Surrey, England: Genesis/Hedley, 1990. First Edition. Cloth. [signed by] Peter Blake, Terry Doran, Marianne Faithful, Gerard Malanga, John Mayall, Larry Rivers, Carly Simon, Terry Southern, Bill Wyman, and Leonard Cohen. Tall octavo, 37 x 25.5cm, black Leather and yellow canvas, all edges dyed red, purple photo collage endpapers, 368pp, lavishly illustrated with Coopers photographs of rock icons of the twentieth century, especially the Rolling Stones, black silk ribbon bookmark with negative attached to the end. Comes in matching yellow and black box. As new. Item #285
Limited to 5000 copies this is copy 3247. Michael Cooper is famous for shooting the cover of Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) and capturing the Rolling Stones at their most drug-addled around the recording and release of Their Satanic Majesty’s Request (also 1967). The book is filled with images of major and minor figures: “Getting close to the Stones appears to have been a perilous business, some of Coopers photographs show whole gatherings of young groovers who are now long dead, exquisites, dandies, flower children--all broken butterflies and moths to fame --extending the lepidoptera metaphor George Melly called Cooper a "dragonfly that darted and hovered across these careless years.” (www.bookride.com). Cooper clearly had the candid photographer's knack of never seeming in the way - his subjects seemingly unaware of the lens, or at least extremely comfortable with Cooper's presence in their midst.