About this project
NEW STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!!
I am very excited to announce a stretch goal to reach $15,000 so that I can put on a gallery show, and everyone who has/ or does contribute to the campaign will be invited to the Opening Night/Book Launch!
I realize not everyone can travel all the way to Los Angeles for the show, so as an added part of the stretch goal, I am going to double the number of the limited edition postcards, and everyone will receive a set of six different cards, instead of three!
Like all good rock songs, this adventure began with a story...
Four leather jackets. Three chords. Two minute songs. One hell of a lot of attitude: The Ramones.
And they were coming to town.
And I was going to be there. But more than just being there, I was going to take pictures of them. Or so I thought.
Imagine my surprise when a large Security Guard, after searching my bag, blocked me from entering the club. With a deep scowl, he flatly intoned,
“NO CAMERAS ALLOWED."
Minutes later, back at my car, as I was about to toss my 35mm equipment on to the backseat, I froze.
Was it the Ramones? Was it being 18? Was it that streak of rebellion that we all want to believe we have? Perhaps it was all three — Because I decided I was going to photograph the concert anyway.
I strolled back to the Security Guard, who remembered me, and looked me over from side to side. Seeing no camera bag, he gave me a quick pat-down, found nothing and let me in. I hurried to the bathroom where I quickly pulled a lens from one sock, and the camera body from the other. I retrieved some rolls of film hidden in my crotch, and quickly put everything together. Then, just as The Ramones hit the stage, I slipped out of the bathroom and began to shoot. And shoot I did.
From that moment on, I was hooked.
Over the next five years or so, I shot dozens of bands, quickly building an archive of over 10,000 images! I just couldn’t get enough of the music, but I also couldn’t get enough of the challenge. The harder it was to get a camera in, the harder I tried. And every time I succeeded -- but not without a few bruises along the way.
Prince, The Police, U2, R.E.M. Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, The Grateful Dead, Joan Jett, The Go-Go’s, Chuck Berry, Huey Lewis, Madness, and many, many more—If they were big in the 1980’s, pretty good chance I photographed them.
The idea was born
Amazingly, except for my closest friends, almost no one has seen these photos. My dream is to share these never-before-seen photos of some of rock and roll’s greatest icons with everyone else. And that’s where you come in. I’ve meticulously sorted through all of my photos, and picked the absolute, very best, and along with all the crazy adventures I experienced shooting them, I've created a beautiful coffee table book. It’s called, No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock & Roll Photographer.
Over 250 gorgeous photos of 40 different bands are all packaged up in this beautiful hardcover book. If you were there in the 1980s, flipping through the book will bring everything back, like finding that old Men at Work Concert T-shirt at the bottom of a dresser drawer. (yep, they're in the book too!) If you weren't, then you'll love seeing some true musical icons in action, and hearing all my stories about evading security, outrunning roadies, turning pro, and then having everything come to a crashing end at a Bruce Springsteen concert.
By supporting the campaign today, you can be one of the first in the world to see these absolutely incredible photographs, as well as read all the fun stories. There are some amazing rewards for our backers, including the opportunity to purchase limited edition archival prints of some of the book’s photos.
I'm thrilled to have the chance to bring this to life. But to make this a reality, I can't do it all on my own. I'm going to need YOUR help! So take a look through the rewards section, choose your favorite items, and let’s make this a reality!
All photos © Copyright 2017 Julian David Stone
Risks and challenges
I don't foresee any problems. I expect the book to be a lot of work, but this is a true labor of love, and I look forward to it - I can't wait to get things rolling!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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