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

Al Green

24 pink roses with long stems (without thorns).

Axl Rose

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.

Billy Idol

One tub I can’t believe it’s not Butter!, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies

Britney Spears

Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburger  without bread, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.

Busta Rhymes

24 pieces of fried chicken, Rough Rider condoms, Guinness.

Foo Fighters

Big-ass kielbasas that make men feel self-conscious. 

Frank Sinatra

Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. 24 chilled jumbo shrimps, Life Savers, drops against cough.

Lady Gaga

Small plate of cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty), on ice.

Mariah Carey  

Champagne Cristal, bendy straws.

Marilyn Manson

Gummi bears.

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!

Van Halen 

Herring with crème fraîche, a big tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (Attention: no brown MM’s please!).



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