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Photo Books

All Access: The Rock 'N' Roll Photography of Ken Regan
Ken Regan made a name for himself as not only a top-rate concert photographer (tours with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, Woodstock), but also as one who could get behind-the-scenes access (Keith Richards cooking eggs for breakfast at Andy Warhol's estate). This coffee-table book is broken down by decade and anecdotes such as how he got into the Beatles' 1964 American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show (a friend's father worked for Sullivan) or how he met future superstars before they were famous (before shooting Madonna's iconic People cover in 1985, he mistook her for a hooker in the elevator, and ended up in her hotel room among her vast collection of bangles and rosaries). Featuring essays from Richards, Mick Jagger and James Taylor. ($75)

Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen, Frank Stefanko
In the late Seventies and early Eighties, photographer Frank Stefanko shot the working-class gothic covers of fellow Jersey native Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. The book mostly features outtakes from various photo sessions with Bruce's two favorite things – guitars and cars. Stefanko tells stories of a legend just in his thirties, and finally hitting his stride. ($35)

Patti Smith 1969-1976, Judy Linn
Patti Smith's mesmerizing memoir Just Kids was one of last year's best reads, detailing the boho ideals of like-minded artists in the gritty New York of the late Sixties. This photo collection is the perfect complement to Smith's bio. Linn met Smith through their boyfriends (Patti's being the late Robert Mapplethorpe), and they commenced their own artistic journey, with Linn honing her craft on an affable Smith. Intimate and spare, the photos show just some kids discovering themselves and each other in front of a camera. ($25)

Rock Seen, Bob Gruen
Bob Gruen's 1974 rooftop photo of John Lennon in his New York City T-shirt with cutoff sleeves is iconic, but his archives of concert photos of Ike and Tina Turner, the Clash and Bob Marley help make this trove of photography a walk through rock history. Gruen curated 40 years' worth of images – from photos of Debbie Harry traipsing around Coney Island to Aerosmith posing backstage in Boston – and paired them with extended captions and anecdotes. ($45)

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