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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Ed Roach Unearths Rock History

Rock Photographer Ed Roach Tells His Backstage Stories at His Renown Website

Backstage stories are part of classic rock lore, and Ed Roach, the photographer who kept his stories and photos under wraps for over twenty-five years, now feels at home revealing his stories at his own home page.

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) September 13, 2005 -- Ed Roach is no stranger to rock and roll. He worked as official photographer to some of rock’s biggest names: Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, and many others.

But Ed’s work, along with his stories of life on the road with these big-name acts, fell to the wayside after their heyday passed. Like so many other characters in the history of rock, Ed found new ground with the establishment of his online archives, “Roachclips Archives”, aptly named during the 1970s and newly revived during early 2002 with the unveiling of his website “roach-clips.com”.

Roach’s website has been a haven for media professionals at such outlets as the BBC, ABC, CBS, E! and z93.FM who wanted to acquire compelling photo and video material for documentaries, biographies, and more. Brian Wilson’s latest tour book features a few of Ed’s photos which Ed picked out of a box of slides he had stashed in a closet for twenty years. “It’s an honor that the Wilson family comes to me when they need something for a project. They know I’m there to donate whatever materials of mine I can to make that project special,” said Ed Roach, in a recent interview.

It was not long, however, before Roach’s site became a place for rock fans of all ages to converge and view many of the exclusive, behind-the-scenes photographs of their favorite groups. “Fans tell me my photos and my stories that accompany them are really meaningful to them,” said Roach. “They see a photo of mine of Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys out on a date with Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac and they want to know details! They tell me I should write a book. I have actually, and it’s mostly about my friendship and adventures with Dennis. Until I finish editing it, I can’t help but leak a few stories here and there at my website.” Fans from all over the world have come to Ed’s site to view the photos and hear his stories which he regales on a regular basis at his message board. No question seems to be off limit for Roach, who enjoys the chance to share a bit of rock history which had been kept under wraps – if not in the back of a closet- for decades.

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Ed Roach, Roach-clips Archives