Andrew Shaylor’s Rockabilly Photos

British photographer, Andrew Shaylor likes to run with a rough crowd. Past projects documented Hells Angels and street dogs of Mumbai, but he’s recently turned his camera on an equally rebellious, if less scruffy scene — Rockabilly.

Rockabilly music and culture was born in 1950s America, where southern whites fused country with rhythm and blues to create a twangy, down-home rock ‘n’ roll style that produced legends like Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, as well as lesser-known talents like Wanda Jackson. The music, culture, and clothing of Rockabilly lost their luster with the arrival of the Beatles (former Rockabillies themselves) but was resurrected in the 1970s by teenagers in the U.K. and the United States, and hasn’t really gone anywhere since.

Here Shaylor takes a look at current Rockabilly incarnations, including dancing, hotrods, and hairstyles, to produce an important look at a culture that maintains its vitality even as it looks to the past. Shaylor’s examination of Rockabilly culture is preserved in a new book, Rockin’: The Rockabilly Scene, which is being celebrated with an exhibit at  London’s National Gallery, running from April 11 to May 14, 2011.

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