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The 1990's

Popular music in the 1990s saw the continuation of teen pop and dance-pop trends which had emerged in the 1970s and 1980s. Furthermore, hip hop grew and continued to be highly successful in the decade, with the continuation of the genre's golden age. Aside from rap, reggae, contemporary R&B and urban music in general remained extremely popular throughout the decade; urban music in the late-1980s and 1990s often blended with styles such as soul, funk and jazz, resulting in fusion genres such as new jack swing, neo-soul, hip hop soul and g-funk which were popular.

Similarly to the 1980s, rock music was also very popular in the 1990s, yet, unlike the new wave and glam metal-dominated scene of the time, grunge, Britpop, industrial rock and other alternative rock music emerged and took over as the most popular of the decade, as well as punk rock, ska punk and nu metal, amongst others, which attained a high level of success at different points throughout the years.

Electronic music, which had risen in popularity in the 1980s, grew highly popular in the 1990s; house and techno from the 1980s rose to international success in this decade, as well as new electronic dance music genres such as trance, happy hardcore, drum and bass, intelligent dance and trip hop.

In Europe, Eurodance, Bubblegum dance and Europop music were highly successful, while also finding some international success. The decade also featured the rise of contemporary country music as a major genre, which had started in the 1980s.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are currently getting set for the 'Their Mortal Remains' exhibition at the V&A - Check out our range of images for sale.

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PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

British musician PJ Harvey was a distinctive voice in the early-'90s alternative rock explosion.

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Pretenders, The

The Pretenders

The Pretenders, led by lead vocalist Chrissie Hynde, crossed the bridge between punk and pop with their melodic yet hard, spiky songs

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Pulp

Pulp

Pulp are considered to be one of the most innovative and popular bands of the late 20th century and key figures of Britpop

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American funk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983 combining funk & punk with macho, sexed-up lyrics.

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REM

R.E.M.

R.E.M. was an American rock band formed in 1980, they were pivotal in the creation and development of the alternative rock genre.

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Artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Rick Wright's album Broken China

Rick Wright

Rick Wright was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter and solo artist. He was also a founding member of Pink Floyd.

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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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Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwrigh is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter & is considered one of the great male vocalists & songwriters of his generation.

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Simply Red

Simply Red

Simply Red is a British soul and pop band drawing upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic & rock to reggae & jazz.

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Sinead O'connor

Sinead O'connor

Sinéad O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s & is best known for her hit single 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.

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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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Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981 & were part of the 'no wave' art & music scene in New York City.

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Stereophonics

Stereophonics

Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band formed in 1992 that are best described as "classic UK rock delivered with whiskey vocals"

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Stone Roses

Stone Roses

The Stone Roses are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1983, meshing '60s-styled guitar pop with an understated '80s dance beat.

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter known for his musical tales of bohemians, drifters, misfits & his blend of blues, folk & jazz.

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U2

U2

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

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Featured Prints

Oasis (OA038JF)

Oasis

I was asked to shoot a band session at Abbey Road, about a month after the media furore that was going on at the time.

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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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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan hanging out on the streets of Portland, Orgeon prior to performing there as part of his Gospel Tour in January 1980.

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Morrissey (SM001KC)

Morrissey

Morrissey performing upside down on a monitor during his Kill Uncle Tour at the Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, New York in July 1991

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Pink Floyd (PF005CP)

Pink Floyd

The original Pink Floyd line-up on their first ever photo shoot in Ruskin Park, London

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Ramones, The (RA002DC)

The Ramones

Energetic contact sheet of The Ramones performing at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in 1980

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Featured Artists

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice and a trademark look, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black"

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Clash, The

The Clash

The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

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Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Referred to as rock music's 'Prince of Darkness', Nick Cave's music is characterised by emotional intensity & a wide variety of influences.

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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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Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Catherine Bush is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer, known for her eclectic and experimental music.

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Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher is best known as the charismatic, self-assured front man of Manchester Britpop band Oasis.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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