Synopses & Reviews
Chuck Boyd's love affair with photography began when his mother gave him a camera as a gift when he was thirteen years old. He quickly found his artistic voice, and at the age of sixteen, he went to work for Los Angeles radio station KRLA, covering special artist promotional functions. Shortly after beginning his work at the station, Boyd began working for Tiger Beat
, shooting rock-and-roll acts for the influential teen culture and music magazine.
In 1967, Buck Munger, an independent record producer and the national promotion director for Sunn Amplifiers, hired Boyd as Sunn's official photographer. While working with Munger, Boyd had the opportunity to photograph Cream, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, KISS, and dozens of other artists throughout the 1960s and 70s. Since he was often shooting photos for Sunn, Boyd always had unlimited stage access. His photographs represent both his talent and his incredible access to rock-and-roll stars both on and off the stage.
Boyd took his camera everywhere and recorded everything, but he never broke a confidence; he turned down a lot of money over the years to protect the people he considered his friends.
Forever Young stands as a legacy to Boyd's incredible rock-and-roll photography. From stage shots to candid portraits, Boyd saw and documented the lives of a host of legendary musicians, including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Who, the Doors, Janis Joplin, the Mamas and the Papas, Tom Petty, the Grateful Dead, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beach Boys. A portfolio filled with intimate images of rock stars in their youth and in the prime of their careers, these photos, which were only recently discovered, have been lovingly restored and are now being made available to the public for the first time. Capturing the zeitgeist that permeated rock through the 1960s and 70s, these images are a testament to Boyd's status as one of the most trusted and respected photographers in rock-and-roll history.
"A photographer from age 16, Boyd had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time. Music journalist Schwartz documents how, through a combination of chance, hard work, and a daring personality, Boyd gained the confidence of major musical peers; a luxury that also enabled him to get shots of band members in compromising positions (none of which have been published here). Boyd, who died in 1991, didn't leave notes to accompany the thousands of images, so Schwartz and friends have tried to document the images as accurately as possible. Many of the photos speak for themselves: a young James Brown primping for a 1965 television appearance, a sweat-drenched Little Richard in the studio, Martha and the Vandellas belting it out, and a bearded Jimmy Page with his violin bow aloft. Only a handful of Boyd's images were staged; the majority feature artists mid-performance or in candid moments. These were shots a fan or friend would take, and though Boyd wasn't the most technically-precise photographer, his work's warmth, immediacy, and charm reveal the work of a man who loved what he was doing and had a genuine affection for his subjects. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Music journalist Schwartz documents how, through a combination of chance, hard work, and a daring personality, Boyd gained the confidence of major musical peers; a luxury that also enabled him to get shots of band members in compromising positions." —Publishers Weekly (December 24, 2012)
"The book's layout makes for some provocative visual comparisons, juxtapositions, or parallels. . . . Some of the layouts also suggest intriguing geographical and musical combination. . . Boyd's visual sense is painterly as well as photographic." —www.PopMatters.com
"A beautiful book from cover to cover . . . and a 'coffee table' display item to be sure. . . . Cover to cover, an absolute delight of photographs . . . and the perfect addition to your music book collection." —www.ForgottenHits60s.blogspot.com
"A treasure trove of a time gone by lovingly restored for all to appreciate." —Beat Magazine (February 2013)
A showcase of the incredible photography of Chuck Boyd, one of the most trusted and well-liked photographers in the entertainment business, this collection stands as an incredible legacy of rock-and-roll imagery. A portfolio filled with intimate images of rock legends in the prime of their careers and in their youth—including Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Janis Joplin, the Mamas and the Papas, Tom Petty, the Grateful Dead, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beach Boys—these images, which were only recently discovered, have been lovingly restored by Chucks family and are now being made available to the public for the first time. Capturing the zeitgeist that permeated rock through the 1960s and 1970s, these images stand as a testament to Chuck Boyds status as one of the most trusted and respected photographers in the music business.
About the Author
was a professional rock-and-roll photographer who shot such artists as the Rolling Stones, the Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, KISS, and dozens of other artists throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Jeffrey Schwartz earned his master's degree in education, became an award-winning social studies teacher, and created a popular rock-and-roll history course for middle school and high school students in Los Angeles. In 2008, Lance Armstrong awarded Schwartz the LIVESTRONG Award for the programs that he developed in support of students and families battling cancer in Southern California. Schwartz currently lives in Santa Monica, where he works as a music historian and the archive director for the Chuck Boyd Photo Collection.