name of the image, … Continue reading

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Photographer Al Clayton was present during the last session for Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait (1970) album. These black and white pictures here finds Dylan at ease, conversing with musicians and listening to a playback at Columbia Records’ studio in Nashville. Dylan’s … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Earthling (1997) In the mid 1990s, Bowie started to work with the then upcoming fashion wunderkind Alexander McQueen who had designed stage costumes for Bowie and his band for the 1996 tour. The sleeve for his experimental … Continue reading

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The castle depicted on the iconic album cover of U2’s The Unforgettable Fire is the stately ruin Moydrum Castle, and the dramatic image was taken by photographer Anton Corbijn north of Athone in Ireland. The album’s photograph, design, sepia tone … Continue reading

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Tom Phillips’ 1972 oil on canvas After Raphael. A detail was used on the front cover of Brian Eno’s 1975 masterpiece, Another Green World. Tom Phillips was one of Eno’s mentors and friends from his Camberwell School Of Art days, and … Continue reading

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100 years ago, today

Not a mobile phone in sight just people living in the moment:             All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy….

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Look Closely: Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell

Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell (1980) In 1980 Black Sabbath, fronted by the great Ronnie James Dio at the time, were in a jam. They were releasing a new album called Heaven and Hell and the original album cover … Continue reading

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Look Closely: Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti

Ever wondered why Led Zeppelin called their 1975 double album Physical Graffiti? Look closely at the fire escapes on the album cover and the subliminal message of L  Z can been seen – hence the album’s title. Allegedly. The album’s … Continue reading

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All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

Jack Nicholson is straight up one of the coolest people who has ever lived. Here he is, aged 32, getting high and listening to some records, circa 1969. But which records? The Press investigates…. In September 1969, not long after … Continue reading

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Bowie

Tremble like a flower…… Bowie, Los Angeles, 1975.

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Alice Cooper – DaDa (1983) Alice Cooper delivered his eighth solo album, and something of a comeback in 1983. It was called DaDa, and while far from his most commercially successful release, it really is quite good and holds up … Continue reading

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David Bowie: The Thin White Duke in New York, 1976

This is secretly the greatest live album Bowie never released*, this legendary bootleg captures Bowie in transition, moving from his plastic soul phase to the European electronic music he would create with his immanent relocation to Berlin. David Bowie – … Continue reading

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John Lennon 1980

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The Beatles – The Final Images

This is the last ever photo of The Beatles. The Beatles broke up 50 years ago, and their music remains embedded in the fabric of pop culture. By the time Paul McCartney sued his fellow Beatles, and their parent company … Continue reading

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Andy Warhol’s diary entry for Tuesday, April 12, 1977. “Mick wants me to do the cover on his next album. I’m trying to think of ideas, how to do “Rolling Stones.” The original Warhol design was without words, Andy believed that … Continue reading

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MainMan Podcast

MainMan are compiling a fascinating series exploring the history of the record label, which was a rights management organisation formed by entrepreneur and impresario Tony Defries that helped to develop the careers of many artistes including Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, … Continue reading

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McCartney III – Part II

The Press might have got there first but now it’s official: McCartney III was announced today by Macca to be released on 11 December 2020 – freakin’ awesome news in a shitful year. Let’s face it, it’s going to be … Continue reading

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Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel II (Scratch) (1978) Another Hipgnosis classic album cover, this was the second of four self-titled albums by Peter Gabriel after leaving Genesis. Due to the iconic nature of the image, it is often referred to … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Tonight (1984) Bowie’s ‘tash album? Or Bowie’s trash album? Here are three very cool Polaroid photographs that were taken by English designer Mick Haggerty for Bowie’s Tonight album in 1984, at the Carlyle Hotel NYC following the … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (1981) Ever wondered who that chick was on the Stones’ Tattoo You album sleeve? Well wonder no more, it’s Mick Jagger. This is the evolution of photographer Hubert Kretzschmar’s Jagger portrait into the album … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Young Americans (1975) Bowie’s Young Americans sleeve was based on Toni Basil’s image on the cover of Sept ’74’s After Dark magazine. It inspired Bowie to commission the photographer Eric Stephen Jacobs to shoot and airbrush the … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Aftermath (1966) A mirror image of the band ended up on the cool sepia-tinted Aftermath album cover in 1966 for the Stones. The front cover photo for the British release was taken by master of the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (1975) Toronto photographer Paul Till snapped the profile shot of Bob and his Telecaster during a January 1974 concert in the city, and then used a combination of sophisticated dark room development techniques … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) A Saucerful of Secrets was Pink Floyd’s second album and featured both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour as part of the band. The album cover was Storm Thorgerson and partner Aubrey Powell’s … Continue reading

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The Police – Outlandos d’Amour (1978) Janette Beckman shot this photo for the cover of the Police’s first album Outlandos d’Amour in a tunnel on London’s South Bank, near Waterloo Station, in 1978. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland unveiled … Continue reading

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Bowie Now

For an RCA Records US-only promo released in 1978, the intriguing Bowie Now is a surprisingly fine album-track selection of Berlin-era Bowie material and originally something of a rare artefact. The purpose of this record was to draw attention of … Continue reading

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