A new six-part series has started on PBS. It's called ICON: Music Through the Lens, and has music from Elton; Robert Johnson; the Rolling Stones; Jimi Hendrix; Oasis; Janis Joplin; Madonna; Metallic; Iggy Pop; David Bowie; Leonard Cohen; the Libertines, and more.
The show follows the lives of the artists who documented popular music in images, from the earliest darkrooms to the fast-evolving digital landscapes of the present day. Among those interviewed were Chalkie Davies, who discussed Elton's plans to come out on the cover of NME (the fourth installment titled On The Cover, airing from 9-10 p.m. ET on Friday, August 6, but local listings should be consulted); Bob Gruen; Danny Clinch; Lynn Goldsmith; Mick Rock; Julian Lennon; Alice Cooper; and Gered Mankowitz, whose 1977 Greatest Hits Volume II album cover shot of Elton is among the trailer's highlights, and which can be viewed here.
Mankowitz, an ICON executive producer, called the project ''a dream come true.''
He said: ''For over 10 years, director Dick Carruthers, fellow executive producer Andy Saunders and I have been trying to get this series made, and now to have it aired on PBS in the USA is the icing on the cake. I have been committed to music photography since 1963 and have been fighting to have the genre taken seriously as an art form in its own right for most of that time. ICON does the job, and I hope you will enjoy watching it as much as we loved making it.''