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Ian Dickson

Born in 1945, Ian was raised in Clydebank, a Scots shipbuilding town on Glasgow's western border. In 1963, as the Beatles were breaking into the big time, his father moved the family to Newcastle upon Tyne where he'd been offered a better job. Ian took a design course at Newcastle College of Art and Industrial Design before embarking on a career as a graphic designer.

A few years later, he bought a second-hand camera and caught the photography buzz. Within months, he started earning a living with a camera by photographing babies and Junior Marching Bands (big in the north-east) before landing a job as in-house photographer to the Tyneside Theatre Company at the University Theatre in Newcastle.

This led to a chance meeting in early 1972 with Bob Brown (who managed the City Hall, then the noth-east's major rock venue) and an open invitation to photograph the many acts who appeared at the Hall.

Discovering how much fun and money there was in rock 'n roll, Ian hitched a lift to London on Roxy Music's tour bus in early 1973 and set about establishing himself. He joined forces with the writer Andrew Tyler at the NME for a couple of years before a short-lived stint with National Rockstar eventually led to an appointment with Sounds, just in time for the punk explosion (chronicled in his book "Flash Bang Wallop!" / Abstract Publishing 2000).

During the dismal 1980's, he did less work in rock, pursuing other interests before resurging with the launch of Vox magazine and the advent of Brit-pop. In 1999, he moved to the south coast of England with his wife Shoko and bought a PC to take advantage of the digital age. He now concentrates on marketing his archive through galleries and the internet.

In 1974 Rod Stewart once said to him, "A million quid for your accent!"

 

David Bowie (DB001ID)

David Bowie

David Bowie performing as Ziggy Stardust at Newcastle City Hall in January 1973.

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Jam, The (JA001ID)

The Jam

The Jam, featuring Paul Weller, taken backstage before they performed at Reading's Top Rank in June 1977

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Bob Marley (BM001ID)

Bob Marley

Bob Marley and the Wailers walking to their sound check before their performance in Birmingham on 19th July 1975

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David Bowie (DB002IDMP)

David Bowie

Newcastle City Hall, 1973, Ian Dickson eludes security to take this photograph of David Bowie performing as the legendary Ziggy Stardust

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David Bowie (DB003IDMP)

David Bowie

David Bowie performing at Newcastle City Hall, UK on the Ziggy Stardust Tour in June 1973

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Faces, The (FA001ID)

The Faces

Rod Stewart from The Faces in his pyjamas in the Royal Garden Hotel, London in 1974

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Thin Lizzy (TL002ID)

Thin Lizzy

Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy in West Hampstead, London in 1976

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Patti Smith (PS001LR)

Patti Smith

Patti Smith photographed in the Netherlands in January 1980

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Adam Ant (AANT001JF)

Adam Ant

Adam Ant photographed by Jill Furmanovsky during a cover shoot for The Face magazine in February 1981

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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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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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Glastonbury Jarvis Cocker (PULP001JF)

Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker performing one of his signature moves with Pulp on The Park Stage during the 2011 Glastonbury Festival

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Jimi Hendrix (JH001BW)

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix at the Melody Maker Pop Awards 1967

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Oasis

Oasis

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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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Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones

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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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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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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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***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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Jake Chessum

Jake Chessum

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Contact Sheets Print Collection

Contact Sheets Print Collection

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

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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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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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