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Rock Music

Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. It has its roots in 1940s' and 1950s' rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by blues, rhythm and blues and country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical sources.

Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar and drums. Typically, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse-chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis.

The dominance of rock by white, male musicians has been seen as one of the key factors shaping the themes explored in rock music. Rock places a higher degree of emphasis on musicianship, live performance, and an ideology of authenticity than pop music.

Angus Young, AC/DC onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in 1979 photographed by David Corio

AC/DC

AC/DC's guitarist Angus Young is a great musician but very difficult to photograph as he moves non-stop. - Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.

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AC/DC (ACDC001MAGO)

AC/DC

Martyn Goddard shot AC/DC in 1976 during their first UK tour when they played five gigs at the Marquee Club

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AC/DC (ACDC003MAGO)

AC/DC

Contact sheet of AC/DC photos taken whilst they were completing their 1976 residency at the Marquee Club, London.

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The B52s by artist Horace Panter

The B52s

Signed limited edition cassette print by Horace Panter of The B-52's

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Beatles, The (TB001BG)

The Beatles

John Lennon in New York City in 1974, this was during the period when he recorded 'Walls and Bridges'.

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Beatles, The (TB001MPUT)

The Beatles

John Lennon and Yoko Ono In the White Room in Ascot, 1971 where the classic video clip for ‘Imagine’ was shot

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Beatles, The (TB001WHIT)

The Beatles

This iconic 'Umbrella' image was taken in Scotland in 1964 on the banks of Loch Earn.

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Beatles, The (TB003BW)

The Beatles

John Lennon & Yoko Ono in the kitchen of their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, UK in 1971, taken after an on-site press interview.

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Beatles, The (TB004WHIT)

The Beatles

The Beatles having fun at Cliveden House whilst taking a break from filming the comedy, Help in May 1965.

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Beatles, The (TB005WHIT)

The Beatles

Iconic photo of John Lennon with a flower in his eye, fondly known as 'Adoration'.

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Beatles, The (TB006WHIT)

The Beatles

A very relaxed looking John Lennon taken by photographer Robert Whitaker at his studio in London.

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Blondie (BL002MAGO)

Blondie

Debbie Harry, Blondie recording Parallel Lines at the Record Plant Studio, New York in 1978

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Blondie (BL005MAGO)

Blondie

Debbie Harry leaning on Martyn Goddard's tripod with his Nikon FE camera. Shot on a New York rooftop in 1978

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Bob Dylan (BD001DONH)

Bob Dylan

Early set of contact sheet photos by Don Hunstein taken of Bob Dylan in his New York apartment on West 4th Street in 1963.

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Bob Dylan (BD001ROSA)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan looks out of the window of the Roxy Hearts Diner in Portland, Oregon whilst on the second leg of his Gospel Tour in January, 1980

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Bob Dylan (BD002BW)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan relaxing and having a pint during the recordings for his BBC concert at BBC Studios in June 1965

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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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Bob Dylan (BD004DONH)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan during his recording sessions for 'Highway 61 Revisited' at Columbia Studios in June 1965

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Bob Dylan (BD006DONH)

Bob Dylan

At Columbia Studios, New York 1963 Bob Dylan crouching with his guitar during a recording session for his second studio album 'Freewheelin''

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Bob Dylan (BD007ROSA)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan relaxing in the studio in Santa Monica in September 1980

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Bruce Springsteen (BN003LR)

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen captured during The River Tour in 1981 at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam

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Chic (CH001JF)

Chic

All four members of Chic cannot help but groove to the same beat.

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Clash, The (CL001MBR)

The Clash

The Clash giving it all onstage at The Music Machine (Camden Palace), London in 1978

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The Cure, 1980 by Jill Furmanovsky

The Cure

The Cure on the road in Holland and Belgium during their 1980 'Seventeen Seconds' tour.

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Featured Prints

Patti Smith (PS001LR)

Patti Smith

Patti Smith photographed in the Netherlands in January 1980

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U2 (UT007DC)

U2

U2 on top of a hotel roof in Cork, Ireland on a cold February morning in 1980

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Clash, The (CL002SSHE)

The Clash

The Clash on stage at the the first large scale Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League carnival at Victoria Park, April 1978.

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Jimi Hendrix (JH001BW)

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix at the Melody Maker Pop Awards 1967

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David Bowie (DB001POST)

David Bowie

Exclusive David Bowie print specially created by The Postman for Rockarchive, based on a photograph taken by Dave Hogan at Live Aid in 1985

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Jam, The (JA006MAGO)

The Jam

Contact sheet of The Jam's photo shoot for the cover of their debut album 'In The City'

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Featured Artists

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

A unique collection of images of Pink Floyd, one of the worlds most successful and influential rock bands.

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Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.

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Amy Winehouse onstage at the V Festival in 2008, photograph taken by photographer Mark Mawston

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.

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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

Blondie

Blondie is a American rock band founded by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein that pioneered the New York new wave & punk scenes of the 1970s.

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968 & considered one of the most innovative & influential rock bands in history.

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Oasis

Oasis

Oasis was an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band has sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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Featured Collections

***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Contact Sheets Print Collection

Contact Sheets Print Collection

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

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Jake Chessum

Jake Chessum

During his 30 year career Jake Chessum has shot defining images of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Jay Z, The Beastie Boys & David Bowie.

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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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Alternative artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd's Division Bell

Album Covers

Album covers can define a band almost as much as the music itself. Now you can put this great art on your wall as well as your turntable

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Morgan Howell Print Collection

Morgan Howell Print Collection

Artist Morgan Howell's paintings of record sleeves have become cult classics. We are delighted to introduce a range of his affordable prints

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