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Destinations: 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' in N.Y.

Posted by Angela Nelson, Staff  October 22, 2009 01:10 PM

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By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

''Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present'': Image has been as much a part of rock 'n' roll as sound right from the beginning. If Elvis hadn't looked like Elvis he wouldn't have been, well . . . Elvis, would he? Or imagine the Beatles with crewcuts, Bob Dylan with a double chin. Not easy to do. This Brooklyn Museum exhibition gathers images of rock performers from the '50s to the present. Included are such highly photogenic subjects as Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, and Little Richard, and such less photogenic ones as Radiohead, Sonic Youth, and Amy Winehouse. The exhibition emphasizes the photographers (among them are Henry Diltz, Baron Wolman, and Albert Watson) as much as the performers. There's also a section dealing with an overlooked element in the visual impact of rock: the fans out in the audience and their responses to music.

Through Jan. 31, 200 Eastern Parkway, 718-638-5000, Brooklyn Museum, New York

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