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Sonic Editions

Musical history can be expensive -- the lyrics to "Candle in the Wind" cost the winning bidder hundreds of thousands, while the revised lyrics to "Candle in the Wind" cost Marilyn Monroe a really nice tribute to her existence. Making music history accessible to the masses: Sonic Editions prints.

Sonic was started by a publishing exec and his record industry pal, who tapped their dizzying array of photography contacts to create a vast archive of classic images, the choicest selling online "for the price of a gig ticket"; available in small/med/large Lambda prints on archive paper, with b or w gallery-standard framing, most snaps come in individually numbered editions of 495, complete with a certificate and backstory, like the characters in Lost, except that stewardess who got Jack wasted on the flight and's now a hippie or something. Collections include 40s Jazz, Motown, Hip-Hop, Rock, Punk, and Metal, highlighted by numbers like Zeppelin hanging out at LA's Rodney's English Disco, groupies in tow ("Lori Lighting was 15 at the time, she arrived with Bonham, and left with Page"); Snoop being escorted in cuffs to his '95 drug possession trial; and Pete Townsend at Keith Moon's 20th b'day gig, slinging his Fender skyward like somebody who totally misunderstood air guitar.

Sonic's also encouraged big-name music outfits to scour the archives for faves: NME picks include The Beatles in Austria, taking a break from Help with a ski-slope snowball fight; Rough Trade goes with "Bloodied Iggy Pop backstage", headlocked by Nazi-uniformed Ron Asheton after slashing his own chest w/ a knife; and Uncut's got Jim Morrison curled up onstage, probably under the influence of something else uncut.

For the hardcore, there's a bespoke service, where you get to choose your print/frame size, and even have Sonic search the archives for stuff you like: just designate the artist/band, and they'll do their all to find snaps for you, fully satisfying your Seven Year Itch.