Bobby Darin, ‘Rock Party Bus Tour’ © Lew Allen at Proud Galleries London

Bobby Darin, ‘Rock Party Bus Tour’

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© Lew Allen
Rochester, U.S.A. 15 October 1958
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

This photography work depicts singer, musician and actor Bobby Darin holding the jumper that he wore later on stage during his performance at the Community War Memorial Theatre. This was only his first or second tour of his career. Bobby started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis and performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk, swing as well as country music.

This series of stunning images were captured by Lew Allen in Cleveland and New York from 1956 to ‘58, Allen’s work features a stellar assemblage of early rock ’n’ roll icons. His lens embodies one of the last links to visually document those early days when rock was just beginning. This remarkable work takes you back to a time before these rock pioneers rose to legendary status.

About Lew Allen
Currently residing in America, Lew Allen received a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1961 and studied with photographers Minor White, Ralph Hattersley and attended lectures from Ansel Adams and other noted photographers. Lew Allen’s photography was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London -in conjunction with a BBC documentary featuring his story of Elvis. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery selected his work for their permanent collection.

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