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Alec Byrne Collection

Through the 1960s and into the ’70s, young photographer Alec Byrne covered the exploding rock-and-roll scene in London. Legendary British artists—such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, and David Bowie—roiled the capital to the core along with groundbreaking American musicians such as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, and the Doors. The vibrancy of Swinging London provided provocative fodder for the talented lensman, capturing the height of a cultural revolution.

Rockarchive is honoured to be able to showcase Alec Byrne's extraordinary collection. Our highlights include a stunning contact sheet of Bob Dylan taken captured at the Isle of Wight festival in 1969, Iggy Pop performing with The Stooges at their legendary gig at Scala in 1972 and Jimi Hendrix relaxing at the Saville Theatre in 1967. 

David Bowie (DB001ALBY)

David Bowie

David Bowie posing in Beckenham Palace Park in September 1969

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Elton John (EJON001ALBY)

Elton John

The Rocketman himself, Elton John, brings it onstage at London's Crystal Palace in July 1971.

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Jimi Hendrix (JH001ALBY)

Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Jimi Hendrix Experience backstage at the Granada Theatre, Tooting, London in April 1967

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Bob Dylan (BD001ALBY)

Bob Dylan

Contact sheet of Bob Dylan taken at the Isle of Wight Press Conference in August 1969

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Iggy Pop (IG001ALBY)

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop performing onstage with The Stooges during their legendary performance at Scala (Kings Cross Cinema), London in July 1972

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Mick Jagger (RS003ALBY)

Mick Jagger

The Marquee Club, London in 1971, Mick Jagger during a sound check

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David Bowie (DB002ALBY)

David Bowie

David Bowie captured at Coventry Theatre on the Humble Pie Tour in October 1969

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Frank Zappa (ZA001ALBY)

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa photographed at the private Bailiffscourt Hotel, Sussex in June 1970

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Beatles, The (TB003ALBY)

The Beatles

John Lennon attending an Apple party at the Mayfair Hotel, London in 1968

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David Bowie (DB003ALBY)

David Bowie

Alec Byrne shot of David Bowie at Paddington Green, London in September 1969

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Marc Bolan (MB001ALBY)

Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan performing onstage with T-Rex in January 1974

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Elton John (EJON002ALBY)

Elton John

Elton John performing onstage at the Crystal Palace Garden Party at Crystal Palace Bowl, London in July 1971

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Jimi Hendrix (JH005ALBY)

Jimi Hendrix

Alec Byrne photograph of Jimi Hendrix backstage at Saville Theatre. Jimi wears a handmade Nehru jacket made by Mick Jagger's brother Chris

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Jimi Hendrix (JH004ALBY)

Jimi Hendrix

August 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience perform their single 'Burning of the Midnight Lamp' on Top of the Pops in London

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Beatles, The (TB001ALBY)

The Beatles

John Lennon performing at Madison Square Gardens, New York in August 1972

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Faces, The (FA001ALBY)

The Faces

The Faces captured by Alec Byrne on Hampstead Heath, London in July 1970

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Fleetwood Mac (FMAC001ALBY)

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac sit for a portrait in Hyde Park, London in 1969.

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Rolling Stones (RS004ALBY)

Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones performing Brown Sugar on Top of the Pops in 1971, a few days before they left for France to record 'Exile on Main St'.

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Keith Richards (RS005ALBY)

Keith Richards

Keith Richards on the set of Top of the Pops in 1971 getting ready to perform 'Brown Sugar' for the first time on the TV

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Jimi Hendrix & Mick Jagger (JH006ALBY)

Jimi Hendrix & Mick Jagger

Jimi Hendrix & Mick Jagger captured together on their first ever meeting at the Top of the Pops studio in May 1967

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The Beatles (TB002ALBY)

The Beatles

Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios in June 1967

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Jimi Hendrix (JH003ALBY)

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix relaxing backstage at the Saville Theatre, London in May 1967

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Featured Prints

AC/DC (ACDC002JA)

AC/DC

Angus Young, from AC/DC, captured in a small street outside a press meeting in Copenhagen in 1977

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Sex Pistols (SP001VT)

Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols on the set for the 'Pretty Vacant' video shoot at the ITN Studios, London in June 1977

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Bob Dylan (BD003ROSA)

Bob Dylan

In the studio in Santa Monica, California in 1980, Bob Dylan is captured whilst leaning on his guitar case.

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Fall, The (FALL001KC)

The Fall

Early shot of The Fall at Central Station Car Park, Manchester in the summer of 1978

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Beatles, The (TB009WHIT)

The Beatles

Shooting promotional films for the singles Rain & Paperback Writer at Chiswick Park Gardens in May 1966

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Annie Lennox (EU001SR)

Annie Lennox

This photo session was for No.1 Magazine (long since extinct) on a Eurythmics press day, they’d been doing interviews all day.

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Featured Artists

Ramones, The

The Ramones

The Ramones' loud, fast, straightforward musical style was influenced by music that the band members grew up listening to in the 50s & 60s.

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Madness

Madness

Madness are an English band from Camden Town, London & one of the most prominent bands of the late 70s & early 80s 2 Tone ska revival.

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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are one of the world's greatest rock bands having sold over more than 100 million records over the last 50 years

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Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Lou Reed was one of music's most influential icons. His music defied all definitions of genre & left a legacy that has inspired generations

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Who, The

The Who

The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964 & are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century.

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Smiths, The

The Smiths

Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

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Featured Collections

Contact Sheets Collection

Contact Sheets Collection

Our contact sheet collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky is one of the greatest ever rock & roll photographers with a huge archive of iconic shots of the world's best music artists

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Born In The USA

Born In The USA

The USA has given us many of the world's greatest music artists - we celebrate the best of the best

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Great Prints for £250 or less

Great Prints for £250 or less

Check out our great range of authentic fine art photographic prints available for £250 or less.

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The Duffy Archive Collection

The Duffy Archive Collection

For eight years photographer Brian Duffy worked with David Bowie and shot his most iconic and enduring images. View his fantastic collection

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David Bowie Remembered

David Bowie Remembered

We are all still reeling from the tragic loss of David Bowie. Here is a wonderful tribute from one of our photographers, Mark Mawston.

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