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.

SS Begona leaves Southampton for Jamaica 1970

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

Early morning end of party at the First and Last Rum Bar – Port Antonio

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.

Charlie Ace’s Swing-a-Ling mobile record and recording shop and studio – 1973

1974 – Returned to the UK from Jamaica. Freelance photographer for Island Records. Early photo sessions with Toots and Maytals, Eddie Grant and the Equals, Kevin Ayers.

Kevin Ayers

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.

Live at the Lyceum

1976Ramones 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.

Patti Smith Live at London’s Roundhouse -1976

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.

The Clash backstage at London’s Rainbow Theatre – group shot 1977

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.

Fela Kuti’s Wives at the Shrine – Lagos 1978

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.

Grace Jones – New York Roof Photosessions – 1979

1980Bruce 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.

Blondie – Debbie Harry on the set of the Movie “Roadie” – Texas

1981BOB 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, MadnessThe StranglersRay DaviesSiouxsie Sioux Creatures bathroom session, Tom Waits in London, Marianne Faithful and Lucky Gordon. Plasmatics

Specials concert in Brighton. Stage invasion brings the concert to a climax.

1982JAH 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.

The Slits bathroom session contact sheet. 1982

1983B52’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 LeppardSimple Minds on the Clyde, Aswad.

Grace Jones – Living My Life – Video Shoot – New York 1983

1984Grace 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.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik back stage bar photos

1985 – Official photographer for Live Aid, Philadelphia USA, Tom Waits New York and Paris, Gil Scott Heron, The Live Aid book

Tom Waits with Rickie Lee Jones backstage – Paris 1985

1986Big Audio Dynamite sessions, Straight to Hell movie set photographer. Jamaica tourist photography, Courtney Pine and Carmel, YellowmanPIL, Anthax.

Laughing Water Beach – Jamaica

1987Motor Head European tour, Gregory Isaacs studio session, Annie Lennox Paris, Trinidad sessions, Andy SheppardRandy Newman, Public Image Limited.

Motorhead – London 1987

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 MusicLos Van Van, Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Salif Keita.

Billy Bragg Cris Salewicz and peter Jenner in Moscow – USSR – 1988

1989Notting Hill Carnival sessions. Green peace in the Soviet Union, U2 in USSR, Womack and Womack sessions in Jamaica, William Burroughs USA session, Duran DuranLos Van Van concert, Lee Perry Zurich session, Thomas MapfumoSalif KeitaErasure.

Womack and Womack – House of Zekkariyas – Jamaica

1990Music 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 CongressBarrington LeviBenjamin ZephaniahTippa Irie

Benjamin Zephaniah Dub Poet studio photosession 1990

1991 U2 Achtung Babe, LKJ studio session, Gerry Rafferty at home. Bob Marley Songs of Freedom Exhibition Paris and New York, Freddie McGregor

Bono – U2 Achtung Baby Live London 1991

1992 – Greenpeace U2 at Sellafield Atomic Power Station.

U2 Band with manager Paul McGuinness on a boat trip to a radioactive Sellafield beach dressed in anti radiation suits for a 1992 Greenpeace Demo.

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.

1995JIMI 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.

Baaba Maal in Senegal

1996PUNK: 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.

Elisabeth Valletti

1997Nelson Mandella in London. 2nd Senegal trip. Ernest Ranglin, ‪Lee Perry Indian Chief, Malik Sow, Angelique Kidjo, Prince Buster

Nelson Mandela – London 1997

1998 – First India trip, travel photography, Sidestepper, Palm Pictures, Talvin SingLos Van Van


1999FIREFLY: NOEL COWARD IN JAMAICA (Adrian Boot & Chris Salewicz), UB40 photo session, Tinariwen at Womad. British Council in Iraq and Jordan;

UB40 in Studio – Birmingham 1999

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.

Big Youth

2001REGGAE EXPLOSION: THE STORY OF JAMAICAN MUSIC by Adrian Boot & Chris Salewicz (2001). Trafalger Square Nelson Mandela concert. Baaba Maal Studio sessions, 2nd India trip .. Buddhism.

Candles at the feet of Buddha – Bodh Gaya

2002 – Reggae Explosion Museum opens after a 6 month build – Ocho Rios Jamaica. South Africa trip, Alextown and Soweto. Beresford HammondChannel One Studios

Beresford Hammond at home in Jamaica 2002

2003 – Hackney Ocean World Music awards. 3rd India Trip, Valley of the Flowers, Yoga, Cast in Morocco, Mad Capsule Markets in Amsterdam, Spiritualized.

Mad Capsule Markets .. Amsterdam photosession 2003

2004One Giant Leap sessions. Palm Pictures photographer, Gilles Peterson, Sly and Robbie.

Gilles Peterson at home 2004

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 SenegalVan Morrison, BB King

Children – Irish Town jamaica 2005

2006 – Brown Punk Sessions, Tricky.  4th India Trip – Ladakh.

Tricky – 2006 Brownpunk sessions

2007 – Palm Pictures photography, Jamaica Hotels, Asian Dub Foundation.

Yoga with a view – Girl at Jakes Spa – Treasure Beach Jamaica

2008Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Thailand travel photography. Ethiopiques at the Barbican London, Karen Hill Tribes.

Ethiopiques at the Barbican London

2009Anoushka Shankar, Island 50 concerts. Island 50 Exhibition. Goldeneye, Strawberry Hill, Jakes, The Caves, Island Outpost Hotel sessions, Podor Concert, Senegal trip, Africa Express Liverpool

Blue Mountain View from the Spa – Strawberry Hill Hotel – Jamaica

2010 – Montreux Jazz festival, Clash – London Calling Exhibition at the Proud London, Jimmy Cliff

2011Kashmir Srinagar trip. Taj Mahal photography, Paris video shoot Justice, VV BrownRajasthan.

Kashmir Srinagar – Lake Dal

2012 Baaba Maal studio sessions. Grateful Dead in Egypt book.

Baaba Maal 2012 Studio portraits

2013Vietnam Trip, Shindig concert

Sunrise – Ha Long Bay – Vietnam

2014Andaman Islands Trip, Notting Hill Carnival, Babylon on a Thin Wire updated and published in France.

Elephant on the Beach – Andaman Islands 2014

2016 – Moved to Dorset.

2017 – Grace Jones Dublin BBC photography. 40 Years of Punk Exhibition at the Proud London

Grace Jones Dublin 2017

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