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Ethan Russell’s Iconic Images of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and More

Shots from from his new interactive book

Janis Joplin

Ethan Russell

Ethan Russell is the only person to have shot album covers for the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was pretty much at every landmark moment in rock & roll, from the Altamont stage to the rooftop of Apple Records during the Beatles' final performance to a field in England where he shot the cover of Who's Next. His camera captured many of the most iconic moments in rock history, and his new interactive book American Story: It's Your History. Help Write It displays many of these images along with the stories behind them. It's available for the iPad, iPhone, Nook and all Kindle devices. (Click here for more info.)

Here are 13 photos from the book, starting with this shot from Altamont in 1969. "That's the day the music died," says Russell. "The whole thing was just chaos – just awful from the moment we got off the helicopter. There's 400,000 behind the people you see crushed against the stage. I wanted to leave as soon as we got there. When we did leave, it felt like the last chopper out of Vietnam. The fact that everybody didn't die was really the grace of God."

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