Galerie Valérie Cueto, 2003
In 1973, the virtuosis artist Guy Peellaert teamed up with author Nik Cohn to create this fantasy tribute to rock ’n’ roll and R&B. Through surreal texts and images, Peellaert and Cohn paint an imaginary world where the great gods of mid-century popular music appear in their own settings (the Drifters under the boardwalk, Otis Redding on the dock of the bay, the Beach boys on the beach). All of the founding heroes of rock, soul, and pop appear in Peellaert and Cohn’s colorful hallucinations, including Buddy Holly, Elvis, Ray Charles, Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, and many more. To celebrate a long friendship and collaboration, Charlotte Léouzon invited Guy Peellaert to re-print some original tableaux of this mythical serie.