“When Elton first burst through,” Neal Preston has said, “every tour he did got more and more flamboyant in terms of the show and his costumes. ‘Elton’s coming to town. What’s he going to wear this time?’ You know, that kind of thing.''
Preston has toured with a who's who of rock, and gotten rare access to many of the artists. He’s photographed Ozzy Osbourne’s wedding, played chess with Ray Charles, and spent time in the studio with the Jackson 5.
He is now opening up his legendary archive and sharing the stories behind his images. His new book, Neal Preston: Exhilarated and Exhausted, includes lots of iconic photos and some shots that have not previously been made public.
Cameron Crowe wrote the foreword, and the subjects include Elton; the Clash; Queen; Bruce Springsteen; Kiss; Madonna; Dr Dre; Sid Vicious; and Janis Joplin.