Elvis and the Birth of Rock is the King as you have never seen him before. Captured by a 17-year-old Lew Allen, who got his start when he just happened to be the only professional photographer at the Cleveland Arena in November, 1956 as Elvis Presley took the stage. Published here for the first time: Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon, Buddy Holly and many more seen through the lens of Lou Allen.
Alongside the stunning photography, Elvis & the Birth of Rock features a text of over 7,000 words where Lew and guest editor Mike McCartney describe what is was like to be in the presence of these now legendary performers.
Lew Allen's photographs are reproduced throughout in duotone inks with image varnishing on to heavyweight, 200 gsm matt art paper. The large-format 156-page book is quarter-bound in fine blue suede with silver blocking and page edging. Each Collector copy is presented in a custom-designed archival case.
This special book was released in a limited edition of 1750 copies signed by the photographer Lew Allen and guest editor Mike McCartney. The first 350 copies in this limited edition are Deluxe copies that additionally include three signed and numbered prints of Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers and Bobby Darin.
Lew Allen's Deluxe prints are offset printed in a warm duotone with image varnish on to heavyweight matt art paper (8" x 10" / 200mm x 254mm). Each print is numbered and signed by the photographer.
All copies are signed by Lew Allen and Mike McCartney. Presented in an archival custom-designed case, the Deluxe book-and-prints boxed set is a true collector's piece.
PLEASE NOTE: The DELUXE edition is now SOLD OUT.