Stone Roses gig photo fury

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A TOP resort photographer famed for his iconic rock star shots is embroiled in a row with one of Britain’s biggest bands.

Ian Tilton, from Anchorsholme, has charted the rise of The Stone Roses through his photographs – but when the band play the first of three sell-out gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park tonight, Mr Tilton will not be in the photo pit.

The 48-year-old, who ran popular music night the Vinyl Drip Club at Blackpool’s JR’s nightclub in the 80s, is boycotting the gigs amid a bitter row about the contract given to photographers.

Mr Tilton, who was planning to shoot the gig freelance for website Louder than War, said: “The contract said we could use our photographs in the publication we were commissioned by, and then The Stone Roses will pay £1 to each photographer to buy all the rights.

“It’s the most ruthless, disrespectful contract I’ve ever had, it takes it to the extreme – sometimes bands issue contracts where they don’t want photos using on merchandise and that’s fair enough, but to ask us to sign away our rights is very disrespectful.

“On Monday the band issued a replacement contract, but photographers thought this one unacceptable too and agreed a boycott.”

Mr Tilton, who is currently running an exhibition of his Stone Roses photography at Manchester Photographic Gallery, is being backed by the National Union of Journalists and said hundreds of photographers were boycotting the gig.

But Murray Chalmers, the band’s press agent, said: “There is no row.

“We have a full list of 30 photographers who will be attending the shows to photograph the band.”