As Island Pulse reported news earlier this week: A photographic book providing an in depth view of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival has reached the Best British Book category in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2009.
On further research we discovered quite a lot of the iconic photographs used within ‘The Isle of Wight Festival 1970: Six Days That Rocked The World’ were taken by island photographer Doug White.
The book was initially compiled by regular columnist of Amateur Photographer Magazine Bob Aylott, and was launched to highlight the 40th Anniversary of the Isle of Wight Festival next year in 2010.
Doug White from Cowes (pictured circa 1970), a member of the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group, classes himself as semi professional and is one of the very few photographers to have covered all three early Island festivals 1968-69-70.
Photography and cameras has always been Doug’s passion, the interest in photography stems from his late mother whom he always dedicates his, pictures to.
Now 40 years on from the initial Isle of Wight Festivals’ despite ill health, he will not give up on his photography. Never flinching from adventure, the press pack deadline still in his blood Doug White continues to blag his way into music festivals and the stories he can tell! perhaps best kept for another day.
Doug’s photographic collaboration in ‘‘The Isle of Wight Festival 1970: Six Days That Rocked The World’ follows on from his assistance in another book ‘The Last Great Event’ which also highlights many of Doug’s photographs featuring the late and great Jimi Hendrix.
Shooting black and white photos of the early rockers, his images have now become historic pop memorabilia. Commemorative posters of Jimi Hendrix as taken by Doug, have also been printed as part of the book launch and can be purchased along with the book from www.isleofwightfestival1970.com
The book has been two years in the making and it has to be noted a collaboration of efforts. Bob Aylott, Bryn Campbell, Bob Mazzer, Doug White, Ken Beken, Mike Hardy, and Chris Weston, have all contributed to, the most important publication about the greatest pop festival of all time.
Doug White’s classic image super star Jimi Hendrix was taken at the original Isle of Wight Festival 1970.
The Exhibition From The Book ‘Isle of Wight Festival 1970 ‘Six Days That Rocked The World’. June- August 2010. (exact dates to be confirmed) Westbury Manor Museum. West Street, Fareham, Hampshire. Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm. Saturday 10am – 4pm Admission Free.
These photographs taken by Doug are extremely rare and Southsea Gallery is the only Gallery on the mainland where you can obtain these gem items. The photographs priced at A3 Framed £95 A2 Framed £165 A1 £195 on the web are low resolution to see the originals please contact the Gallery or pop in. Website
Doug White even gets a mention on the 30th Anniversary HERE: Afton 30yrs On
To purchase: Isle of Wight Festival 1970. ‘Six Days That Rocked The World’ the first hardback edition is available on line at www.isleofwightfestival1970.com priced at only £35 + p&p. You can also pick up a copy at Dimbola Lodge in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight to save on postage costs.
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