‘Portraits of Lemmy’ – A Tribute to MOTÖRHEAD’s Iconic Frontman
“Portraits Of Lemmy,” the latest release in the “Portraits” series by Rufus Publications, pays homage to the legendary Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the driving force behind MOTÖRHEAD, with a captivating collection of photographs. This coffee table photobook showcases Lemmy‘s career from the early 1970s to his passing in 2015, featuring classic, rare, and previously unseen images captured by renowned rock photographers such as Ross Halfin, Fin Costello, Chris Walter, Michael Putland, Mick Hutson, PG Brunelli, and more.
Lemmy, celebrated for creating the iconic band MOTÖRHEAD, left an indelible mark on the world of heavy metal and hard rock with his distinctive style. Music journalist Dave Ling provides a comprehensive essay that spans Lemmy‘s career, drawing from numerous encounters with the rock legend. Lemmy, who collaborated with some of rock’s biggest names, appeared in films, TV shows, video games, and was the subject of a rockumentary in 2010, remains a revered figure in the genre.
The iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman once described his unique playing style as, “I play a lot of notes, but I also play a lot of chords. And I play a lot of open strings. I just don’t play like a bass player. There are complaints about me from time to time. It’s not like having a bass player; it’s like having a deep guitarist.”
“Portraits Of Lemmy” is a tribute to one of rock’s most compelling and iconic figures.
This 240-page book, measuring 230mm square, features case-bound binding and is printed on luxurious 170gsm matt-coated paper. The book includes a foldout poster and is presented in a black slipcase with a gold foil logo. The main edition is limited to 666 numbered copies, priced at £55 plus shipping.
In addition, an ultra-limited leather-and-metal edition measuring 375mm square, presented in recycled leather with a hand-welded aluminum metal slipcase and screen-printed logo, will be available in just 50 numbered copies, priced at £500.
Both editions will be available for pre-sale on Friday, October 6 at 3 p.m. UK time.
Lemmy passed away on December 28, 2015, at the age of 70, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. In 2015, MOTÖRHEAD had to cancel several shows due to Lemmy‘s declining health, though they managed to complete their European tour shortly before his passing.
In June 2020, it was announced that a biopic titled “Lemmy” would be made about his life. The film will be directed by Greg Olliver, who previously directed the 2010 documentary “Lemmy.”
Lemmy‘s ashes are permanently housed in a custom-made urn on display at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood, California.