The Everly Brothers, Don Everly, Phil Everly, ‘Auditorium Theatre, Backstage’ © Lew Allen at Proud Galleries London

The Everly Brothers, Don Everly, Phil Everly, ‘Auditorium Theatre, Backstage’

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© Lew Allen
Rochester, U.S.A. 19 January 1958
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

This photography work depicts Don Everly on the left and Phil Everly on the right backstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester. This piece is part of the Smithsonian Institution collection in Washington DC. The Everly Brothers fused elements of rock and roll, country and pop creating a style that cemented them as pioneers of country rock music. Sadly one year later Phil Everly was a pallbearer at Buddy Holly’s funeral.

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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