Raj Prem’s life work is one of great myth in rock photography circles. Well-known snaps of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan and more are a result of his passion, resulting in the tracking down of the rarest and most iconic photos available. In order to make sure fans can view the work, he works alongside photographers – representing them, managing their archives and organizing shows. An iconic pioneer, Prem and long time collaborators San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) put on the world’s first rock photography show back in 1997, based upon his belief that photography is indeed true art. He has worked with many industry legends, including but not limited to Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd. The former rock journalist keeps a special place in his heart for the Rolling Stones, to this day. Photographs of the Stones’ 1965 US tour displayed at that very first exhibition and those from “The Decca Years”, a showcase which depicted the Rolling Stones rise from chart attractions to leaders of the counter culture wave, have pleased audiences and were obtained largely as a result of Prem’s hard work. Take a look at Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and you will see that many of the photographs are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
Month: April 2017
Musical opinions are without a doubt some of the most subjective that can be made, so personal statements about songs and bands are often difficult to convincingly maintain. However, there are a handful that are simply impossible to argue with. One of which is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands in history. Musically, a compelling case can be made as the band has created many of the most memorable and definitive songs the genre has seen. However, it may be public image of the band that really sets them apart from the competition. The Rolling Stones created the standard for how a rock band should look and present themselves, and now, German publisher TASCHEN and editor Reuel Golden have teamed with the band itself to offer an unprecedented look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book named aptly “The Rolling Stones”. And along with pictures and illustrations from the member’s personal stash, many previously unseen, acclaimed photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has supplied a number of extraordinary prints for this must-have book.
Without a doubt, musical opinions are some of the most subjective that exist, so all-encompassing statements about songs and artists are often hard to back up convincingly. There are a few, however, that are truly impossible to argue. One of those rare universally held opinions is undoubtedly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll acts of all time. First, from a musical standpoint, a compelling case can be made as the band has created some of the most well-known and iconic songs the genre has seen. But it may be the visual aspect of the band that truly puts them above any other. The Rolling Stones set the precedent for how a rock band should conduct themselves. For fans, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band itself is releasing an unparalleled look into their fifty-year career in a collectible book titled simply “The Rolling Stones”. Complementing photos and illustrations from the band’s personal archives, many previously unreleased, renowned photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has provided a number of legendary prints for this definitive book.