Billboard Magazine – “Perhaps more than any other genre, rock n’ roll is as much about the live experience as the recorded work. From Elvis Presley wiggling his hips to the Rolling Stones causing teenagers to lose their minds and tear venues apart to Bruce Springsteen’s stadium domination, live concerts are an integral part of rock’s story. A new book from the Smithsonian, written by longtime music industry veteran Bill Bentley, shines a light on live music history using crowd-sourced photos, from Chuck Berry to present day. ”

In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music…and Alejandro Escovedo fans answered that call. See rock and roll as it has never been seen before in Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen, which features Alejandro Escovedo.  Bentley, former VP of Warner Bros Records and A&R director of Concord, explains, “Back in the early ’90s I was a publicist for the Flaming Lips, and a guy named Matt Litts was their tour manager, so we got to be buddies. Years later, late 2015, he came to me – he’s now director of marketing of Smithsonian Books – and says, ‘Smithsonian has this idea for a photo book, would you like to be the writer?’ This was just a dream come true to me.”

“The Smithsonian website was trying to get people to send in photos they’d taken over the years, not so much professionals, just fans of the music,” Bentley explains. ‘We ended up with 4,000 images. It was early 2016 when we started going through them all, picked a ton, and made a list of people who should be in the book. Even though it’s a subjective history, we felt there were some bands that needed to be in the book. So we went to estates and professional photographers [for artists when there weren’t fan photos] and put them all together. Every chance we had to use a fan photo we did.” Purchase Smithsonian Rock and Roll 

 

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