From The Inside: Linkin Park's Meteora

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"From The Inside: Linkin Park's Meteora"
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Coffee table book
N° of Pages 192
Published December 09, 2004
Publisher Bradson Press
Author Steve Baltin, Greg Watermann, David Fricke
Type Coffee table book
Language English

From The Inside: Linkin Park's Meteora is a coffee table book released by Linkin Park on December 9, 2004 through Bradson Press. It features over 200 unique photos taken by Greg Waterman and other photographers throughout the 2003-2004 Meteora touring cycle, documenting the band's experiences on and off the stage.[1] The majority of the photographs were taken on the U.S. leg of the tour, though some shots feature the band's international tour stops in Europe, Australia, Japan, and Southeast Asia. The book also features one-on-one interviews, quotes and anecdotes collected by Rolling Stone contributor Steve Baltin.[2] Captions were written by the band members themselves as explained by Mike Shinoda, "It's an intimate look at the band. You get to know us guys on a day-to-day basis. And the only way to do that was to have all six of us intimately involved with the creation of the book. We went through the book and made little notes and we share stories. It's something special for the fans, and we can look back in 10 or 20 years and say, 'This summed up that point in our career.'"[3] The book also features an introduction by Phoenix in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic.

Photographer Greg Waterman had previously joined Linkin Park for 2003's free fan club tour as well as the subsequent Summer Sanitarium tour.[2] He commented on his pictures, "I do all my live photography with a Nikon F3. Everyhting is shot on film - Fujichrome 400 (color) and T-Max 3200 (b&w), using various ASA's depending on the venue. No autofocus. No zoom lenses. And I never use a flash. Shooting Linkin Park live is like photographing a basketball game standing in the center of the court. There's so much energy on stage; they're constantly moving. And, it's happening in front of tens of thousands of people. The key is to be quick and accurate, and never get in the band's way. Having an "All Access" situation is the ONLY way to get the best shots at a concert, but I have to make sure I'm not a distraction from the show. I have to figure out how comfortable a band is with having me around, and then operate right at the edge of that zone. That's always where the best photos are...."[4] Brad Delson estimates that Waterman once took over 5,000 photographs of the band in just a few days. "He got some amazing photos. Greg is so good about being invisible. He was on stage taking shots and no one really realized he was there."[2]

To promote the book, Linkin Park did a small "book signing tour" in the US, with Linkin Park Underground members having priority at the signings. The dates were:[5]

  • 09.12.2004 San Francisco, CA, Best Buy @ Dublin Blvd.
  • 10.12.2004 Los Angeles, CA, Barnes & Noble @ The Grove Drive
  • 14.12.2004 New York City, NY, Borders Books & Music @ 100 Broadway


  • Foreword by Rolling Stone Senior Editor-David Fricke
  • Introduction by Phoenix
  • Text by Steve Baltin
  • Principal Photography by Greg Watermann
  • Additional photography by: James Minchin III, Lisa Johnson, Michal Cizek, Jeremy Lam, Rob McDermott, Anna Shinoda, Rob "hung" Lowe
  • Art Direction and Design by Frank Maddocks
  • Editor: Donn Delson
  • Editorial Coordinator: Rebecca Rubens