Review – This Is The One: A Photo Essay by Dennis Morris

The recently released Stone Roses photo collection by Dennis Morris is an extensive anthology of his work with the band. The collection features early studio shots with the band on the cusp of breaking, extensive in-performance shots of Spike Island and Glasgow Green right through to studio shots of the band around the Second Coming era.

The books have been numbered and signed by Dennis Morris, with a limited to a run of 1000. The collection features over 250 images, many never seen before, spread across 200 pages.

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The first thing that strikes you is book’s substantial weight and it’s immediately apparent that a lot of thought and attention has gone into the lavish packaging. A heavy weight solander book holder is wrapped in a protective card outer sleeve. Both are mat black with gold embossed writing. The outer slip case sleeve is a tight fit but serves to protect the book from knocks. The book itself is presented within the weighty clamshell box and is set in the right hand side. The full colour glossy cover stands out against the black surround.

Also contained within is a mat black card envelope. This contains the Dennis Morris signed and numbered 10×12 inch photo print of the band. The studio style shot of the Roses looks very high quality and is particularly appealing.

The book itself has a full colour, gloss finish wrap around book jacket featuring iconic images of Ian Brown on stage at Spike Island.

Onto the images themselves. Most are presented as full or double page spreads, with some of the studio images presented collage style. The selection of photos ranges from Morris’ early work with the Roses in the late ’80s through to more informal shots with the band just prior to the release of Second Coming.

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Alongside the studio shots, Dennis has comprehensively documented two of the Roses’ landmark gigs, Spike Island and Glasgow Green. Not only does the collection feature extensive photography of the band on stage, Dennis’s collection also includes lots of scene setting fan shots and backstage images from the gigs.

A forward from Luke Bainbridge and commentaries from Dave Haslam and Dennis himself, help give the images context and set the scene, but let’s be honest this is all about the photography.

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The book is a big investment but is must have for any serious Roses collector.

“This Is The One” can be purchased directly from the publisher at The RRP of the book is £295, but stay tuned for a special exclusive offer in the next few days.

London and Glasgow gigs announced

The Stone Roses have announced three new UK gigs in 2013. They will play two nights at London’s Finsbury Park (June 7 and 8) and one night at Glasgow Green on June 15.

Glasgow Green 2013Finsbury Park, London

The supporting acts for the Glasgow show are Primal Scream, Jake Bugg and The View, with the London support slots still to be announced.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale at 9.30am on Friday November 2.

The Stone Roses War and Peace – Complete interview transcripts

The Stone Roses: War And PeaceIn partnership with Roses’ biographer Simon Spence, we are proud to present a comprehensive series of interview transcripts from those closest to the band. The Stone Roses: War and Peace biography is based on 400 hours of interviews with over seventy of The Stone Roses’ closest associates, including six former band members.

Available exclusively via and Simon’s website, this regular series of interviews will reveal the real story of The Stone Roses like never before.

More than 100 interviews went into the making of War and Peace. Often these interviews would run, when transcribed, to over 10,000 words. In the writing and editing process, many details, insights and whole episodes from these transcripts had to be axed to keep the narrative pace of the book moving.  Here, is the opportunity to publish the basis of the book in its purest, simplest form: the full transcripts of the interviews - Simon Spence.

First in the series is Dave Roberts, A&R at FM Revolver. The FM Revolver record label released the early Roses’ single Sally Cinnamon. Later transcripts will feature Howard Jones, Pete Garner and Geno Washington amongst others.

Win a custom Stone Roses Sonos Play:3 speaker

How would you like to win a very rare Sonos Play:3 speaker with Stone Roses artwork?

The competition is now closed. Congratulations to John Oates of London who is the proud owner of the exclusive Sonos PLAY:3.

Sonos commissioned the limited edition range of PLAY:3 machines for the “The Third Coming” photography exhibition at Whiteleys. They were produced in partnership with the award winning artist Richard Robinson and his studios.

Inspired by the Stone Roses artwork and the famed ‘Perspex’ photograph of  Roses by Kevin Cummins, the wireless music system will provide pure, clean sound that is perfect for bringing room filling music to just about any room in your home.

The highly desirable and unique pieces of memorabilia are not available to buy – but now’s your chance to win one. We’ve teamed up with Sonos to give away the black edition of the Play:3 and a Sonos bridge.

Win Sonos Play:3 with exclusive artwork       

You can find out more about the Sonos Play:3 and the exhibition on the Sonos blog:

Sonos Blog – Behind the lens with Kevin Cummins

For chance to win one Sonos Play:3 speaker and bridge, answer the following question:

Which of the following is NOT a Stone Roses track?

  1. Elephant Stone
  2. Stoned Love
  3. Made of Stone