The new Music Photo Book Store in Buenos Aires is bringing a collection of unequaled photographs that highlight the milestones of the 20th-Century rock and roll history.
Even with the new rising genres thriving in the region (cachengue, trap, cumbia cheta, and literally anything else), Argentina is so infatuated with rock and roll that if the Rolling Stones were to come next month, we’d still fill the stadium.
Earlier this year, more than 400,000 Argentines visited the “Bowie by Mick Rock” and “John Lennon by Bob Gruen” photo exhibits. Many of the visitors wondered in awe if it might be possible to have those unique pictures at home, and just in time for Christmas, the answer is a huge YEAAH! You can now stand next to John Lennon in your own house and attempt (and let’s get real: probably fail) to look that cool.
The rare pieces are depicted by the same venerated light artists who dedicated their lives to capture the best – and worst – moments of these revered rock legends that invigorated entire generations by letting them chant out their discomfort with society at concert halls.
Developed in old NYC studios from the original negative slides, thousands of certified and limited-edition portraits of John Lennon, David Bowie, The Ramones, Blondie and Led Zeppelin are just a petite fraction of the concept store’s privileged archive that collectors and music lovers will literally start fangirling over. Back when there weren’t 60,000 people in every concert making ephemeral 24-hour shots, musicians and their photographers used to develop relationships so intimate and authentic that half a century later, the images they conceived still resemble statuesque pieces of a one-off epoch.
Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Lou Reed, Madonna, Queen, Patti Smith, Kiss, Miles Davis and U2 are also part of the catalogue arranged by The Music Photo Book Store together with the photographers and apotheosized masters Bob Gruen, Mick Rock, Roberta Bayley, Bob Bonis, Baron Wolman, David Godlis, Henry Diltz and Danny Fields.
Each artwork comes with a certificate endorsed by both the artists and The Music Photo Book Store which includes details about the shot, the paper, how many certified copies are out there, and if it’s part of a limited-edition set. Once you visit the store and purchase a piece from the archive, you will have it delivered home with all the care these museum pieces require.
The Music Photo Book Store is currently holding an exhibition of extraordinary Bob Gruen material of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, including some never-seen-before pieces that you can take home. Gruen, who also photographed the New York Dolls, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John and Tina Turner, is one of the only men alive who can still get us closer to Lennon’s legacy. In a conversation with The Bubble, he told us how “for him, rock and roll is about the freedom of expressing yourself rowdily,” which is what guides him when capturing that feeling in his pictures.
This store has also brought to town photo books and first-edition vinyl records that are otherwise really hard to find in the region. For example, there are only 700 hundred copies in the world of Mick Rock’s “The Rise of David Bowie” book edited by Taschen and signed by Bowie himself, and many of them are already in Buenos Aires. Other gems such as Bob Dylan’s Taschen book signed by Dylan and John Lennon’s book signed by Yoko Ono are also available for purchase (BRB, I’m in need of doing some Christmas shopping for myself).
Next month, the store is coming up with a new exhibition with the artworks of Roberta Bayley showing The Ramones and the American rock band Blondie, including a vintage copy of Ramones album cover original picture. So, you know, even if you’re broke because of the holidays, you can still go and check out all this really awesome stuff. Enjoy!
The Music Photo Book Store | Monday-Friday | 11 AM-8 PM| Arroyo 877, Buenos Aires |+54 (911) 3937-7757