Detroit Rock City

Pardon my exhaust, but this long-overdue tome proves what everyone who is anyone has known since the dawn of the decibel: that out of the smoky shadows and industrial noise of the Motor City came the highest-octane rock ’n’ roll ever known to man or beast. From the highly influential Mitch Ryder, MC5, and Stooges; to the FM radio heroes Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger, and Ted Nugent; to the trousseau-challenged Romantics and White Stripes, there is only one metropolis worthy of the mighty mantle Detroit Rock City—and this is the story of how it earned that titular title, as told by those who made it happen!

Robert Matheu - Photographer Extraordinaire cum Michigan Music Aficionado

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Adam Ant in aid of DEBRA

Adam Ant: Dandy in the Underworld
a collection of iconic portraits of the Post-Punk star spanning the length of his extraordinary, eccentric and eclectic career.

I am flattered to have been asked by Mr. Adam Ant personally to take part in this exhibition in London. This collection, co-curated by Adam, includes a number of my images, starting from the first moment Adam's pirate boots hit the Hollywood pavement. I was retained by Epic Records to accompany Adam during his first week in Hollywood, including all of his radio and TV appearances and his Sunset Strip debut at the Roxy Theater—a week which culminated in an exclusive studio photo session that yielded one of the most iconic portraits of that era.

Dandy in the Underworld

Private View and exclusive live music performance by Adam Ant in aid of DEBRA Tuesday March 6th 2012 Attendance by donation only. Exhibition runs March 7th – April 29th 2012 Proud Gallery Camden

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Iggy Pop Action Figure

Just when you thought that nothing could possibly top the recent Raw Power projects, along comes this equally über Iggy Pop action figure. The iconic pose is based on a photograph I took of Iggy during the opening night of the band’s London Hammersmith shows in 2010. The meticulous fine detailing was then achieved by analyzing over 100 additional photos of the UK shows to ensure authentic rock action exactitude from the pout of the snout all the way down to the inseams of the jeans. Due to this abnormally high degree of anatomical accuracy, admittance is restricted to ages 14 and up.
Warning: Choking Hazard!

Check it out HERE.

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Jenny Risher

I’ve always prescribed to the theory that I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member—with one exception: Jenny Risher’s labor of love, Detroit Icons: Born In Detroit. Jenny came to Hollywood in May to photograph me and some guy that went to high school with Axel Foley. Of course, I’d never embrace the idea of being an icon, but I indeed was born in Detroit; lived the first 18 years of my life at Warren and Southfield; attended Cody High School; and bussed to the Grande and Tartar Field. If you grew there, then you knew. Jenny knows.

Visit the Detroit Icon Facebook page HERE.

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After almost a decade being sidetracked with other projects, first by beating a dead horse, then a a dark horse, it’s time that I pull something together and create a proper home for my own work. I've commenced by sharing some of my favorite fotos, many have been widely published, a few have graced album packages and others are previously unpublished. Starting with unseen gems, Stones '72, Bowie '74 and the Clash '77 as well as Iggy & the Stooges from their 2010 London gigs. Maybe we’ll find room for some editorializing as well, or at least an amusing anecdote every now and then. I expect it all to culminate with the publication of an upcoming tome of my own, The Perfect View.
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Now available, the perennial favorite, Blues Images Calendar Volume 10 for 2013 featuring Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Memphis Minnie, Buddie Boy Hawkins & more. Check out for the largest collection of its kind.

Then check out the new Document Records reissues from Third Man Records, get Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks on vinyl, where they belong!

Blues Images Calendar Volume 9 from
Robert Matheu - Photographer Extraordinaire Collections
Curriculum Vitae
Robert Matheu
Alice Cooper J. Geils Dan Auerbach Gibby Haynes and Johnny Depp George Harrison David Bowie Jim Morrison MC5 Madonna Johnny Ramone Clem Burke Jeff Beck Dave Mustaine Patti Smith Neil Young Tom Petty and Bob Dylan The Dead Weather Ron Wood & Rod Stewart The Rolling Stones Iggy & the Stooges Stevie Ray Vaughan Martin Chambers Brian Ferry Billy Idol Billy Idol The Runaways - Joan Jett Red Hot Chili Peppers Brian Wilson Cheap Trick Chrissy Hynde Iggy Pop Iggy Pop Shriekback Ray Davies Lords of the New Church Beastie Boys Les Paul DEVO Dave Mustaine Carlene Carter Johnny Cash Wayne Kramer Stevie Ray Vaughan Hunt Tony Sales Clem Burke Henry Rollins The Stooges, 1973 Iggy, Eastown Iggy Pop, Cobo, 1977 SRB Rock Action, 2nd Chance, 1978 Iggy Pop, Ford Auditorium, March 27, 1973 Iggy, Ford Auditorium, 1973 Iggy, Ann Arbor Iggy, Ford Auditorium MC5, Ramones & Stooges Iggy Pop, 1979 Iggy Pop, 1981 Scott, Iggy, Ron - Second Chance, 1981 Iggy, SRB - New Miami, 1979 Iggy Pop Iggy, 1988 Ron Asheton, 1977 Ron Asheton, 1978 Ron Asheton, 1978 Ron Asheton, Ford Auditorium, 1978 Duff McKagan, Iggy Pop, Matt Sorum, Slash Iggy & TVs, 1983 Scott Asheton, Massey Hall, Toronto, August 6, 2008 Iggy Pop & Don Was, Viper Room, 1999 Iggy, Viper Room Iggy Pop, 'Loose' @ Coachella, April 27, 2003 Iggy Pop & James Williamson, All Tomorrow's Parties, May 7, 2010 James Williamson, All Tomorrow's Parties, May 7, 2010 Iggy Pop, 1990 Steve Jones & Iggy Pop Iggy Pop James Williamson & Leopard Lady Les Paul Ron Asheton, Massey Hall, Toronto, August 6, 2008 Mike Watt & Scott Asheton performing Raw Power, All Tomorrow's Parties, Minehead, UK, May 7, 2010 Iggy Pop & The Stooges performing the entire 'Funhouse' album, Hammersmith Apollo, August 30, 2005 Iggy Pop, Hammersmith, May 2, 2010 Iggy Pop, All Tomorrow's Parties, Minehead, UK, May 7, 2010