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Janet Macoska

If rock and roll has been the soundtrack of your life, then photojournalist Janet Macoska has probably provided the visuals. Janet grew up with a transistor radio glued to the side of her head, listening to rock and roll on Cleveland Top 40 radio station.The Beatles were responsible for this love and obsession with rock music. At ten years old she had already begun to photograph the family dog and neighbours using her parents, Kodak twin-lens reflex. This led her to realise photography would be her free pass to getting closer to the music she loved and musicians she idolized.

At the age of 12 she was hanging out at WKYC Radio, in the DJ's lounge, answering fan mail for disc jockeys Jerry G. and Big Jack Armstrong. They rewarded her with boxes of 45s'. When rockstars came by to appear on their TV or radio shows Janet was there with her camera. Her first published rock and roll photograph was a shot of Sony and Cher taken in 1966 as they answered calls in the studios of WKYC Radio, which was published in Teen Screen Magazine when Janet was 13.

On her first trip to England in 1977, friend and mentor Alex Harvey (of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band) introduced her to the top British rock photographers, helping her to find an agent for her work. At the age of 23, Janet had become one in a small group of photographers on the planet who made their living capturing rock and roll on film.

Now, over 25 years later, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum is hosting a show of some of her favourite photographs. She is a Rock fan who has succeeded in capturing the energy and spirit of Rock in a sixteenth-of-a-second moment. If rock and roll is the sound track of your life....these are the visuals.

"A good many of these images come from concerts that took place right here in my home town of Cleveland, Ohio. Many of you probably attended the same shows. Enjoy the trip down memory lane. My gift to you." - Janet Macoska, November, 2003.

 

David Bowie (DB001JM)

David Bowie

'I just love the attitude of this shot, and the fact that you can't tell it is from a live performance.' David Bowie performing live in 1983

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson performing on the Bad Tour at the Richfield Coliseum in October 1988

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Rory Gallagher (RG001JM)

Rory Gallagher

Rory was soft-spoken, kind of a shy, and he really liked the gesture of bringing him a flower, he held it as he spoke to me.

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Backstage at the video shoot for the hit single 'You'll See' shot in Spain, October 1995

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Marquee Club, London in March 1967

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This photo was taken in 2007 during the Camden Crawl, a music festival over two days around the venues in Camden Town, London.

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Photo shoot of the fab four taken at Sheriff Road, London in 1965

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David Gilmour in Studio 3, (one of the smaller Abbey Road studios.) The band were recording Have a Cigar that day.

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During the Born In The USA Tour at the Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, 1985.

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