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Big Star - Isolated in the Light book



First Third Books announces the release of  BIG STAR - Isolated In The Light , an authorized, limited-edition volume, showcasing images from photographers who chronicled, both Big Star's beginnings during the burgeoning 1970's Memphis music scene and later solo projects of songwriters Alex Chilton and Chris Bell in Memphis, New York and across Europe.
Five years in the making, this is a collaborative effort between graphic designer Fabrice Couillerot and photographer Donna Ranieri, working remotely from both Paris and New York.   
"Fabrice and I both share a love of music and photography and once we realized that we were both fanatical about the music of Big Star, the idea was hatched to create a first-ever photography monograph.  Here was a band, not well known at the time, surrounded by a constellation of talented, gifted photographers, many of whom are now major names in the photography world. When you have someone like William Eggleston taking your band photos, that elevates the imagery to a completely new level."
BIG STAR - Isolated In The Light features over 200 (many rare and previously unseen) color and black and white photographs by illustrious names in the Fine Art and Rock Photography world such as William Eggleston, Michael O'Brien, Maude Schuyler Clay, Carole Manning, David Bell, John Fry, David Godis, Stephanie Chernikowski... and historic images from the vaults of Ardent Studios Archives. All photos are lovingly re-scanned and restored from original negatives, transparencies and prints. 
These photographers share their unique visual perspective along with memories of a band that went on to influence several generations of musicians. The book also features new interviews and Chris Bell's original handwritten letters and lyrics. 
The publication coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Ardent Studios, the Memphis independent label and recording studio that became ground zero for all of Big Star's recordings. The book pays tribute to late Ardent founder John Fry, their mentor, producer and engineer extraordinaire. 
The book includes exclusive new interviews with select photographers as well as Big Star drummer, Jody Stephens; David Bell, (the brother of guitarist Chris Bell) and an introduction by Bob Mehr, (author of Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements) an authority on Big Star and contributor to the Big Star career retrospective box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 04 April, 2017.

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