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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 May, 2004, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Music icon photos go on display
Rod Stewart photographed by David Steen
Rod Stewart was photographed in his bedroom
Icons of rock and pop music are to be featured in a new photographic exhibition opening this week.

Images of The Beatles, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix will take centre stage in Thirty Flight Rock exhibition in central London.

Other highlights include an image of a youthful Rod Stewart taken in 1976.

An early Beatles photograph with George Harrison, John Lennon and "Fifth Beatle" Stuart Sutcliffe will also be on display.

It was taken in a Hamburg fairground by Sutcliffe's photographer girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr in 1960.

Beatle's 'image'

She recalled: "Because they looked so rough and their music was raw, I thought of a suitable background for them.

"I took them to the fairground in Hamburg because of all the steel there, which suited their image.

"They never smiled. They were too excited."

David Steen, who took the photograph of Rod Stewart reclining on his bed in Beverly Hills, said: "This picture of Rod Stewart amused me.

"There's always something very personal about someone's bedroom and I just thought how women seeing the photo would love to have swapped places with that cat.

"Rod looked menacing and teasing all at once. This shot was one of many I took in 30 to 40 locations around the house over a week."

The two-week exhibition, starting on 13 May, is being held at Saab Piccadilly's The Platform space to mark the 30th anniversary of Genesis Publications.

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