In 2010, the world learned that LCD Soundsystem would be breaking up, making This Is Happening their last album together. They went out with a bang, performing a final show at Madison Square Garden in NYC (that was live-streamed and used fan submissions of cloud photos for the backdrop), released a documentary titled SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, and now, their photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya is releasing a book with intimate photos of them throughout the years.
The book, simply titled LCD, spans seven years of images from events like Coachella to "The Manshun," also known as Rick Rubin's Hollywood recording studio. It also features album art, single art, and posters he shot for them. As you'll notice from the following photos, they're hardly set-up, making most of them appear candid and indicative of the true friendship between them. While some of the images have been published in Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker, most have never been seen before.
For those who will be in Miami during Art Basel this week, you can stop by the Hotel Victor on Saturday, December 8, where there will be an LCD Soundsystem store. There, you can get the book before the official launch and even get a little keepsake for free.
We asked Ruvan to pick 15 of his favorite photos and explain what was happening in them and why they mean a lot to him. More often than not, the image tells a story of unity and collaboration unique to this band. Thankfully, he documented it in such a beautiful way, that the impact of LCD Soundsystem won't be so easily forgotten. Buy the book, out December 11, 2012 and published by PowerHouse Books, here.
Exclusive: The LCD Soundsystem Book Explained by Photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya