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Chuck Boyd Photo Collection

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James Brown, June, 1965 © Chuck Boyd Photo Collection
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Keith Richards, October, 1969 © Chuck Boyd Photo Collection
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Carlos Santana, 1969 © Chuck Boyd Photo Collection
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Chuck Boyd’s love affair with photography began when his mother gave him a camera as a gift when he was 13 years old. He quickly found his artistic voice, and at the age of 16, he went to work for Los Angeles radio station KRLA covering special artist promotional functions.  Shortly after beginning his work with KRLA, Chuck began working for Tiger Beat, shooting rock acts for the influential teen culture and music magazine.

In 1967, an independent record producer and the National Promotion Director for Sunn Amplifiers, Buck Munger, hired Chuck as Sunn’s official photographer.  While working with Buck, Chuck had the opportunity to photograph Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Led Zeppelin, KISS, and dozens of other artists throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. As a result of this affiliation, Chuck and Buck soon became best friends. According to Buck, Chuck was one of the most trusted and well-liked photographers in the entertainment business; a true fan of the music. Since he was often shooting photos for a musical instrument company, Chuck always had unlimited stage access. At the time, his peers recognized Chuck as the best available-light shooter in Rock & Roll photography.  His photographs represent both his talent and his incredible access to dozens of Rock & Roll legends both off and on the stage.

Chuck was a true photojournalist, not paparazzi. Artists trusted him not to distribute compromising pictures. Chuck was trusted with images of George Harrison's wife on tour with Eric Clapton, photos of some very famous rock stars shooting heroin, and pictures of the tangle of bodies lying on Keith Moon's bed. Chuck took his camera everywhere and recorded everything. He never broke a confidence, and turned down tons of money to protect the people he considered his friends.

The band, Wrinkle, named by The Who’s John Entwistle, were Chuck's closest Rock & Roll buddies. He met them in L.A. and later followed them to Portland where they were being produced by Buck Munger. Chuck went on the road with Wrinkle as their road manager and lived at their drummer's house for years. When Chuck decided to come out of the closet about his homosexuality at a time when there was considerable pressure for a gay person to remain in the closet, the members of Wrinkle were the first people he trusted, and all of them remained his friend until his death in 1991.

Chuck’s photographs showcase many of Rock & Roll’s greatest stars.  From stage shots to candids, Chuck saw and documented the lives of Rock & Roll legends.  Having been lost for several years, these recently rediscovered images have been lovingly restored by Chuck’s family and are now being made available to the public for the first time.

For more information on the Chuck Boyd Photo Collection, please visit www.chuckboydgalleries.com or contact the archive director, Jeff Schwartz, at rocknrollpics@gmail.com.

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