How crazy is that? A soundtrack for a book? Not so crazy when you consider what kind of a book it is and who the author is. Søren Solkær Starbird is a longtime friend and ally of Crunchy Frog. He is an accomplished photographer and has specialized in rock photography over the last 8 years – both in Denmark and on the international scene.
In many ways Søren and Crunchy have grown up together. Søren have taken a lot of the photographs for the Crunchy artists that you know and love – just take a tour of the photo-galleries on this website and you’ll see a lot of Solkær-credits. Among his finest work is the stuff he’s done with Superheroes and Junior Senior. And he has taken practically every official photo of The Raveonettes you have ever seen. As if this wasn’t enough he has worked with pretty much everybody that’s somebody (and even somebody that’s nobody) in Denmark. His work in Denmark has earned him a great reputation elsewhere and during the last couple of years his international work has been published in magazines such as Q, Rolling Stone, Dazed and Confused, GQ, Arena and Flaunt.
On November 25th (until January 8th oh-six) Søren will showcase his very best rock photography at an exhibition at Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen, and the very same day he will release a 144 page art photobook with the cream of the crop from the expo. And as a free bonus the first edition of the book will include for your listening pleasure – yes, you guessed it (or you are a bloody fool) – a wonderful soundtrack! All under the same title: “BEAT CITY”
The book will feature photographs of among many others:
Damon Albarn, Beck, Bloc Party, The Brand New Heavies, Ian Brown, epo-555, Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, Bob Geldof, Jamiroquai, Junior Senior, The Kaiser Chiefs, Kashmir, The Killers, Kira and The Kindred Spirits, The Libertines, MEW, Nephew, PowerSolo, The Raveonettes, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Saybia, The Scissor Sisters, Mikael Simpson, Sort Sol, Jon Spencer & Kristina Martinez, Rod Stewart, Superheroes, Swan Lee, Tina Dickow, Under Byen … and the list goes on…
The pictures were shot pretty much all over the world from Russia to L.A over London and Islands Brygge in studios, venues, backstage rooms, hotels, bars and on the empty nocturnal streets that comprise the scenery for the mythology of rock music. The portraits are mixed with Søren’s art photos of streets, cities and interiors making the book a broader image – not only of the face but also the heart and soul of rock’n’roll. And that’s something, eh?
The preface is written by Sune Wagner of Raveonettes, Tremolo Beer Gut and Psyched Up Janis fame. He is old friends with Søren and actually even worked as his assistant for a while. Søren more or less started his carreer as rock-arazzi shooting Sune’s first band, Psyched Up Janis. After that he did a lot of work for us at Crunchy and from there, he has more or less established himself as the leading photographer in the musicbiz. Especially his uncompromising work for The Raveonettes and Junior Senior has made Søren’s portfolio so impressive that foreign labels and magazines just gotta have some of that Starbird magic. The title – by the way – is taken from one of Sune’s songs with The Raveonettes: “Beat City”.
Søren have selected some of his favourite tracks from the artists he has depicted. The tracklist is as impressive as the scope of the whole project. Be sure to pick up your copy before the first edition goes out of print (the soundtrack will not be for sale apart from the book). It’s available in record shops and book shops + Vibrashop.com from November 25th.
Bloc Party – LIKE EATING GLASS
Franz Ferdinand – TAKE ME OUT
Kaiser Chiefs – SATURDAY NIGHT
The Killers – ANDY YOU’RE A STAR
Kashmir – SHE’S MADE OF CHALK
Sort Sol – SIGGIMOND BLUE
Powersolo – MR. SUIT
Heavy Trash – UNDER THE WAVES
Tim Christensen – WHISPERING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS
Kira & The Kindred Spirits – 20 NIGHTS
Spleen United – IN PEAK FITNESS CONDITION
epo-555 – LE BEAT’S ON FIRE
Junior Senior – BOY MEETS GIRL
Superheroes – MIAMI
JJ72 – TAKE FROM ME
Scissor Sisters – COMFORTABLY NUMB
Mikael Simpson – ER DU KOMMET FOR AT FAA NOGET?
The Libertines – CAN’T STAND ME NOW
The Rifles – LOCAL BOY
The Raveonettes – BEAT CITY
All other images are from pages in “BEAT CITY” (c) Søren Solkær Starbird.