Project Description

When teenager and amateur photographer Marc Canter set out to document his best friend Saul Hudson’s rise as a rock guitarist in 1982, he never imagined that he was actually documenting the genesis of the next great rock n’ roll band of the era.

His friend became the legendary guitarist Slash and Mr. Canter found himself front and center, witnessing the creation of Guns n’ Roses and the making of their legendary album, “Appetite for Destruction”. Mr. Canter, along with help from Jack Lue, photographed every gig the band played.

Marc is a family member of one of the most famous delis in the world, Canter’s Deli. Canter’s has been a landmark in Los Angeles since 1931 with lots of Rock n’ Roll history. Marc took photos from the first gigs and was an official photographer for Guns n’ Roses in 1985/86 where he documented their first fifty gigs. Marc helped support the band with fliers, ads, demos, equipment, food, and friendship. Marc’s photos appear in the album artwork of “Appetite for Destruction” and Guns n’ Roses “Live Era 87-93”, Marc has many photos in Slash’s book and Marc put out his own book in 2007- “Reckless Road” Guns n Roses and the making of Appetite for Destruction. Independent Publisher Award winner for “Pop Culture Book 2008”, Marc’s photos have also been on MTV, VH1, and in many magazines around the world, including Rolling Stone.”- from Reckless Road

“Marc’s my best friend; and one of the only good friends that is consistent in my life. There isn’t a better person to actually release any material having to do with coming together and history of Guns n’ Roses, where it went and what was going on behind the scenes.” – Slash

“When Guns n ‘Roses formed, Marc became like the sixth guy in the band. He believed in us from the beginning and had a much broader view of what the band was about than even we had. He documented the whole thing tirelessly.” – Duff McKagan

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