BOOKS | BIG SHOTS
Big Shots is a stunning collection of Guy's historic photography. Visually striking and emotionally evocative, this unique volume includes both iconic and never-before-seen images as well as stories from Webster himself and the celebrities he worked with, including Brian Wilson, Michelle Phillips, and Ray Manzarek, among many others.
“There was no handbook to navigating the sixties,” admits Guy Webster. It was a time of newfound creative freedom during which any guidebook, had there been one, would have quickly been discarded. From this experiential culture emerged icons who continue to inspire us to this day. Los Angeles was a polestar for the music and entertainment that gave expression to this remarkable time, and Guy Webster, Nikon in hand, bore witness to it all.
Webster, an L.A. native, saw his childhood stomping grounds become the epicenter of a youthquake that not only shook up the music scene but also fashion, visual arts, and popular culture. With his controversial cover shot on the Mamas and the Papas’ first album, Webster firmly established his reputation as a photographer capable not only of capturing the emotional nuance of the era, but also of helping to define it.
Musicians and actors—such as Simon & Garfunkel, Jack Nicholson, Bob Dylan, Jane Fonda, Jim Morrison, Natalie Wood, Janis Joplin, Raquel Welch, Jimi Hendrix, and Mick Jagger—are among the hundreds of personalities Webster shot before they were legends. In this definitive volume, their early creative worlds and intimate stories come alive on the page.
RollingStone.com: “Throughout his decades-long career, photographer Guy Webster has captured some of the most iconic figures in music, film and politics–from the Rolling Stones to Dean Martin to Bill Clinton–during their prime...”
The Daily Beast: “Guy Webster was the photographer of '60's counterculture, capturing intimate portraits of young talent like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jack Nicholson before they became American legends . . . It's very glamorous and very rock n' roll...”
BookTrib: “Beginning with his controversial cover shot of The Mamas and the Papas first album, Webster would go on to photograph musicians and actors . . . whose work would go on to indelibly shape the decade. Big Shots is a fascinating overview of one of rock photography’s early innovators, whose career spanned more than 40 years...”
Variety: "A thrill for anyone interested in the LA music and film scene of the ’60s and ’70s, when artists were breaking boundaries and building a new aesthetic . . . In this age of Instagram and Tumblr and Snapchat, Webster’s photos remind readers of the beauty of a timeless picture..."
Classic Rock: "True, there are countless rock photography collections on the market… but this is the best of them all..."