Professional photog Robert Altman whose photos have appeared in publications like Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and People magazine for decades has just compiled some of his favorite original photos for his new book, The Sixties (Santa Monica Press), and Altman says looking at his old, hippie era work is a real trip.
Altman says his pictures of flower children, political protests, and music icons like Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jerry Garcia, remind him of his days as a young photographer, when he saw politics and society change in front of his lens.
Says Altman: I caught a lot of chaos on my camera, and I knew back then that the stuff I was shooting was really important. The sixties were about a lot of people with messages to share, and I wanted to capture it all.
And Altmans photo gig came with some groovy perks, especially when he was able to photograph legendary artists.
Altman recalls, I wangled my way into a Rolling Stones recording session once, and took pictures while we smoked joints and listened to Let It Bleed. I was so starstruck and excited, but I kept it cool!
The Sixties swings into stores September 28.
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