A second edit of my timeline. This time with some new images. It is still incomplete and full of mistakes .. but It’s coming together. Any help i can get with dates etc. would be much appreciated.
1970 – Finished University and moved to Jamaica to teach physics at Titchfield School in Port Antonio. My new wife Lynne and I travelled to Jamaica on the SS Begona together with hundreds of Jamaicans returning home to Jamaica.
I was seasick for half the 3 wk voyage but did rediscover Reggae music in the below decks Shebeen. The Begona was finally broken up for scrap in 1975 after nearly sinking off the coast of Barbados.
1971 – 1972 Spent every hour of my spare time photographing Jamaica for a Thames and Hudson book “ Babylon on a Thin Wire”
1973 – First photographic commission to cover The Rolling Stones “Goats head Soup” recording sessions at Dynamic Sounds studio in Kingston Jamaica. Shot the now famous Charlie Ace’s Swing-a-Ling mobile record store in Kingston Jamaica. Spent the long summer school holidays travelling across the USA by Grayhound bus from Miami to San Francisco with a formative time staying with Rolling Stone writer Robert Greenfield in Carmel the shooting ground of master photographer Ansel Adams. It was here i really learned how to take photographs. It was the Adams Zone System that inspired me to build a darkroom in Jamaica and finally back in the UK.
1975 – Freelance for Blackhill Enterprises. The Damned and Roy Harper photo sessions, Abba London concert, Led Zeppelin London concert. Opened the “Words and Faces” studio in Camden with the late great Finn Costello, Peter Green photo session, Ian Dury with Kilburn and the High Roads. In July it was the iconic Bob Marley concert at London’s Lyceum Theatre.
1976 – Ramones first London photosession, The Clash Westway sessions, Pattie Smith and Punk Rock for the NME and Melody Maker, Bob Marley Carlos Place photosession, Steeleye Span, The Stranglers studio session, Devo in Acron Ohio, Returned to Jamaica to cover the violent 1976 elections.
1977 – published BABYLON ON A THIN WIRE (Adrian Boot & Michael Thomas ), The Clash Camden and Belfast sessions, The Sex Pistols Oxford street sessions. Blondie live in London, Steel Pulse concert. Back to Jamaica for Island Records. Bob Marley, Lee Perry, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Graham Parker and the Rumour, The Ramones London concert, Bob Marley football match, Roy Harper and Pink Floyd at Abbey Road studios, Generation X at the Marquee, Marc Bolan London concert.
1978 – Staff photographer at Melody Maker, Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead in Egypt for the Melody Maker, Fela Kuti in Lagos, First Africa trip to Nigeria and Togo, Rolling Stones in Jamaica, Blondie sessions in the USA, Peter Tosh Hellshire beach session, Bunny Wailer at home in Hectors river Jamaica, The Jam photo session, Jimmy Pursey for the Melody Maker (cover), Marianne Faithful studio session, Bob Marley Peace concert.
1979 – Photographing the NY Punk scene for the Melody Maker, Suicide in New York, Grace Jones New York rooftop session, Studio 54 NY, Lee Perry “Black Ark” sessions, Goldeneye Jamaica sessions, Bob Marley at Hope Road Kingston, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Ian Dury, The Police, Buzzcocks in Manchester, Set photographer for Countryman film in Jamaica, Dire Straits in the Bahamas, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones London concert, Tom Petty in San Francisco, Steel Pulse Brixton and Berlin sessions, The Heptones, LKJ and Darcus Howe at Race Today, Bob Marley at Tuff Gong. Third World.
1980 – Bruce Springsteen London concert, Marvin Gaye last session, Kiss in Rome, Paul and Linda McCartney, The Runaways, Quadrophenia, Blondie USA, Three Degrees studio session, Kate Bush, early U2 concert and Bruce Springsteen. The Jam, Compass Point Studios Nassua Bahamas, Blondie in Texas, The Clash Manchester Apollo, The Pretenders, Sex Pistols concert, Andy Warhole at the Ritz, Matumbi.
1981 – BOB MARLEY: SOUL REBEL – NATURAL MYSTIC (Adrian Boot & Vivian Goldman), Aswad West London sessions, BB King, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithful Island Fallout Shelter session. Specials Brighton concert stage riot. The Slits, early U2 group photo session. Tom Tom Club Nassua session. Bob Marley’s Funeral in Jamaica, The Beat, Al Green, Madness, The Stranglers, Ray Davies, Siouxsie Sioux Creatures bathroom session, Tom Waits in London, Marianne Faithful and Lucky Gordon. Plasmatics
1982 – JAH REVENGE: BABYLON REVISITED (Adrian Boot & Michael Thomas), Peter Gabriel at home, Kid Creole New York sessions. U2 USA tour Atlanta and Chicago . Sly and Robbie, Jamaica Historic buildings, Bananarama, The Slits, Sly and Robbie, Tom Tom Club at Compass Point studios Nassau Bahamas. Generation X, Dexys Midnight Runners and the Late jamaican Poet Michael Smith.
1983 – B52’s Paris sessions, left Melody make to become Island Records in house photographer. Working for Island Records in Jamaica, Colombia, Algeria, Nigeria, and many other parts of the world. Grace Jones photosession New York, Gregory Isaacs Jamaica, Def Leppard, Simple Minds on the Clyde, Aswad.
1984 – Grace Jones One Man Show, A year as Top of the Pops photographer for the BBC , Virgin Records Richard Branson, Photographer for Actual Magazine in Paris, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Musical Youth, Trinidad trip.
1988 – Chris Salewicz, Billy Bragg, Peter Jenner and myself take a winter break in the Soviet Union. The stories that unfolded during this cold war vacation became the subject of a book called Midnights in Moscow published the following year. Depeche Mode LA USA, Yusuf Islam Cat Stevens, The Cure, Algeria Rai Music, Los Van Van, Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Salif Keita.
1989 –Notting Hill Carnival sessions. Green peace in the Soviet Union, U2 in USSR, Womack and Womack sessions in Jamaica, William Burroughs USA session, Duran Duran, Los Van Van concert, Lee Perry Zurich session, Thomas Mapfumo, Salif Keita, Erasure.
1990 – Music in Colombia – Medellin, Cartagena. Roger Water’s The Wall in Berlin. Begin photographing African Music. First Baaba Maal photosession. Alan Ginsburg. Bob Marley Songs of Freedom Exhibition London, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Africa trip, Discos Fuentes, Africa National Congress, Barrington Levi, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tippa Irie
1992 – Greenpeace U2 at Sellafield Atomic Power Station.
1993 – Jimi Hendix Project – Ultimate Experience Exhibition. Collecting Jimi Hendrix photographs from photographers around the world .. I have never photographed Jimi, so it was interesting for me to curate an exhibition of other photographers work.
1994 – Jimi Hendix Ultimate Experience Exhibition London and New York. Baaba Maal concert.
1995 – JIMI HENDRIX: THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE (Adrian Boot & Chris Salewicz). BOB MARLEY: SONGS OF FREEDOM (Adrian Boot & Chris Salewicz), Baaba Maal Africa trip Senegal photosessions, Salif Keita, Luciano studio session, Chakademus and Pliers.
1996 – PUNK: THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF A MUSIC REVOLUTION (Adrian Boot & Chris Salewicz). Egypt Tutankhamun at the Cairo Museum, Elisabeth Valletti, Firefly Noel Coward museum project, Dean Fraser.
2000 – Lagos, West Africa Island Trading trip, Buju Banton, Morocco Trip, Wayne Wonder, Dillinger. Created www.urbanimage.tv with Felix Boot and Richard Horsey as a small independent eclectic photo agency.
2005 – Jamaica again .. Hotel tourist photography, Baaba Maal, Goldeneye Hotel, Jakes Hotel , Strawberry Hill Hotel , The Caves Hotel, Baaba Maal, Notting Hill Carnival, Luciano in Senegal, Van Morrison, BB King
2007 – Palm Pictures photography, Jamaica Hotels, Asian Dub Foundation.
2016 – Moved to Dorset.
2017 – Grace Jones Dublin BBC photography. 40 Years of Punk Exhibition at the Proud London