More than 250 Images of The Who’s Who of the Classic Rock Era – Including The Who! – By Veteran Music Shooter Richard E. Aaron Offer Something For Everyone
The Rolling Stones, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Sex Pistols, The Who, Billy Joel, Patty Smith, Bob Marley, Aerosmith, Grace Slick, ABBA, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John, Eric Clapton….
If they headlined a rock or pop concert in New York during the Seventies, and later in Los Angeles in the Eighties, chances are music photographer Richard E. Aaron shot them.
As the music photojournalist for Time magazine and a frequent shooter for Rolling Stone magazine, Aaron was in the enviable position of photographing the biggest names in the industry both on stage and behind the velvet rope.
“Rock On Paper,” an exhibit featuring some of Aaron’s best work – photos of nearly 250 separate musical artists of the Classic Rock Era — opens in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, June 20th, at Fathom Gallery, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The exhibit, which is free to the public, will continue through August 1st.
Honored by Modern Photography magazine as among The Top 10 Music Photographers of all time, Aaron through the decades amassed an enormous archive of more than half a million images of superstar recording artists.
His images were published by the leading newspapers and magazines of the day, some 45,000 all told. Among them were the first photographic rock ‘n’ roll cover of Time magazine of Paul McCartney in his first post-Beatle tour, Wings Over America (1975-76). He also has to his credit hundreds of album covers, including the iconic “Frampton Comes Alive” breakthrough album for Peter Frampton.
The cover features a gauzy image by Aaron of the androgynous young rocker performing, his curly blond, shoulder-length hair backlit in pink. Many critics believe it was the album cover, as much as the music itself, that propelled Frampton into instant superstardom.