This crowdsourced book collects decades of rock and roll fans’ unseen photos

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Nov. 27, 1970

The Grateful Dead at the Chicago Coliseum.

Image: Marshall Bohlin /Smithsonian Books

In December 2015, Smithsonian Books launched a website calling on rock and roll fans to gather and submit their favorite stories and personal photos from music history.

The result is Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen, a compendium of hundreds of previously unpublished photos scrounged from attics, shoeboxes, and dusty albums

The book traces the evolution of the genre over more than six decades, from pioneers like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, through the British Invasion and punk and metal and alternative and all the permutations in between. Read more…

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