Wednesday 26 October 2016
Wolfgang's Vault

Volume 1: Through The Lens of Music Photographer Rob Shanahan

Author: Rob Shanahan

Publisher: Abradale

Reviewed: December, 2011


If you’ve been a reader of for any time at all, you’re already abundantly familiar with the incredible photography of rock photographer, Rob Shanahan.  Rob has been a good friend of mine since we met while I was working on my interview with Aerosmith drummer, Joey Kramer.  Since that time, I’ve interviewed Rob and have been featuring his work on Boomerocity every month.

So, I guess you could say that I kind of like the guy.

Rob shared with me well over a year ago that he was putting a book together, I was stoked and couldn’t wait for the book to be published.  My wait – and yours – is finally over and, wow!  What an incredible book it is!  Entitled Volume 1: Through The Lens of Music Photographer Rob Shanahan, it is THE book to add to your library.

The forward was written by his good friend, Ringo Starr, who has used Rob exclusively as his photographer since 2006, working closely with him developing his CD and DVD projects and tour merchandise.  Prior to meeting Starr, Shanahan was certainly no stranger to photographing music royalty.  Since 2003, Rob has been the chief photographer for Yamaha Music Corporation, photographing hundreds of their endorsed artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Sammy Hagar, Elton John, Josh Groban and many, many more.  Rob is also the go to photographer for DW Drums as well as for many “A List” artist around the world.

With such a stellar resume, it will come as no surprise to learn that Volume 1 is chock full of some very rare and historic images that Rob has captured over the years.  Photos such as the private and intimate meeting between Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts and Jim Keltner that took place a couple of years ago at Ringo’s house.  One of my personal favorites is a shot from the last photo shoot for former drummer for Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell.

Yep, that was Rob who conducted that shoot.

In Volume 1, you’ll see shots from Aviril to ZZ Top. From Aguilera to Wright. From Bonamassa to Walsh. From Derringer to Winter. Some of the most spectacular, captivating, riveting photos of your favorite artists are in this book.  It’s a book that you will look through over and over and over again. It’s one that is of such a high quality of publication that you can proudly have it sitting out on your coffee table. 

Order now. Order more than one for gifts for the rock music fan or photo bug in your life.  It’s a phenomenal book to have in anyone’s library.

Congratulations to Rob Shanahan for a tremendous book and a stellar career.

I can’t wait for Volume 2!

Catch the Boomerocity interview with Rob here.

Featured Photo


Our Featured Photo by Boomerocity friend and famed rock photographer, Rob Shanahan (, is of the statue of Freddie Mercury in Montreux, Switzerland!