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The 2000's

The 2000s were for the most part, nondescript, as pop music fragmented into smaller trends. Unlike many past decades, the 2000s did not see the creation or emergence of many styles, with the exception of a few indie-related genres such as emo and electronic subgenres like Liquid funk and UK funky. Convergence of different styles was one of the more defining features of the decade, as seen with the creation and commercial success of the British grime genre and trap and chillwave in the United States.

Nevertheless, distinguishable elements can be attributed to the decade from a musical point of view, such as the common and mainstream usage of pitch correction software Auto-Tune, as well as the rise of the internet, media player programmes such as iTunes and music & video sharing websites such as YouTube. Also, most songs put less focus on elaborate bass-lines that use bass guitars and bass synthesisers in favour of louder and booming drums, and used even more electrical instruments.

Outside of North America, Britpop, post punk revival and alternative rock were at the height their popularity with acts such as The Libertines, Oasis, Lynda Thomas, Travis, Dido, Blur, The Hives, Björk and Radiohead, which still continued at the top of the major charts in the rest of the world since the 1990s.

Despite the hip hop dominance rock music was still popular, notably alternative rock, and especially genres such as post-grunge, post-Britpop, nu metal, pop punk, emo, post-hardcore, metalcore, and in some cases indie rock; the early and mid 2000s saw a resurgence in the mainstream popularity of pop rock and power pop.

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is an American singer-songwriter best known for his solo career, and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown.

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Thornley

Thornley

Thornley was a Canadian post-grunge/hard rock band formed by Ian Thornley in 2002 after the break-up of his earlier band, Big Wreck.

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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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Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver was an American hard rock supergroup who achieved commercial success with their debut album, 'Contraband'.

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White Stripes

White Stripes

The White Stripes were an American rock duo who became a worldwide phenomenon with their energetic blend of blues, punk, folk & country.

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Yumi Matsutoya

Yumi Matsutoya

Yumi Matsutoya is renowned for her idiosyncratic voice, live performances & is an important figure in Japanese popular music.

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Featured Prints

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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Bob Marley (BM002DC)

Bob Marley

Rare contact sheet by David Corio with a fantastic selection of images of Bob Marley performing in London in 1980.

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Sex Pistols (SP001BG)

Sex Pistols

Punk icon Sid Vicious reading MAD magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the Sex Pistols one and only US tour in January 1978.

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Jimi Hendrix (JH001BW)

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix after performing on Lulu's TV show in London in January 1969

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Queen (QN001JA)

Queen

Freddie Mercury onstage with Queen at the Brøndby Hallen, Copenhagen in 1977 on their A Day At The Races Tour

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Madness (MA001JF)

Madness

This shoot of Madness in New York City in February 1980 was for Issue No.1 of a new magazine that developed cult status, The Face.

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Featured Artists

Oasis

Oasis

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

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Manchester Music

Manchester Music

Manchester is inextricably linked to its musical heritage. A city whose music is deeply rooted in its fabric

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AC/DC

AC/DC

AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. they have dubbed their music simply "rock and roll".

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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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David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades & regarded by critics & musicians as a true innovator.

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Madonna

Madonna

Madonna transcended the term 'pop star' into a global icon & is regarded as the most influential female recording artist of all time.

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Featured Collections

Rockarchive Edition 100

Rockarchive Edition 100

Edition 100 was created to give fans & collectors a chance to own classic, historical pictures of their favorite bands.

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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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The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones have been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years. Our collections share the best images spanning their career

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***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 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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Jazz & Blues Collection

Jazz & Blues Collection

Welcome to our Jazz & Blues Print Collection - over 50 years of iconic images of the world's greatest Jazz & Blues musicians

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