HE’S spent his career snapping some of the world’s most influential rock bands – including Guns ‘n’ Roses and Nirvana.
Now, top rock ‘n’ roll photographer Ian Tilton is coming to Huddersfield to showcase his new book charting the career of iconic Manchester legends, the Stone Roses.
Ian, whose shot of Kurt Cobain crying was voted the sixth best rock shot ever by Q magazine, was the Roses’ official photographer from 1987 to 1990.
His book, ‘Set In Stone – Ian Tilton’s Photos of the Stone Roses’, will be presented to fans of the ‘Madchester’ days at an evening event at the Byram Arcade.
The ‘book signing’ this Saturday is set to take over the entire ground floor of the shopping centre and in true rock ‘n’ roll spirit will feature live music and a bar.
Ian, who was also the first to photograph The Charlatans, said he had wanted to bring the tour to Huddersfield as it was one of the key pockets where people still loved the Stone Roses.
He said: “There’s massive renewed interest in the Stone Roses.
“They reformed in 2011, they’ve been back 18 months and they’re going on a big world tour and releasing new albums.
“I knew them before they were famous and I did their first ever shoot for a major magazine.
“I went on to do all their iconic photographs at major events, their album covers, major gigs and tours.
“I was there at their height and at Glasgow Green, the last time they ever played with that line-up.
“I’ve got some fantastic memories, including going to Granada TV to photograph their first TV session when Tony Wilson invited them on to his show Other Side Of Midnight.
“It was great to see them taking it all in their stride and being so cool.
“That set the scene and was why the Roses were such a major influence, not just musically but on style and culture.
“They came from being underdogs but because of their attitude and swagger they made it.
“Northern people have to believe in themselves as you’re fighting the odds, the media was so London centric back then.
“They knew they were as good as they were, they were four really strong individuals and together they had great camaraderie.
“I felt like I was an outsider but I was welcomed into the inner-circle.”
Ian’s book features an explanation of the circumstances behind all of his shoots, including his famous picture of Ian Brown with an orange in his mouth.
He added: “I’ve written about every single idea, whether it was my idea, the band’s or something we worked on together and developed.
“The book is a really great insight for aspiring photographers on how it’s done.”
The event on Saturday will feature three local bands, DJs and Ian and his co-author Claire Caldwell, will present the stories behind the pictures, do readings and take questions from the audience.
The event runs from 6pm to 2am on Saturday, April 6.
Tickets £5 from Blue Rooms, Revival and Vinyl Tap.