MIAMI (CBSMiami) – CBS4 special contributor Trend Tracker® Tara Gilani caught up with famed music-icon photographer Lynn Goldsmith for a special rock and roll edition of “Women To Watch.”
Lynn Goldsmith has been photographing rock and pop icons for five decades including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and hundreds more.
Lynn’s photos are not quickie paparrazo snaps–she gets up close and personal. “Rock and Roll Stories” is a show-and-tell book. It shows – and tells – just how close Lynn got.
She took her first picture 50 years ago in Miami Beach.
“When the Beatles arrived at the Deauville on February 13 1964, I had just turned 16 on February 11,” said Lynn. “I was actually interested in photographing the carpet but when I saw the feet of the Beatles, when I saw those Beatles boots, I took a picture. To this day when I’m asked about my favorite photograph, it’s that one.”
But the story doesn’t end there. “John Lennon grabs my arm and says, ‘Don’t you want our faces?’ I pulled my whole arm away. Because I was a Rolling Stones fan. In those days, you chose between the two.”
Whether in the recording studio, on the tour bus, or backstage, Lynn Goldsmith was there to take pictures of all the action.
The book is about rock stars, but mostly, it’s about crucial life experiences.
“There’s 40 years of rock and roll history in the book plus life lessons I learned from the experiences I had,” said Lynn.
Tara discovered during her interview that Lynn is not easily intimidated, except maybe one time.
“It was with Bob Dylan,” said Lynn. “Because he was the only individual I ever photographed that I walked into the situation not necessarily feeling like I was going to be in control.”
Lynn’s goal? To inspire and motivate.
“My goals when I make images and when I write, is to get other people to think that they have the opportunity to fulfill their own potential,” said Goldsmith. “Whether it’s Bob Marley or Bob Dylan, what I have to share about them is a kind of humanity, that we all have.”
Lynn’s secret to success? Focus and movement.
“Get up and move. Moving is a way of shifting your thinking,” she said.
Moving is how Lynn stays looking so young. She looks 36 but she’s 66 years young. Her number one tip? Never stop moving to the music.
Lynn jumped up and piped up: “Actually, now that you have me thinking…just dance. Dance, dance, dance!”