The oldest photograph of the band Nickelback is one of the few surviving images of them.
According to the National Archives, the image was taken by singer Nick Cave on April 25, 1969, in an effort to promote his band’s new album, All Apologies.
Cave later told NPR that he took the photo to commemorate the death of his sister, whom he married shortly after the image’s creation.
“The reason it’s so iconic is that it’s the oldest photograph in the world of us and the first picture of us,” Cave said.
“I took it because my brother and I had a really strong love of Nickelbacks music, and it was just so sad to see him gone, but also to see all of his friends and the people that he had in his life.”
Cave told NPR in 2017 that he thought the image would eventually go to the museum because it’s “an iconic photograph.”
But the National Museum of American History declined to allow Cave to display the image, saying the photo “was never in the collection” and he was “unable to make arrangements.”
Cape told NPR earlier this year that he decided to keep the image because it was so “fascinating” and “flamboyant.”
“I had to keep it because it could be used in a couple of different ways, but it’s not an object that would ever go to a museum,” he said.
The oldest photograph to be published in the National Gallery of Art is the one of John Steinbeck’s portrait of him, published in The New Yorker in 1952.
The photograph was made for a book of his poems that Steinbeck would later publish, which was called Steinbeck and His Poems.
But the portrait is still considered one of Steinbecks most iconic images.
Cue the band’s tribute to the subject.
In a press release, Nickelback said they were “shocked and saddened” to learn that the photograph was no longer available for display.
“We were saddened to learn of the loss of this iconic image, which has served as a source of inspiration and inspiration for Nickelback fans for more than 40 years,” the statement said.
“This iconic photograph has been used to educate children and adults alike and was cherished by the band members for many years.”