In case you didn’t know The designer duo behind Shipley & Halmos have their own publishing division entitled S&H Publishers. This week we’re covering one of the company’s latest releases, Aaron Stern’s Everyone Must Be Announced. This selection is a photo essay book captures the experience of watching live music, being in the crowd and connecting with your fellow concert goers and the band.
Unlike most ”music photography” Sterns takes away the focus from the artists and uses the crowds and venues as his subjects.
What owning the book says about you: “ I’m a lover a of music, concerts, & iconic photography. I’m completely unapologetic about it.” The book is full of images that are taken by a concert goer for concert goers. It captures the essence of a show’s intensity and rawness that only people who have experienced it can fully comprehend.
What will people say?: “Whoa, this character is too cool for words and probably has more musical taste in his/her left thumb than I do in my entire body.” The shots in the book were taken at shows featuring acts such as Sonic Youth, Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Animal Collective, & The Kills. AKA not your everyday Top 40 bands.
How this book will make your brain grow: Well what I took from Everyone Must Be Announced is to live in the moment and enjoy the surroundings. In a world where everyone has their phones and camera out ready to send images, videos, and messages all over via social media it’s easy to forget to enjoy what’s happening . The book manages to capture the sense of community that forms when a large group of strangers gather together in a tight space to enjoy the same musical performance.
If you like this you’ll love: Not Fade Away: The Rock & Roll Photography of Jim Marshall . The 124 duotone images include virtually every artist in the rock pantheon, including the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cream, Bob Dylan, the Who, Muddy Waters, Jim Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Isaak, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
You can get your hands on Everyone Must Be Announced directly from Shipley & Halmos.