earned his master’s degree in education, became an award-winning social studies teacher, and created a popular rock-and-roll history course for middle school and high school students in Los Angeles. In 2008, Lance Armstrong awarded Schwartz the LIVESTRONG Award for the programs that he developed in support of students and families battling cancer in Southern California. Schwartz currently lives in Santa Monica, where he works as a music historian and the archive director for the Chuck Boyd Photo Collection.
“Many of the photos speak for themselves: a young James Brown primping for a 1965 television appearance, a sweat-drenched Little Richard in the studio, Martha and the Vandellas belting it out, and a bearded Jimmy Page with his violin bow aloft. Only a handful of Boyd’s images were staged; the majority feature artists mid-performance or in candid moments. These were shots a fan or friend would take, and though Boyd wasn’t the most technically-precise photographer, his work’s warmth, immediacy, and charm reveal the work of a man who loved what he was doing and had a genuine affection for his subjects.”
“The most striking thing to me about Boyd’s photos was his ability to capture an artist’s essence, personally and musically, regardless of whether the shot was posed or candid. . . . As either a keepsake for your own coffee table, or as a gift, I feel safe in saying you won’t be disappointed with this photographic treasure chest.”
“A beautiful book from cover to cover . . . and a ‘coffee table’ display item to be sure. Boyd was a top-notch rock photographer, and some of his best work (much of it previously unpublished) is on display here between these covers.”
—Kent Kotal, Forgotten Hits blog
“He catches many of the figures in the dramatic X formations or diagonals of baroque and romantic painting, a compositional device for which the guitar neck is ideally suited. He often frames performers up-close at low-angles nearly full-frame, set against flat or deep black backgrounds or in raw chiaroscuro, at times recalling Spanish Romantic martyr portraits.”
“The 216-page book features the kind of photos rock geeks will want to get framed for their living rooms.”
“The images here are indelible, iconic and many unseen for decades.”