On October 25 and 26, 1975, Elton John - the world's biggest pop
star - performed two sold-out shows in California's Dodger Stadium.
It would be the largest rock concert of its time and the first time
a music act performed at the ballpark since The Beatles in 1966. In
1975, Elton John released Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt
Cowboy, the first ever album to debut straight at number one on the
Billboard charts. A few days before the concert, he'd release
another number one album, Rock of the Westies. His fame was at an
all-time high and Elton John was well-known for his outlandish live
performances. The biggest rock star in the world was going to stage
two nights in one of America's most beloved and famous venues. This
was sure to become a significant note in the history of
20th-century music.Photographer Terry O'Neill, by then already
known as a world class photographer whose images of The Beatles,
The Rolling Stones and David Bowie were considered iconic, was
on-hand to capture every moment.O 'Neill was given unprecedented
access to document this incredible occasion and now, for the first
time in book form, these photos - many of which have never been
seen before - celebrate two milestone days in music history.Days
before the event, Elton John left London in trademark style.
Friends, family and the next-door neighbours boarded what would
become a flying back-stage, complete with a piano, from London to
LAX. The build-up to the event was feverish and the world's press
was watching. Through his lens, Terry O'Neill records the
exuberance, anxiety and pressure as the star readies himself for
the show of a lifetime.Through private moments as well as public
ones, including Elton backstage with super-fans as diverse as Cary
Grant and Billie Jean King, O'Neill creates a visual record that
will forever help define this moment of time when music's most
outlandish performer overcame his personal and professional demons
to create two days of performance legend all leading-up to the
ultimate moment: Elton John on-stage in a Bob Mackie designed
Dodger's uniform - complete with 'Elton #1' emblazoned on the back,
raising a baseball bat high in the air. It was a home run.O 'Neill
captures all of this and more in Two Days that Rocked the World:
Elton John Live at Dodger Stadium, Photographs by Terry O'Neill.
Including an introduction by Billie Jean King, this incredible book
will feature more than 150 photographs along with O'Neill's own
memories of the event itself. This book celebrates the story of a
concert that was instantly dubbed an iconic moment in music history
and John's finest moment.
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