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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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Radiohead (RD003KW)

Radiohead

Radiohead shot for a MOJO cover story in their Oxford Studios in April of 2001

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Queen (QN001MAGO)

Queen

Freddie Mercury in the spotlight whilst playing the grand piano in Southampton in May, 1977.

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Kate Bush (KB001GUHA)

Kate Bush

Kate Bush captured in 1993 during the filming for short film 'The Line, The Cross & The Curve'.

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Led Zeppelin (LZ001BW)

Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page playing his legendary bowed guitar solo during 'Dazed & Confused' whilst onstage with Led Zeppelin in Belfast in March 1971

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Clash, The (CL001MOHO)

The Clash

Limited edition of Morgan Howell's original painting of the cover of The Clash '(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais vinyl single

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The Beatles

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

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