Tina Turner, Honka Monka Club, NYC – July 8, 1970 © Bob Gruen


Debbie and Iggy Backstage on the Idiot Tour 1977 © Chris Stein


Run–D.M.C. and Posse, Hollis Queens 1984 © Janette Beckman

The best music photographs, the ones that get hung not only in galleries but on the walls of dorm rooms around the world, are those that capture the atmosphere of a live performance or backstage moment in electrifying detail while maintaining enough mystery to leave us returning again and again, wanting more. On April 3, 2015, from 6:30-9:00 PM, at ROOT, New York City, The BlowUp, a new quarterly event series organized by Feature Shoot, will bring together 15 iconic music photographers to reveal the irresistible stories behind some of our favorite images.

This inaugural edition of The BlowUp is thrilled to welcome photographers from all corners of the industry, each of whom will present a 3-5 minute story behind an image of their choosing. Featured images range from Bob Gruen’s hypnotic portrait of Bruce Springsteen to Ricky Powell’s shot of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol casually strolling down the street, these images are the kind whose stories beg to be told. Confirmed speakers include Chris Stein, Bob Gruen, Chris Stein, Sacha Lecca, Danny Clinch, Michael LavineRebecca SmeyneJanette BeckmanJessica Lehrman, David GodlisTod Seelie, Paris Viscone, Amy Lombard, Gretchen Robinette, and Josh Cheuse.

Much like these 15 unforgettable photographs of music history in the making, this night is sure to be one to remember. Tickets are available for $20, which will include an open bar from 6:30-7:30. RSVP today!

The BlowUp is sponsored by our friends at SquarespaceROOTAgency Access and Voss. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates.


Spring of 1985, NYC. Basquiat and Warhol walking on their way to their duo show at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery on Mercer St. © Ricky Powell


A local metal band performing at a backyard bike gang party during SXSW while paint cans and a pigs head are thrown around in the crowd. © Tod Seelie


Bruce Springsteen © Danny Clinch


Matt Shultz from Cage The Elephant just after a dive into the crowd from the VIP section, one flight up, of Terminal 5 in New York City. © Sacha Lecca