Listen to Looch: 'Icon: Music Through the Lens' goes deep on rock-and-roll photography

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Listen To Looch: 'Icon: Music Through the Lens' (Mary Lucia; Luke Taylor | MPR)

This week, Mary Lucia talks about a new six-part documentary series on PBS called Icon: Music Through the Lens. Given her love of rock-and-roll photography, Mary says, "It's essentially a documentary that was made for me."

The series features iconic photos from rock history right up to the present day, along with interviews with the photographers themselves on each individual's approach to the art of music photography. Providing additional insights are a number of musicians, too.

Photographers interviewed include Jill Furmanovsky, Mick Rock, Danny Clinch, Michael Zagaris, Bruce Talamon, Kevin Westenberg, Terry O'Neill, Kevin Cummins, Bob Gruen, Rachael Wright, Deborah Feingold, Rankin, Laura Levine, Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Janette Beckman, Roger Sargent, Pooneh Ghana, Christie Goodwin, Albert Watson and Lynn Goldsmith.

Sharing their insights from a musician's point-of-view are Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age), Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich, (Metallica), Brett Anderson (Suede), Alice Cooper, Craig David, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Zara Larsson, Stefflon Don, Sharleen Spiteri (Texas), Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Julian Lennon and Dizzee Rascal.

Icon: Music Through the Lens produced and directed by Dick Carruthers, and is airing now on PBS stations.

Official Trailer

External Link

Icon: Music Through the Lens - official site (PBS)

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7 Photos

  • The first major group portrait of the Beatles
    The first major group portrait of the Beatles was taken by Terry O'Neill during the recording of their first hit single and album 'Please Please Me' in the backyard of the Abbey Road Studios in London, January 1961. (Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images)
  • Bruce Talamon's photo of Stevie Wonder
    Bruce Talamon's photo of Stevie Wonder, as featured in the six-part PBS documentary series, "Icon: Music Through the Lens." (Bruce W. Talamon)
  • Photographer Baron Wolman with photo of George Harrison
    Photographer Baron Wolman with a photo he made of the Beatles' George Harrison, from the six-part PBS documentary series, "Icon: Music Through the Lens." (courtesy PBS)
  • Photographer Bob Gruen in New York
    Photographer Bob Gruen in New York, as seen in the six-part PBS documentary series, "Icon: Music Through the Lens." (courtesy PBS)
  • Dick Carruthers interviewing Chris Floyd
    Dick Caruthers, producer and director of the six-part PBS series, "Icon: Music Through the Lens," speaks with rock photographer Chris Floyd at Floyd's home in London. (courtesy PBS)
  • Photographer Jill Furmanovsky
    Photographer Jill Furmanovsky with her photo of the Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts, from the six-part PBS documentary series, "Icon: Music Through the Lens." (courtesy PBS)
  • Photographer Michael Spencer Jones
    Photographer Michael Spencer Jones describes his work to create the image on the cover of Oasis's album, "What's the Story, Morning Glory?", in the PBS six-part series, "Icon: Music Through the Lens." (courtesy PBS)