Film review: ICON – Music Through the Lens

ICON - Music Through the Lens

Sky Arts from 06/11/20

Think of all the iconic music images you have enjoyed, think of those which are both timeless and yet capture a moment in time and this new six-part Sky series ICON – Music Through the Lens will undoubtably contain a number of these photographs.

Featuring over 3000 stills, 128 interviews and music from the likes of Springsteen, Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and more, this promises to be a great insight into photographs that have literally documented the history of popular music through the decades.

Amongst the interviews contained here are those with over fifty of the world’s best-known music photographers, often proving that they were as rock n roll as the subjects they were working with. The series promises to be captivating and should draw you in with tales from the road, the evolution of album cover art and the acceptance of music photography as art itself. However, it could be said that the art in question is actually music for the eyes.

Two of my favourite photographers are the late Terry O’Neill and Gered Makowitz, both of whom came to my attention through their images of the Rolling Stones, and are interviewed here, with the latter also being a series producer and director on “ICON- Music Through the Lens”.

This series will appeal to music fans and art lovers alike and comes highly recommended.

Review by Nikk Gunns


The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 22 November.

More about Josh:

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 22 November 2020.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 24 November 2020

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Featured Albums w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 JEFF SCOTT SOTO Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 LAZARUS DREAM Alive (Pride & Joy Music)
14:00-16:00 RONAN FURLONG The King Of Leaves (Thoroughbred Music)

Power Plays w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)

L.A. GUNS All That You Are (Golden Robot Records)
THE DUST CODA Limbo Man (Earache)
IRON SAVIOR Souleater (AFM Records)
IVY GOLD This Is My Time (indie)

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