JUSTICE TONIGHT: The Photographs
In 2011 The Farm, Mick Jones from The Clash and Pete Wylie from the Mighty Wah! formed the Justice Tonight band, playing to a sold-out audience at a gig in the Liverpool Olympia to raise awareness for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and to commemorate the life of James McVey, a young Liverpool fan who was murdered in a street assault. Following the success of the gig the band went on the road, taking with them music that carried a simple message – ‘Justice’. Special guests such as The Manic Street Preachers, The Stone Roses, Paul Simonon (The Clash) Richard Hawley, Reverend and The Makers, Primal Scream, Hard-Fi, Glasvegas and Cast played alongside the Justice Tonight band, bringing about some of the most diverse musical collaborations and talked-about gigs of 2012. An unexpected turn later that year saw the Justice Tonight band joined by some the biggest names in pop music in the race for Christmas No1, after recording a cover of The Hollies’ classic He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother to raise funds for the Hillsborough families’ legal costs. The track beat the X-Factor single to the top of the charts, providing a fitting reminder of the ability of music to amplify a just cause.
JUSTICE TONIGHT: The Photographs documents the band’s incredible journey, with the photographs taken at a gig at the Scala in London and at the Strummer of Love festival. Peter Stevens’s work captures the energy, brotherhood and spirit of protest that made the Justice Tonight tour not just a series of individual shows, but a collective musical statement of hope, solidarity and justice.
Peter Stevens was born in Preston in 1964, the same month The Beatles landed in the United States for their first tour. He has been a lifelong Liverpool supporter since receiving his first football kit as a five year old. He has worked as a professional photographer for over twenty-three years. This is his first public exhibition.
He grew up in Lancashire, Cumbria and Chester before being tempted as a teenager by the music and bright lights of the capital in the summer of 1982. The Clash and many of the bands of that era were an enormous musical and political influence ,and London was the only place to go.
Whilst completing his BA Hons in Photography, Film and Television at Harrow College of Higher Education, he moved to Acton in West London and has remained there ever since, initially as a student, then as a full-time professional photographer, shooting for a very wide range of clients.
Over the years he has photographed some world famous musicians including Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Sir Paul McCartney and Kylie Minogue as well as many of the not quite so famous.
His first book ‘Carbon Casino at The Inn On The Green’ was a signed limited edition from a series of shows hosted by Mick Jones and Tony James in early 2008. Peter is currently working on a new photographic book with images and stories from ‘Strummer Of Love’.