25,000 images of rock, pop, soul and country greats now online at photos.reelinintheyears.com

Jimi Hendrix Royal Albert Hall 1969

25,000 images of rock, pop, soul and country greats now online at Reelin’ In the Years



Michael Hepworth


HOLLYWOOD 9Perfect Music Today) 6/16/20/–Reelin’ In The Years Productions, one of the world’s leading footage licensing companies, announced today the launch of a new website dedicated to their growing collection of music-related photographs, photos.reelinintheyears.com, featuring a fully searchable database. Known for their deep archive of music and entertainment footage, Reelin’ in the Years began offering still photos last year. The Reelin’ in the Years Photo Archive now includes over 200,000 images from the 1930s to today, featuring unique photos of artists ranging from Elvis to the Sex Pistols, the Beatles to Beyonce, Muddy Waters to Bob Marley, and everything in between.

RITY’s new online photo database currently contains 25,000 images, which are all fully metatagged, mining all available detail, including date, location and venue, with more photos added daily from their vast photo collection.

The RITY Photo Archive includes the work of many legendary photographers, such as Michael Zagaris, Janet Makoska, Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, Patrick Harbron, Richard E. Aaron, Eric Hayes, Robert Alford and Eddie Wolfl, as well some truly remarkable private archives, all of which contain both and iconic and unseen images of musical artists spanning the last ninety years. In addition to the well-known photographers, RITY has sought out lesser-known artists who also took powerful images that capture unique moments from music history. RITY is also proud to represent the photo archives of legendary rock artists such as The Doors & Janis Joplin.

“Our mission is to focus exclusively on images of music artists, ranging from Nashville in the fifties to Motown in the sixties to the London punk scene in the seventies and beyond,” said David Peck, president of RITY. “We’re also proud that in addition to offering iconic images, a large part of our archive has not been seen before and isn’t the same photos that tend to be used over and over again.”

RITY’s new photo site offers an array of essential search tools, allowing users to look up images by both date and venue. For example, users can search for “David Bowie 1978” or “David Bowie Madison Square Garden 1978.” Employing the advanced search filter, users see everything available for an artist during a specific date range, or all photos for specific year. To receive lo-res watermarked images, users can fill out a simple online form and the photos will be sent. Since the site has just been launched, and over a  hundred thousand images are yet to be watermarked and uploaded, users are encouraged to contact RITY directly to find additional images.

For over 20 years, the RITY team’s love of music and entertainment footage has been the cornerstone of their archival work. Their passion and focus have made RITY a go-to source for footage licensing, and they are bringing the same energy and dedication to their evolving still image business.

As Tom Gundlefunger O’Neal, who in 1969 took the cover shot for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s iconic album “Déjà vu”, put it, “When it came to my photos, David Peck was tenacious and one of the best sleuths I’ve seen in identifying dates and locations of where my photos were taken. I honestly have never seen anyone like him before. His attention to detail is insane and because of this, my photo archive is catalogued in a way I could never have dreamed of.”

Along with their moving image archive of 30,000 hours of music footage spanning 90 years, The Reelin’ In The Years Footage & Photo archive is now a one-stop shop for moving & still images of music’s greatest artists.

If you are a photographer who has taken images of musical artists and you would like a place where your work is honored and appreciated, please contact RITY to discuss possible representation.

The Reelin’ in the Years Photo Archive site can be accessed directly at www.photos.reelinintheyears.com, or through RITY’s main site, reelinintheyears.com

A tiny fraction of the images found in the new Reelin’ In The Years online photo database:
Top row: Jimi Hendrix rehearsing at Royal Albert Hall, London, February 18, 1969 (© Eric Hayes); Whitney Houston at CNE Grandstand Toronto, August 30, 1987 (© Patrick Harbron ); Mick Jagger at a Rolling Stones recording session for Let It Bleed at Olympic Studios, London, February, 1969 (© Eric Hayes ); Ozzy Osborne at Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia PA, January  16, 1984 (© Robert Alford)
Bottom row: Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen at Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland OH, October-1980 (© Janet Macoska );  Patsy Cline at her last performance, a benefit concert in Kansas City KS on March 3, 1963, (© The Thomas Sims Country Archive )
ABOUT REELIN IN THE YEARS PRODUCTIONS: Since 1992, Reelin In The Years Productions has been recognized as a world leader in footage licensing. Their unique archive houses over 30,000 hours of music footage spanning 90 years. Recently they’ve begun to offer for licensing hundreds of thousands of music-related photos from the 1930s to today. With their extensive knowledge of music history, an unparalleled archive of music performance footage spanning ten decades and an ever-expanding photo archive, they are a one-stop shop for both moving and still images of music artists. In addition to their massive music footage & photo archive, they also have available for licensing 7,000 hours of in-depth interviews with the 20th century’s icons of Film and Television, Politics, Comedy, Literature, Art, Science, Fashion, and Sports, filmed between 1962-2012. The interviews are from legendary talk shows around the world, including those hosted by Sir David Frost, Merv Griffin, Rona Barrett and Brian Linehan.




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