1971: The Golden Age of Rock & Roll

The Doors' L.A. Woman. John Lennon's Imagine. Janis Joplin's Pearl. The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers. Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Joni Mitchell's Blue. Gil-Scott Heron's Pieces of A Man. The Allman Brothers Band's At Fillmore East. Little Richard's The King of Rock and Roll. T.Rex's Electric Warrior. Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors. Curtis Mayfield's Roots. Carole King's Tapestry. Sly and The Family Stone's There's A Riot Goin' On. Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey. Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV. The Mamas & The Papas' People Like Us. The Who's Who's Next. Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells A Story. Bob Marley & The Wailers' Soul Revolution. David Bowie's Hunky Dory...

The list goes on but making the case for what experts, academics and casual fans alike have dubbed the most important year in rock and roll history, celebrated music journalist David Hepworth pinpoints "a huge explosion of creativity in a very short period of time." A half-century onward, Morrison Hotel Gallery looks back on the momentous time in music with 1971: The Golden Age of Rock & Roll, on view in Los Angeles and New York City starting Thursday, October 28, 2021. From the year's most iconic album covers lensed by the likes of David Montgomery, Guy Webster and Ethan Russell to those photographers granted backstage access to the world tours and studio sessions that pushed the genre to its indulgent tipping point, 1971 celebrates the half-centennial of rock’s golden year hits through the lens of time-honored iconography.


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