John Lennon in his New York City T-Shirt. The Clash's Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar onstage. The Ramones posing in front of a brick wall. These are some of rock photography's most iconic pictures, and no doubt you're as familiar with the photographs as you are the artists' music. But have you ever seen them all under one roof? A mammoth traveling exhibit originally organized by the Brooklyn Museum, the Annenberg Space for Photography's "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present" gathers more than 50 years' worth of the genre's greatest and lesser-known images 166 portraits, album covers and crowd shots, organized into six categories taken by shutterbugs ranging from such heavyweights as Annie Leibovitz, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Lynn Goldsmith, Henry Diltz and Bob Gruen to modern mavericks like David LaChapelle, Mark Seliger and Max Vadukul. Here's your chance to see Jimi Hendrix playing backup for Wilson Pickett before he became a guitar god; Madonna as just another downtown NYC dweller before she became a pop goddess; and Lennon lying on top of Yoko Ono in a tender moment in bed just days before he was shot to death. Accompanying the exhibit are a slide show, documentary and lectures, in addition to a series of concerts organized by KCRW. Annenberg Space for Photography, 200 Ave. of the Stars, Century City; opens Sat., June 23, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; thru Oct. 7; free. (213) 403-3000, annenbergspaceforphotography.com.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 23. Continues through Oct. 21, 2012