Musicians who look good, as well as sound good

Fashion, Music

Before the days of stylists and Heat magazine, style was (arguably) better in my opinion. Nowadays everything appears so over thought and staged. Musicians, not generic pop stars, but people in bands/solo artists who write their own songs, aren’t the main stream style icons anymore. They might be for some of us, but the media prefers to fixate itself on reality TV stars and X Factor presenters these days. We care more about what Cheryl Cole might be wearing than her music, but you can guarantee she didn’t pick the dress or write much of the song she’s singing. Everything is over done, with too many people working on something it then becomes trivial and meaningless because really there is no meaning behind it, it is essentially a lie. Everyone is told what to say and do by PR people, so they can relate to the public they want to relate to. Was it really very different back in the days of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix?

” Keith Richards was Keith Richards, when he was on or offstage — he was exactly the same, the cool, outlaw look.These people didn’t have stylists. They had style. Janis Joplin had style. Patti Smith had no money, so she had to put a look together. Patti loved to talk about clothes. Because she was so, so-called androgynous, or was trying to look like Bob Dylan in his Don’t Look Back phase or Keith Richards, people didn’t realize that Patti was a girl and she knew about Balenciaga and she knew about Yves Saint Laurent and she wanted a mink coat.”

Lisa Robinson, music journalist. http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/04/qa-talking-70s-rock-style-with-lisa-robinson.html

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Robert Plant, Lisa Robinson and Patti Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye

The fact is, most musicians didn’t have stylists back in the 60’s and 70’s. There was Vivienne Westwood who has been since regarded as the Sex Pistols stylist, but it is not the same in comparison to the media moguls of today. She was doing something different, creating a fashion movement, not tailoring the band to appeal to a mainstream market and make lots of money. I’m sure they wanted to make money, but it wasn’t an identity mask to appeal to anyone, they were being themselves.

I love the way Jimi Hendrix dressed. He is still regarded as a fashion icon, and he was a man that did it all himself. As soon as he was paid when starting out as a musician, he went shopping in vintage clothing stores, hunting for unique pieces such as army uniforms and medallions. Everything he chose and put together was his own idea, he created his image and it was authentic.

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Jimi Hendrix in his ‘technicolor dream coat’

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 Musicians are creative and so naturally many of them would possess style. Why employ somebody to make you dress the same as everybody else?

The vintage thing has become really really popular over the last ten years, so you’re lucky if you can still find vintage clothes at bargain prices. Most vintage retailers and charity shops know they can charge a fair amount for them.

The bands of today should ditch the stylist, but don’t disregard how important image is. It is important. I know fashion is often seen as vain and tedious , but it isn’t if you’re creative with it, it’s just another form of expression. These days I’m not sure who has a stylist and who doesn’t. Musicians like Jack White and Arctic Monkeys may have stylists on some photo shoots but I would hope that they put together their over all image themselves. Or is it just impossible not to have stylist when your a musician these days?

Musicians that I like the look of:

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David Bowie

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Jack White

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The Strokes

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Shirley Manson

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Kurt Cobain

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Pete Doherty at The Fleece in Bristol and My Glastonbury Experience

Music, My photography

Hello again!

Last Thursday I went to The Fleece again to shoot Pete Doherty at one of his intimate gigs before The Libertines reunion in Hyde Park. This was a great opportunity for me, and kind of insane considering how obsessed me and my friend Alice were with him back in the day. I just googled when ‘The Libertines’ the album came out and it was bloody 2004! Wow ten years ago. That was such a great time, I love that album. When Pete moved on to Babyshambles I went to see him at Bristol academy as well as Glastonbury in 2005, and although he always turned up late I still remember those gigs as being great fun. There was one point when me and Alice were walking through the mud at Glastonbury and we saw Pete D and Kate Moss walking towards us. I remember whispering to Alice and hiding my face behind my paper cider pint trying not to scream (we were 15 at the time). That was around the time I became really interested in live music photography and started following photography blogs.

The gig on Thursday had so much energy and the crowd really really enjoyed it despite him being late on. Pete was on stage with a girl on the violin, who was super talented, whilst he had his acoustic guitar. The gig reminded me how good a song writer he is, playing all the best Libertines and Babyshambles songs. He was really funny as well and even sang somebody in the crowd happy birthday!

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Hope you like them! Always looking for new bands to photograph, so if you want to get in contact email me hannahlb1812@gmail.com

Last weekend was Glastonbury which was absolutely awesome! I really really enjoyed it. The best performance for me was London Grammar, which were on at the same time as Kasabian who I know a lot of people said were amazing as well. London Grammar were so perfect though, Hannah Reid has the most amazing voice and they had a live orchestra playing with them! At the end of the set the bloke closing the John Peel stage said “Wow, I think that’s probably one of the best closes we’ve had on the John Peel Stage”. I really wanted to cry whilst watching them but I didn’t let myself, I hate crying in public (nobody loves it I guess). If you go to see one band before you die, go and see London Grammar!

Other high lights include Metallica, Jack White, Courtney Barnett, Robert Plant and Annie Mae’s macaroni cheese stall!!!! Oh wow. I had macaroni with jalapeno’s and sour cream and it was just the best thing ever. The food at Glastonbury is so good, especially as a vegetarian, they have so much choice. Being there for 6 days I still didn’t get the chance to eat everything I wanted to.

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John Peel Stage

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Me in my Glastonbury bought skirt

I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I was so caught up in the fun! I wish I had taken more. Until next time!

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Nine Black Alps at The Fleece!

Music, My photography

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Nine Black Alps at The Fleece in Bristol. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen them, having seen them at Reading Festival a number of years ago. They’re another favourite from my teenage years, and I’m loving their new album Candy For Clowns! This gig was awesome to photograph, great energy which I hope comes off in the pictures, here’s a few of my favourites –

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Love this track off the new album! –

Next week I’m going to Dot To Dot festival in Bristol! I’m really hoping for this heat wave to begin that weekend…

Thanks for reading as always!

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Catching up

Fashion photography, Music, My photography

Oh dear, I’ve very much neglected this blog over the past couple of months. A lot’s been happening!

I’m really looking forward to getting back into blogging regularly and I’ve got lots to update the blog with. Recently I’ve been settling into my new job and adjusting to lots of small changes around me. I think now that uni’s over, things are changing for the better, slowly but surely…

Here’s a quick photo diary of what’s been going on during the last few months…

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Meerkats at Bristol Zoo! This was on a really cold day.

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Sneaking one in there of my cat…

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Photographed The Vigil at Bristol’s Bierkeller. Great gig!

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Here’s a shot for a new label we do at 71 Queens called Believe. 

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Another shot for a promotional shoot for Believe

http://www.71queens.com/collections/believe

Next month I’m going to see The Wytches, Drenge, Eagulls and Parquet Courts! I might even get to photograph some of them. Here’s some good ones from some of these guys…

There is an official video for The Eagulls but it doesn’t seem to be working.

I’ll be writing more in my next post, just thought I would do a quick round up seeing as I haven’t posted in a while! More fashion based posts to come 🙂

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Autumnal

Fashion, Music, My photography

It’s been a while since I’ve updated, due to the fact I did manage to land myself a full time job! I work for 71 Queens, a clothes shop based in Bath and Bristol, and I do the marketing/social media/website maintenance for them at the moment. I’m so happy to be employed and doing something I really enjoy! Check out the website at www.71queens.com

I love Autumn, I love the colours, the fashion and I do like the weather unless its rainy and grey. But lets face it you can get that all year round, we live in the UK! It’s the crispy, sunny days when all the leaves are yellow and red that I like. Today I went up to Leigh Woods in Bristol for a walk around. I’m afraid I’ve got to the age where if I go out for a few drinks on Friday, I’ll probably still be feeling a bit rough on the Sunday as well as the Saturday, so fresh air seemed a good idea. That makes me sound really old…

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Autumn pics from Leigh Woods 

I am on the look out for the perfect Winter coat at the moment, and I keep changing my mind on the kind of thing I want. Do I want a suede coat with sheepskin, or a smart boxy one… or a soft fluffy one? For now I’ve got a pleather jacket, but it’s getting colder and colder, and that won’t keep me warm when I’m on my way to work for long.

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At the moment I’m listening to King Tuff, Drenge and Disclosure. I’m really late getting on the Disclosure bandwagon, I didn’t like that Latch song at first but they’ve grown on me so much. Here’s some tunes.

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Giant Drag at the Fleece

Music, My photography

On Wednesday I went to see Giant Drag on their farewell tour at The Fleece in Bristol. I have loved this band since their first album came out when I was just 16 years old, about eight years ago. The album ‘Hearts and Unicorns’ is still something I play regularly, I love it. I’m not going to describe it to you because I’m not a music reviewer and I’ll just sound like a dick. Here’s one of my faves.

The gig was awesome, and I can’t believe it was so long ago that the album came out! It’s really sad that they’re not going to be making music anymore, but maybe Annie will have a solo career or something? Here are some pictures I took of Annie Hardy.

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I should be uploading more to my photography page soon which is –

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Photography-by-Hannah-L-B/101414153310956

Hope you like them, and please let me know what you think. I’m always open to shooting any bands live so if you need a photographer and you play in a band or solo, hit me up! I’m based in Bristol and my email is-

Hannahlouise_photography@hotmail.co.uk

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