“Shooting live music performances is something few photographers do really well. I just happened to discover one day that I was pretty good at it.”
Neal Preston is one of the greatest rock photographers of all time. Exhilarated and Exhausted is a no-holds-barred complete retrospective of his more than 40-year career. Produced in collaboration with Neal, it is introduced by a foreword by Neal’s close friend, the renowned writer and director Cameron Crowe, and an introduction by photo editor Dave Brolan.
Neal’s photographs vibrate with a palpable and inimitable intensity. As Crowe observes, “You can feel the music, the audience, the desperate need to find a place in the world, all of it, in these photos because they were curated by the guy who felt it all when he pressed the button on the camera. They’re snapshots of what’s most elusive – truth and fun and for that one moment, on that one night, the thrill of belonging.” This exceptional volume is a who’s who of rock royalty. Neal was the official tour photographer for Led Zeppelin, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and The Who, and has also extensively shot The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson and many more. The book includes his portraits, backstage moments, live performances, post-performance highs and lows, and outtakes.
This is the first time Neal has allowed unrestricted access to his legendary archive – considered one of the music industry’s most significant and extensive photo collections. The images are further brought alive by Neal’s accompanying text – a mind-bending insight into life on the road as a rock and roll photographer.
Exhilarated and Exhausted
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Reel Art Press (November 21, 2017)