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Big Star’s History Captured in Massive, Limited Edition Photo Book

‘Isolated in the Light’ features rare and never-before-seen images from photographers like William Eggleston, plus essays from Kim Deal and more


'Big Star – Isolated in the Light,' a limited edition photo book with rare photographs of the influential Memphis rock group, is due out this October.

Maude Schuyler Clay

Big Star – Isolated in the Light, a massive, limited edition photo book featuring rare and never-before-seen photographs of the influential Memphis rock group, is due out this October on First Third Books.

The book, which charts Big Star‘s early Seventies roots through overseas tours and the solo careers of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, is the result of a five-year collaboration between graphic designer Fabrice Couillerot and photographer Donna Ranieri.

Pictures by famed photographer William Eggleston, a friend of Chilton who contributed his work The Red Ceiling to the cover of Big Star’s Radio City, are featured in Isolated in the Light alongside unearthed photos like Michael O’Brien, Maude Schuyler Clay, Carole Manning, David Bell and more. All of the photos have been “lovingly rescanned” from the negatives.

“Fabrice and I both share a love of music and photography and once we realized that we were both fanatical about the music of Big Star, the idea was hatched to create a first-ever photography monograph,” Ranieri said in a statement. “Here was a band, not well known at the time, surrounded by a constellation of talented, gifted photographers, many of whom are now major names in the photography world. When you have someone like William Eggleston taking your band photos, that elevates the imagery to a completely new level.”

Isolated in the Light also boasts interviews with Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, Chris Bell’s brother David Bell and Bob Mehr as well as essays from Kim Deal, Ivo Watts-Russell, latter-day Big Star member Ken Stringfellow and more.

Big Star – Isolated in the Light will be published October 14th in a limited edition hardback run of 1,000 numbered copies: 500 of the standard version, and 500 of the “Signature Edition” which features a previously unpublished signed and numbered 10″x7.5″ print from Michael O’Brien and two posters. Preorder Isolated in the Light at First Third Books.

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