"THE MOST STUPENDOUS ROCK AND ROLL PICTURE BOOK EVER": SIGNED LIMITED EDITION TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL COOPER, LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE SGT. PEPPER ALBUM SLEEVE, SIGNED BY BILL WYMAN, DAVID HOCKNEY, KENNETH ANGER, PETER BLAKE AND OTHERS
(COOPER, Michael) (WYMAN, Bill) (HOCKNEY, David) (BLAKE, Peter) ROYLANCE, Brian, editor. Blinds & Shutters. (Guildford): Genesis/Hedley, (1990). Thick folio, original three-quarter black morocco, yellow cloth boards, photolithographic endpapers, original hand-crafted silk-screened box inset with sliding "blind" over an original photographic print (measuring 3 by 3 inches). $3500.
Signed limited first edition of this electrifying tribute to photographer Michael Cooper, number 3497 of 5000 copies, with over 600 images (in color and black-and-white) of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, along with numerous celebrities, writers, painters and musicians, this copy signed on a tipped-in leaf (as issued) by Bill Wyman, David Hockney, Kenneth Anger, Graham Nash, Peter Blake, who co-created the Sgt. Pepper album design, and five others contributors.
"Michael Cooper was a person of tremendous love and vision," writes Terry Southern, "I do not expect to see his like again." With forewords by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, numerous interviews and over 600 photographic images, many never before published, Blinds & Shutters stands as "the most stupendous rock and roll picture book ever assembled" (USA Today). This "lavishly annotated portfolio" (New York Times) celebrates the life and times of Michael Cooper, who was "a member of the Stones' inner circle" and produced a body of work so candid that he often appeared "to be everywhere at once: parties, clubs, galleries, on tour with the Stones, shooting the Sgt. Pepper sleeve for the Beatles and in the corridors of Vogue" (The Independent). "The astonishing photographs of Cooper… offer best evidence yet of the cultural ferment between art and music in the 60s" (Economist). "Wherever the artists or arrivistes made the scene in 60s London, Cooper was there, camera in hand… when the Beatles and the Stones ruled the realm" (Time). The cover of the book's protective box incorporates a sliding "blind" under which is mounted an original black-and-white Cooper photograph. With original "filmstrip" bookmark. As issued without dust jacket.
A fine copy.