This is a bumper collection of photographs, mostly of rock and pop stars in situations where in hindsight, they would probably have preferred the cameramen to be elsewhere at the time. It is also a collection of shots in which sex has been used to sell the artist, or their records, or both, in the days before sexism was a political issue. Apart from the album sleeves themselves, these pictures have not been touched up or airbrushed. Neither were the negatives consigned to the darkroom bin or locked away in safety deposit boxes.
Chris Charlesworth has spent a lifetime writing about music, both as a staff writer on Melody Maker during the Seventies and for countless other media outlets since. Until recently the Editor-in-Chief at Omnibus Press, he has interviewed hundreds of musicians, including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John and Rod Stewart, and travelled on the road with Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton. He has produced records for The Who and his music blog Just Backdated has attracted over half a million hits.