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IMG404A campaign is underway to publish a precious collection of photographic images from one of the most evocative and fertile chapters in Liverpool’s musical history. REVEALED is a book of photographs of bands and their audiences taken in and Liverpool’s legendary music venues between 1977-82. Francesco Mellina’s book of beautiful black and white photographs is on kickstarter.com with the aim of finally getting this collection into print.

As manager of emerging new wave band Dead or Alive, Francesco was immersed in Liverpool’s music scene, and was an invariably on hand to capture the birth of fledgling artists and future luminaries including Ian McCulloch, Julian Cope, Jayne Casey and Pete Burns.

At the time his photographs were used in local fanzines or for publicity as well as by the national music press including NME and The Face. They were shot on 36mm black and white film and were stored away until Francesco’s work was featured in a major exhibition, entitled Sound and Vision: Music and Fashion, at Liverpool’s Conservation Centre in 2009. The hugely successful show attracted a record number of visitors. Local book designer Mike March was commissioned to design a catalogue for the exhibition but, alas, the collection was never published.

Now Francesco and Mike are collaborating on a venture to publish the collection at last.

“Interestingly,” explains Mike, “as time goes by interest in the images and their subjects is growing rather than diminishing. I think the extraordinary importance and richness of that era is now more widely appreciated and demand for the book is therefore potentially stronger than ever.”

The book includes an introduction by Paul Du Noyer, and the artwork is ready to go…

REVEALED will be retailing at £17.50 but you can order it for £15.00 and your name printed in the book if you pre-order on kickstarter plus loads of other cool rewards for backers including beautifully produced iconic shots of performers signed by Francesco.

“Our funding deadline is September 10” says Francesco, “so we are keen to get as many commitments as possible in the next week.”

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