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These highly collectable giclée prints were created on archival fine art paper. They celebrateNirvana's shows at Zénith de Paris and the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle. The prints are a collaboration between multimedia artistDavid Lloyd and renowned rock photographer Justin Thomas. The high quality inks and materials used, combine to produce incredibly rich colours and detail with a light fastness guarantee in excess of 60 years indoor display life.
Originally from the North East of England, David Lloyd is an alumni of Central Saint Martins and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy and spent most of his life working as an artist, musician and composer on both sides of the Atlantic.
"This entire collection is a labour of love fuelled by late nights, an addiction to coffee and an insatiable love of music."
PhotographerJustin Thomasdevoted over 35 years to working in the front line of the music industry, documenting the history of Rock 'n' Roll from Punk to Britpop through the lens of his camera and has shot everyone from Led Zeppelin and Prince to Bob Marley and The Stone Roses.
"I’d travelled to Paris to get some shots from the first night of Nirvana’s European tour. I didn’t have a photo-pass but I didn’t want one! I knew security would only give us the first three songs to take photos and I desperately wanted to do the entire show. There was a heavy snow on the night of the performance and I managed borrow a long white raincoat from a friend. On arrival I paid one of the official photographers to get my camera and big lens past security and met him inside a few minutes later. I put the camera under the raincoat and made my way into the hall. I must have stood out like a sore thumb as seemingly everyone in the building was wearing black!
As soon as the band hit the stage, I pushed my way deep into the crowd and managed to get my camera out. The fans were going crazy and I was pushed left, right and centre in a violent, thrashing surge of bodies and limbs. During the quieter moments I managed to take some frames but it was far from easy. Eventually, I withdrew from the centre of the fabulous madness and managed to get more photos from the fringes before being spotted by the French security guys. At that point I decided to make a run for it before they got to me and escaped the Zenith de Paris with three full rolls of film and my camera intact.
They were probably the most difficult circumstances I’d ever had to shoot under and by the next day my body was covered in bruises. With the tour ending only two weeks later in Munich, the images I captured that night turned out to be the last live frames I'd ever get of Kurt and the band.