Six decades of rock stars

Bill Bentley, a music industry expert who has spent 45 years in the industry, is the curator and author behind the book "Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen," a collection that chronicles over six decades of rock ‘n’ roll’s greats through mostly never-before-seen photos. "The great artists that I've known and a lot of the artists in this book, they have an inner drive to be somebody and they know that their music is saying something," Bill Bentley told Salon's Amanda Marcotte on "Salon Talks."

The collection includes rare shots of Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Metallica and more. "Most of the great artists onstage are completely different than they are off stage," Bentley said. "You can't be what you are on stage all the time off stage; it'll kill you."

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