If this is the first you’ve heard about the Stone Roses reunion, where have you been? In a cave? Well, Easter’s well over so make like Ian Brown and get hurriedly resurrected. Where the band kick off their tour on 29th June at Manchester’s Heaton Park (the first of three dates at that very location with support from the likes of Primal Scream, Beady Eye and The Vaselines, ahem), 13th June sees the opening of a retrospective photographic expo commemorating the Stone Roses’s hey day.
Two weeks before lift off, the exhibition – entitled ‘The Third Coming’ – will open within a disused area of Whiteley’s Shopping Centre in London. The collaborative collection of previously unseen images of the band, along with various Stone Roses memorabilia, comes courtesy of three of music’s most celebrated photographers. Kevin Cummins, Paul Slattery and Ian Tilton come together as a trio for the first time, offering ‘backstage access’ to historic Stone Roses moments – whether you’ve got a ticket to Heaton Park or not.
Spanning the band’s journey from the small-time Manchester club scene through to the legendary Spike Island gig, with visual digressions of the band on the road and in the studio, it’s a vicarious AAA opportunity to re-live this era-defining pocket in music history.
Curator, Dave Brolan, comments; “These three photographers – Kevin Cummins, Paul Slattery & Ian Tilton – have, between them, captured pretty much every major artist of the last 30 years, many as they were still unknown or emerging. Each photographer has a distinct style but a similar honest, photojournalistic approach, showing subjects as they really are and creating iconic images that stand the test of time. Together, they helped shape the image of The Stone Roses.”
Kevin Cummins – Cummins’ early work chronicling the punk music scene in Manchester has led to a brilliant career as a documentary photographer. The all-encompassing images are a testament to Cummins’ ability to understand his subjects, including the Sex Pistols, The Smiths, Morrissey, Oasis and Patti Smith. He is a founding member of the World Photography Academy and his work is in The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum and many private collections. Cummins’s book, Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain, is soon to be published in paperback by Faber & Faber.
Paul Slattery – A true rock’n’roll photographer, Slattery cut his teeth photographing the likes of Motörhead, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones. In the late eighties and early nineties, he carved a niche photographing The Smiths, Manic Street Preachers and Oasis. His work has appeared in thousands of magazines, over 100 books, and on many CDs. Slattery has published two books; The Smiths: The Early Years and Oasis: A Year on the Road.
Ian Tilton – Tilton moved to Manchester in the mid-eighties, and as the punk music scene exploded, began his photography career documenting its protagonists, including Shaun Ryder and The Smiths. His distinctive bled borders frame images filled with energy, power, and love for his subjects. He photographed The Stone Roses for their debut album cover and was the first person to capture Ian Brown’s ‘monkey face.’ Tiltons’ book, The Stone Roses I Wanna Be Adored is to be published by Omnibus Press in September 2012.
‘The Third Coming’ runs from 13th June to 12th August, 2012; Whiteley’s Shopping Centre, Queensway, London, W2 4YN. For more information, visit www.whiteleys.com