Deluxe Muhammad Ali Bundle, by Michael Brennan
This new, deluxe offering from Iconic Images and Michael Brennan includes a copy of the book “THEY MUST FALL, Muhammad Ali and the Men He Fought” with signed bookplate and a 10×8 print of boxing icon Muhammad Ali, SIGNED by photographer Michael Brennan.
ONLY 50 COPIES OF THIS DELUXE SET AVAILABLE
THEY MUST FALL : Muhammad Ali and the Men He Fought
“They Must Fall: Muhammad Ali and the Men He Fought” features powerful and often moving images and stories of Muhammad Ali and the men he fought in the ring, by award-winning photographer Michael Brennan.
“Around 1978, I had been in Houston, Texas photographing former Ali opponent George Foreman who had then reinvented himself as a roadside preacher. On the plane back to NYC, I thought, ‘If that’s what George is doing, I wonder what the rest of his opponents are up to?’ I set out to track down as many of the old guys as I could find.”
Brennan spent decades locating Ali’s former opponents to discover what had become of them. Alongside the photos and stories of fighters such as George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Buster Mathis, Leon Spinks and ‘Sweet Jimmy’ Robinson, this unique book is also a look through Brennan’s remarkable Ali archive, including time spent with great fighter at the Deer Lake training camp, press conferences and in the ring. “Ali used to joke that he gave me access I could never expect from Barbra Streisand or Frank Sinatra” remembers Brennan. The book contains numerous never-before-seen photos plus poignant stories illuminating the images and contextualising Ali’s powerful role in the world of sport. Includes a special introductory essay by the late, great Jimmy Breslin.
This special deluxe edition – limited to only 50 copies – includes a signed print of Muhammad Ali by Michael Brennan. The photograph Brennan chose for this edition is an outtake from his iconic “Ali 1977” portrait which graces the cover of the book and is included in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London and The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
“Michael Brennan’s iconic 1977 portrait photograph of Muhammad Ali captures something far bigger and deeper than just the beautiful face of a beautiful man. It is a detailed map of the personal journey of one whose incomparable talents and audacity caused literati to swoon, taught a generation to question authority, and ultimately altered the path of a society which had never before seen a man exactly like him. To look at him the way he was then is to remember, with joy and sorrow, who we all once were.” – Jim Lampley, Boxing commentator, HBO Sports