The Smiths

The definitive pictorial document of The Smiths, showcasing never-before-published photographs of one of the most influential bands of the late twentieth century at the apex of its popularity.

Today, The Smiths are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the late twentieth century. The fact that they disbanded—after a little more than four years and seventy songs—abruptly and explosively on the brink of becoming megastars, only adds to the rabid, cult devotion of their fans. Photographer Nalinee Darmrong traveled with and captured the band during its peak years: Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead tours 1985–1986.

This volume is filled with reams of photographs of the band backstage and onstage, most unpublished; ephemera including original set lists, backstage passes, tickets, and handcrafted promo materials; personal effects such as letters and clothing, and other items. The photographs impart the frenetic energy of the band during performances, and a private, almost familial chronicle of the band offstage and behind the scenes. Equal parts intimate time capsule and a love letter to The Smiths, the book is a look at this important band during the height of its creative period.

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Press

Smiths Photographer on Witnessing Band at Their ‘Frenetic’ Peak — Rolling Stone

17 Years Old and On  Tour With The SmithsFrank151

Style Lessons from The Smiths — The Daily/Mr Porter

A Look At The New Smiths Photo Book By D.C.’s Own Nalinee Darmrong — A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed

You’ve Got to See This Local Photographer’s Book About Her Teenage Years Touring With the Smiths — Washingtonian

The Day Morrissey Smiled: On Tour with The Smiths 1985–86 — Medium/Cuepoint

Issue 19, Summer 2016 — Proper

Issue 271, June 2016 — MOJO

 

Exhibition

Studio 1469 – 1469 Harvard St. NW REAR, Washington DC, www.studio1469.com or on Facebook

EXHIBITION:

June 17 through August 2016

IMPORTANT PRESS DATES:

Public Reception: Friday, June 17th, 6 – 9 PM.

Artist Talk + Book Signing: Saturday, June 18th, 6 – 9 PM. Remarks at 7 PM.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1 – 6 PM. Also by appointment.

WASHINGTON, DC – Studio 1469 is ecstatic to be the exclusive venue for Nalinee Darmrong: The Smiths: 1985-1986, showcasing over twenty never-before-seen photographs of one of the most influential bands of the late twentieth century at the apex of its popularity. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Rizzoli release of the book The Smiths.

“Nalinee has had an extensive history and involvement within alternative music. She’s often memorialized that dedication via her camera, with skill and a unique perspective,” says Norm Veenstra, Director of Studio 1469. “Psyched to exhibit a choice selection of some of her earliest efforts.”

Now, The Smiths are considered one of the most iconic rock bands from the 1980’s. Despite a public collapse of the band, together under four years and with a catalogue of just about seventy songs, there remains a cult devotion of fans. Photographer Nalinee Darmrong traveled with and captured the band during its peak years: the Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead tours 1985–1986. These photographs impart the frenetic energy of the band during performances, and a private, almost familial chronicle of the band offstage and behind the scenes. Equal parts intimate time capsule and love letter to The Smiths, this exhibition is a look at this important band during the height of its creative period.

“I have always been an avid music enthusiast, and there was always music playing in the home.  When I first heard The Smiths, I immediately knew they were different, in the very best way,” says Nalinee Darmrong. “At 17, I saw my first Smiths show at The Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, June 11, 1985. I had no idea how much my life was about to change. With incredible luck, timing, and help from my parents, friends and the band, I was so fortunate to make it to all these shows. All the while, I had my junky Minolta 35mm camera in hand, trying to capture as much of the experience as I could, both for myself, as well as for all the friends/fans who weren’t able to go to shows because of prior commitments. I will always be indebted to The Smiths for one of the most incredible musical and personal experiences of my life.”

Available for purchase during the exhibition, The Smiths is filled with reams of photographs of the band backstage and onstage, most unpublished; ephemera including original set lists, backstage passes, tickets, and handcrafted promo materials; personal effects such as letters and clothing, and other items.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Nalinee Darmrong is a photographer who lives in Washington, DC. She is currently a house photographer for the 9:30 Club.

ABOUT STUDIO 1469

Studio 1469 (www.studio1469.com) is an artist studio, designed and created with multi- disciplinary uses in mind. Studio 1469 is located just northeast of the intersection of 15th and Harvard Street NW, adjacent to the nexus of Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights, conveniently 2.5 blocks from the Green and Yellow line Columbia Heights Metro.

 

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