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Ebet Roberts moved from her native Memphis to New York City to paint but switched to photography in 1977 when she began began documenting the evolving CBGB scene. Since then she has consistently documented musicians. Capturing the essence of the artists she photographs, while accumulating a vast archive and respect from her peers.

Her work has been syndicated and exhibited worldwide and is included in many television specials, music anthologies, posters, advertisements, galleries, and private collections, as well as permanent collections for such rock, jazz, and classical musicians as: Bob Marley, Neil Young, Ravi Shankar, Phillip Glass, Bob Dylan, R.E.M., The Ramones, The Cure, The Pretenders, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Talking Heads, The Clash and Bon Jovi.

Her photographs are reproduced in innumerable publications including Rolling Stone, MOJO, Spin, GQ, Playboy, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, People, USA Today, and The Village Voice. They are also featured prominently in "Blank Generation Revisited", "This Ain't No Disco: The Story of CBGB" and "Frozen Fire: The Story of the Cars", "CBGB'S: 30 Years of Photographs", "Punk 365", "Farm Aid: A Song for America" and "The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock", and have been included in "Rock Stars" by Timothy White, "Written in My Soul" by Bill Flanagan, "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock'N Roll" by Anthony deCurtis and James Henke, "Empty Places" by Laurie Anderson, "Rock and Roll at 50" by Life Books, and "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955-Present" by Gail Buckland. Her photographs have also been widely exhibited and are in the permanent collection of The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Seattle's Experience Music Project, The Grammy Museum, and The Hard Rock Cafe.

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It was a different world, virtually no security, everyone was friendly and compliant. I developed an interesting, eclectic portfolio of pictures – the famous and the anonymous – which evolved into a small but comprehensive view of late sixties London.
Andrew Maclear


Andrew Maclear

A short clip from photographer Andrew Maclear talks about how he managed to shot so many
memorable images of celebrities in Swinging
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Jimmy Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was rehearsing at the Royal Albert Hall, London, February 1969. I went along to the rehearsal and I think there were just a few photographers there. Either I stood on a chair or was on the front of the stage as the camera is very square onto his body. As usual, I only did a few images, some Ektachrome and the rest in black and white. And, as usual, the pictures are very close as I only had my 50mm or 85mm. I don´t think anything at all was said and he was obviously absorbed in his guitar and rehearsal. And anyway, a young upstart photographer doesn´t tell Jimi Hendrix what to do.    
Andrew Maclear

John & Yoko

After meeting Yoko Ono. John Lennon was doing a lot of things without the Beatles and a few of these events I went along to.   The balloon event was amusing … just a few photographers and a small crowd of people.   A summer evening in 1968.   John and Yoko were also at the Rock and Roll Circus – I remember the huge white Rolls Royce parked out front of the studio.  But the picture I am most fond of is when they are leaving court surrounded by police.  It encapsulates the perpetual attention he lived with for so many years and never really complained about.   Yet, John seemed to like the whole picture taking process.  ´Send them along to the office - number 3, Saville Row,´ he used to say to me. 
Andrew Maclear