Musicians’ backstage as seen by photographer Henry Hargreaves
Rider is a contract clause which indicates a series of conditions which have to be respected from at least two parts. Those, used by musicians, which indicate how they want to have prepared their dressing room and which food and drinks they want, can be also very entertaining. Let’s remember This is Spinal Tap to imagine how extravagant and irrational can be the requirements (in the case of Iggy Pop also very funny – have a look here.)
Photographer Henry Hargreaves was inspired by reading riders of some of the greatest concerts worldwide which express so well different personalities of th musicians. He has focused on the most particular requirements which he has photographed in baroque still life style. He sees also another parallel between the paintings and musicians – time which passes and death of the career of the singer when stage lights switch off.
Photography and art direction: Henry Hargreaves
Styling and objects: Caitlin Levin
24 pink roses with long stems (without thorns).
Fresh Wonder Bread (white), Dom Perignon
Juicy baked chicken, heavily seasoned: garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Beyoncé can only have Pepsi products.
One tub I can’t believe it’s not Butter!, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburger without bread, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.
24 pieces of fried chicken, Rough Rider condoms, Guinness.
Big-ass kielbasas that make men feel self-conscious.
Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. 24 chilled jumbo shrimps, Life Savers, drops against cough.
Small plate of cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty), on ice.
Champagne Cristal, bendy straws.
New Kids on the Block
Häagen-Dazs ice cream, Oreo cookies.
Nine Inch Nails
Two packs of corn starch.
Everything needed for tea and coffee, including honey, lemon, sugar, cream, fresh ginger. Medical doctor to give an injection of vitamin B12.
Hard boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, any time of day. Please don’t be unprepared!
Herring with crème fraîche, a big tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (Attention: no brown MM’s please!).