Some reviews of the book and the exhibition,
Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History,
1955 to the Present.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009:

“I love this book, and not merely for the uniformly excellent and often unexpected photographs Ms. Buckland has chosen to illustrate this love letter to rock’s finest photographers (and performers). I love it, too, for Ms. Buckland’s witty, moving and sometimes acerbic prose. . . Whatever Gail Buckland writes, I want to read.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times. Selected as one of the best gift books of the year.

“The curator Gail Buckland has put together a big, vivid survey of the photographers who documented the rock scene that is as intelligent as it is entertaining... It’s her eye for great photographs that makes this much more than a stroll through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame….” —The New Yorker

“The care with which Buckland selects representative photographers and their most significant images is matched by her interpretive prowess…Buckland carefully but deliberately argues that the art of rock photography has been sacrificed to the paparazzi and the corporate art departments. In light of this inclusive, heady and visceral collection of the genre’s best, it would be hard to argue otherwise.”—Publishers Weekly

“…The exhibition [Who Shot Rock and Roll] reminds us that in addition to the words, the music and their perpetrators, the popularity of rock ’n’ roll (be it punk, No Wave or hip-hop) owes something to photography. Just how much it owes should be indicated by this exhibition of nearly 200 images by more than 100 photographers, organized with Gail Buckland, a photography curator and historian. The show is not encyclopedic, but it suggests what encyclopedic would be…This exhibition maps out a rich terrain in which photographers, rock photographers, photojournalists and artists overlap…Zeroing in on the individual photographers and their work, lives and rock-world views, she illuminates a complex history as well as a collaboration of music and image fraught with all kinds of interesting issues about that wild thing called pop culture.” —Roberta Smith, The New York Times

“Rock ’n’ roll isn't just a sound. It's a look. What stars wear, how they hold their bodies, what they project with their eyes, creates a style with as much movement and meaning as the music itself. A great rock ’n’ roll photograph freezes that for all time. Yet seldom do such shots get the display they deserve. A bracing corrective will arrive on Oct. 29, when the Brooklyn Museum opens its show “Who Shot Rock ’n’ Roll,” one of the largest, most serious—and also most fun—displays of rock photography ever presented.” —Jim Farber, The Daily News

“…Buckland presents a very appealing collection of photography associated with rock and, doing so, spotlights the photographers who did so much, however inadvertently, to transform a genre of pop music that might originally have been a mode of adolescent rebellion into a marketing tool and a lifestyle model…When it comes to rounding up performers who made memorable music and looked good doing it, it’s hard to argue with Buckland’s selection… An impressive picture book.”—Mike Tribby, Booklist

“…Blessedly, she [Buckland] makes no attempt to inflate celebrity portraiture into High Art… the line-up of photographers is anything but the usual suspects. Yes, we find Jim Marshall, Lynn Goldsmith and David Gahr but also Dennis Hopper, Andreas Gursky, Ari Marcopolous and others not solidly embedded in rock culture.”—Richard B. Woodward, The Wall Street Journal, selected as one of the best gift books of the year.

“This collection of photographs captures the magic of music and musicians. Here they are in all their glory and excess. These mostly black and white shots preserve flashes of charisma, excess, mystique, sensuality and doom. Here's Jimi Hendrix in full trance. Belligerent Johnny Cash salutes his audience. Bjork wears nothing but well-placed leaves.”—Vick Mickunas, The Miami Herald

“… Who Shot Rock & Roll will leave you breathless…What makes these photos so phenomenal is how they capture the energy of a singular moment…and the fashions and aesthetic norms of various eras...how they provide a solid sense of time and place…It’s the type of book you’ll want to keep forever, as dear as your very own family photo album.”—Sicka than Average website, November 9, 2009

“From The Clash’s Paul Simonon slamming his guitar onto a New York stage to Bob Dylan smoking a cigarette in his limo while a throng of screaming fans pound on the window, some of the most memorable moments in rock ‘n’ roll aren’t the ones you can play on your iPod.”—Rebecca Davis, Nylon magazine

“…Though in essence a book of photography, Buckland's work is well written, well researched and well noted. There is no skimping of deeper meanings… Hours upon hours can be spent staring back at the images on these pages. Some are haunting; others are hypnotic. Syd Barrett? Debbie Harry? Wilson Pickett? Ike Turner? The Yardbirds? The B-52s? It can be impossible to put down. In fact, it is.”—Phillip Tutor, The Anniston Star