Fuck You-Rock and Roll Portraits (Book Review)
Released: 2008, Chronicle Books
There are lots of these little books dumped on the market to capitalize on the resurgence of the 80’s melodic, Hard Rock/ Metal scene. These books often lacking in substance are quick snapshots aimed at an older crowd (my age!) who think nothing of dropping a $15.00 on a book they found in the bargain bin, to help relive a few memories.
FUCK YOU-Rock and Roll Portraits is a collection of photos by Neil Zlozower who along with Ross Halfin and Mark Weiss were synonymous with being the top Hard Rock photographers of the 80’s with each of their work appearing regularly in the glossy pages of Circus and Hit Parader and so on. FUCK YOU is a collection of about 200 photos of musicians. The ‘catch’ is that every single photo each person is giving Neil the middle finger! There are live shots, candid shots, posed shots from the biggest stars like Stephen Tyler and Bon Jovi to the nun who was on one of the album cover of Black Label Society’s SHOT TO HELL.
It’s bright, colorful, loud, fun and full of attitude. Neil adds a quick introduction but that’s about it, just photos on nice glossy paper. You can file FUCK YOU along with AMERICAN HAIR METAL, HOLLYWOOD ROCKS and THE WIT AND WISDOM OF THE METAL GODS as essentially collections of photos to sit on your shelf. Pull it out once a year, have a quick chuckle and then put it back to collect dust for another year.