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May 13, 2021 10:39 am  #1

Coming To PBS This Summer: 6-Part "Music Through The Lens" Series

After years of shows about music, groups, eras - including the 60s - comes a new twist. A six-parter about the photography of rock stars from the genre's early years until today. Icon: Music Through The Lens features interviews with rock stars as well as those behind the lens when some of the most famous pictures of them were taken. 


"The series explores studio portraits, record sleeves, music magazines, live shows, exhibitions, social media, coffee table books and the fine art world, and looks at the future of music photography."

Among the photogs featured is Terry O'Neill, whose camera documented the early years of the Beatles, just as they were becoming famous in Britain. 

The show aired last year in The U.K. and comes to PBS this summer. I'm not entirely sure whether this will be as interesting as it sounds, but it's definitely worth a look. (The previews below may help you decide if it's something you want to see.) There's no immediate word on exactly when it will be shown, and as with many PBS series, it may air in different cities at different times and days. One thing that IS certain - be prepared for a ton of fund-raising pledge breaks in the middle of each hour!

PBS Acquires U.S. Rights To  ‘Icon: Music Through The Lens’


July 12, 2021 4:18 pm  #2

Re: Coming To PBS This Summer: 6-Part "Music Through The Lens" Series

This series finally starts airing this coming Friday, July 16th. Each episode is outlined in the linked article. 

The shot below is said to be the first major professional group portrait of the Beatles, taken by Terry O'Neill, who is also in the specials.

Icon: Music Through The Lens

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