Guildford: Genesis Publications, 2006. [Music Biography] SIGNED COLLECTOR EDITION. Quarto (36 x 26cm), pp.156. Number 658 of 1400 copies thus, SIGNED by the photographer, Lew Allen, and guest editor Mike McCartney. Lew Allen's photographs are reproduced throughout in duotone inks with image varnishing on to heavyweight, 200 gsm matt art paper. Quarter-bound in fine blue suede with silver blocking and page edging. Each Collector copy is presented in a custom-designed archival case. A fine, as-new copy, still in the original card mailer. 'Elvis & the Birth of Rock celebrates the extraordinary era when rock and roll tour buses travelled the States, often presenting several legendary performers in a single billing, as documented in the stunning photographs of Lew Allen and the words of Mike McCartney. 1956 was a defining year for Elvis Presley as he rocketed from regional celebrity to national icon. In January, his first Number One hit, 'Heartbreak Hotel' was followed by his first album topping the charts in March. On November 23rd, a 17-year-old photography enthusiast was invited to shoot Elvis Presley at the Cleveland Arena for his high school newspaper. A labour strike at the three major newspapers in Cleveland meant that Lew Allen was the only photographer at the show. Interspersed among the photographs of Elvis, are images from two shows in Rochester, New York in 1958, both part of popular music bus tours throughout the States, which included several now-legendary acts, such as Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon, and many more. It was Bob Shatten, Lew Allen's nephew, who began the task of assembling the work for publication in 1988 when Lew dug out some old contact sheets that had been gathering dust in his basement for decades. That work was continued by Mike McCartney who brought the previously unseen collection to the attention of Genesis Publications. The project's three collaborators, Lew, Bob, and Mike, provide a fascinating and illuminating commentary to the photographs, exploring their historic context and cultural significance.' (Genesis Publications). Item #63917
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