It’s not only Rock and roll
The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones along with Franck Zappa, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Tina Turner but also Telephone, DanielBalavoine or Magma : starting November 14th (until January 31st) the Carré Belle Feuille of Boulogne Billancourt invites you to discover or rediscover one of the richest period of rock and roll history .
Presenting the exhibition “It’s Not only rock and roll” by Bruno Ducourant, whose exclusive photographs and recent “photo-graphic” compositions spotlight some of the 60’s and 70’s legends, the hall of Boulogne completes once again its musical program. “By mixing photography and music, this round of “Acrylic rock”, allowed me to blend writing, drawing and photography”.
Student in literature in the 70’s, passionate about photography and music, his 24×36 (silver) on his shoulder, the young Bruno Ducourant regularly went to London. Big Ben City, Amsterdam or even Brussels turned out to be the best destinations to go to to listen to the bands in live sessions which he preferred to French singers. These break-outs allowed him to practice stage photographing. “What I liked about taking photos was to be able to take distance from reality in order to pin it in a better way”. But pocket money has limits, especially when, in order to complete his vinyl collection made in England, he chose to dedicate his hotel budget to the record-stores on Shaftesbury Avenue. To hell those bed and breakfast, after all, the English grass has an excellent reputation and Hyde Park is only a stone’s throw to the famous Marquee Club on Wardour Street where all the bands of the British scene performed.
In those years, “if only one managed to blend in, he could be standing really close to the bands, even be on stage! There was a real proximity with the musicians of this generation. At that time, we were only a few photographers, nowadays, if you stand at the back in a concert, you’ll see more smartphones in the air than lighters and the next minute dozens of pictures of the show are available on Instagram”.
From month to month, Bruno Ducourant accumulated pictures on stage but also backstage of what would become a few years later the British Blues Boom. Back in his room in Versailles, the student who listened to the Rolling Stones was at the time far from suspecting that chance would take him a few years later on the famous band’s path to design the cover album of Emotional Rescue (recorded at the Pathé Studios in Boulogne).
First photographer and journalist for the “rock” press, (Rock & Folk, Best and Extra), then artistic director and designer and thereafter writer and director, Bruno Ducourant now refreshes and revives memories. He gives a voice to his black and white pictures, enlivening them with an overlay of the titles of major hits from when he was eighteen, in acrylic paint.
“I figured that as background, I might as well use my own photos. A few touches, and the words displayed had an impact as important as the photo ; it took us even further in a unique way. I admit, from a commercial view, to be an anti-Ikea, or an anti-Yellow Corner. As I am a staunch defender of singular over plural, I believe in the original and rare approach, and consequently in uniqueness or in the worst case in limited series for only a few tens, not hundreds or thousands of pieces”. “It’s NOT only rock and roll” exhibition is a mix of artistic genres, in the style of the famous saying “weight of words / shock of photos” that Paris Match used for their editorial, but this time in a “lyrics and music” way.
Bruno Ducourant also confesses the satisfaction of being able to expose in the city he’s been living in for several years now. “I hope that this exhibition will allow those who are interested, and especially young musicians and photographers, to discover one of the most abundant part of a history that was not ONLY rock and roll”.
Artists presented in the exhibition:
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
TEN YEARS AFTER
Photos et Tableaux © Bruno Ducourant