Britpop photographer's book to Cassell

Britpop photographer's book to Cassell

Cassell has acquired While We Were Getting High: Britpop & the 90s in Photographs by Kevin Cummins. 

Publishing on 24th September as a £30 hardback, the book is described as Cummins' "portrait of a debauched decade". It includes hundreds of photographs of groups such as Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Suede and Elastica alongside exclusive interviews with icons of the era such as Noel Gallagher and Brett Anderson.

Manchester-born Cummins is best known for portraits of musicians including Joy Division, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Mick Jagger, Patti Smith and Oasis, and his work has appeared on magazine covers and in art galleries and museums including the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Joe Cottington, senior commissioning editor at Octopus Publishing Group, who acquired world rights in all languages from Carrie Kania at the C&W Agency, commented: "When I think back to the Britpop era it’s Kevin’s photographs that I remember – Blur standing in front of a freshly graffitied wall, Liam and Noel hugging in their Man City shirts, Justine [Frischmann] looking painfully, effortlessly cool on tour in New York. To see them collected like this is incredible, nostalgic and exciting at the same time.

"And the roster of icons that Kevin has spoken to makes it that extra bit special. Noel’s contribution in particular is exactly the kind of thing you want to hear from your musical heroes."

Cummins said: "I worked really closely with most of these bands throughout the 90s, so it was a really difficult edit to make. Such was the wealth of material I had available I could easily have published a book each on Blur, Oasis, Elastica, Lush, Gene, Suede... So this book features absolutely the best photos I’ve taken of the whole era. It’s a body of work of which I’m extremely proud and I’m delighted to publish again with Octopus, who shared my vision for the project and helped me get my initial edit of 10,000 photos into a more manageable 250 or so."