Velvet Revolver was born at a time when there just wasn’t much rock n’ roll happening out in the world. To the point, that it was even being bandied about here and there, that “rock n roll is dead!”. We thought otherwise.” Duff McKagan

Down the long and convoluted road of rock history, the term ‘supergroup’ has been used to describe collaborations put together by musicians already renowned for having established themselves with other popular bands. Many of these projects tend to be short lived and rarely capture the collective or individual greatness that these musicians achieved in prior bands. However, every so often, one of these so-called ‘supergroups’ actually delivers on the theoretical sum of its parts and writes, records, and performs music that stands up on its own merits and strengths and cements its place in the hearts and minds of rock fans across the world. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, one such band was Velvet Revolver. 

Having utterly dominated the early and mid 1990’s in Guns N Roses – one of the only truly bonafide bands to ever adopt the slogan of ‘biggest band in the world’ – founding members Slash and Duff McKagen found themselves somewhat adrift by the early 2000’s, both having long left behind the machine of Guns N Roses. Under fairly similar circumstances, another 1990’s Rock giant – Stone Temple Pilots – had publicly imploded as a result of their own internal politics. Despite all the drama and the cultural zeitgeist of the time not particularly calling out for such a group, Velvet Revolver formed, and perhaps in spite of such adversity delivered their stunning debut album ‘Contraband’ on June 8th 2004. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over two million copies in the United States alone – a truly remarkable achievement by anyone’s standards and serves as a reminder of the undeniable quality of the songs and performances that make up the track listing. A second album ‘Libertad’ followed three years later after countless concerts around the globe, and even if it didn’t quite live up to the quality of its predecessor (frankly, few records could) – it still landed at number 5 on the Billboard top 200 and would be certified Gold in Canada and New Zealand. 

History would ultimately repeat itself and the same forces that led to the bands inception would reappear to derail Velvet Revolver once and for all in 2008 – however photographer Ross Halfin was there every step of the way to capture the band in the good times and the bad, and this photo book represents the total journey of Velvet Revolver and serves as a timely reminder that sometimes, rare as it might be, ‘supergroups’ can be genuinely super. The new coffee table book from Rufus celebrates the short lived brilliance of Velvet Revolver in a single limited edition book of just 500 numbered copies worldwide with an introduction by Duff McKagan. Coming in at 340 high quality art pages, with a printed, foiled and embossed cover, a unique Carbon X slipcase plus a Ross Halfin signed print and poster this book is a unique visual documentary of the band.

The book is available to order from The book will ship at the end of November 2023.

“It’s time to meet the group who the moral majority would most like to murder and the only group I can remember who’ve had a record banned by their own label… this is WASP!” Andy Kershaw.

Having sold over 12 million albums worldwide, WASP were one of the pre-eminent major label American Heavy Metal bands of the 1980’s. Formed in 1982 in Los Angeles California, the band built a large and dedicated global following with their eponymous debut album and subsequent releases including The Last Command, Into The Electric Circus, The Headless Children and more.
Managed by Legendary Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, the band played some of the seminal concerts of the era including multiple visits to the renowned Donington Monsters of Rock festival in England in 1987 and 1992 and also toured the globe with other seminal acts such as Kiss, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Dokken and many more.
WASP by Ross Halfin starts at the very beginning in Hollywood CA where Ross shot the band for the first time at The Troubadour – the famous club on Santa Monica Blvd which launched the careers of many artists including Motley Crüe, Guns N Roses and Elton John to name just a few. Ross would work with the band right the way through this period from the small clubs to headlining venues such as Long Beach Arena and Hammersmith Odeon.
This book offers a unique insight into the classic period of WASP with an array of Ross’ fantastic dramatic live photos, coupled with candid offstage reportage capturing the humour and spirit of the characters behind the instruments, as well as studio sessions that would become iconic and defining for the band.
In addition to the photography, former WASP guitarist and co-songwriter Chris Holmes provides anecdotes and memories throughout the book, sharing insights and stories for the very first time that provide a truly exceptional commentary that is an absolute must for all fans of the band.
There are also forewords from the band’s original manager Rod Smallwood and Photographer Ross Halfin sharing their own perspectives and experiences with one of America’s most notorious and influential Metal bands of that era.

This 300 page plus coffee table book features a 3D lenticular cover, is bound in red recycled leather and presented in a protective slipcase. Only 300 numbered copies are available worldwide and each copy is personally signed by guitarist and songwriter Chris Holmes. The book costs £275 plus shipping worldwide.
Pre-orders start Today September 2nd, 3pm UK time and the book will ship at the end of November 2022. Here
A 10% pre-order discount can be claimed with the code WASP2022 at the checkout.


Rufus Publications and Ross Halfin are proud to present a huge, new, limited edition book ‘The Black Crowes’ featuring thousands of unseen images from Ross’s extensive library.

Produced alongside Chris and Rich Robinson the book is a huge photographic essay on the band, formed in Marietta Georgia in 1984. The book features introductions from both brothers and as Chris Robinson says in his introduction, “To say that The Black Crowes & Mr. Halfin have a long history together is most definitely an understatement. Here in these photographs you will see & feel.”

As Ross remembers. “Could I tell you stories about this band? I could probably tell you a hundred, and one of the highlights was seeing them opening for The Rolling Stones at Wembley Stadium and whilst doing an hour’s set they did a 25-minute version of ‘Thorn in My Pride’. In hindsight, perhaps not the best idea to warm up 90,000 people, although I did think it would be funny if they put it out as a single and called it the “Radio edit” – but that’s not really the point to this, it’s something I remembered which made me laugh, then again I saw them at The Forum in London when they did a really succinct and great rendition of the Joe Tex song Hush made famous by Deep Purple”.


Two editions of the book will be available:

A huge 600 page plus edition, numbered and signed by Chris and Rich Robinson complete with a luxury slipcase and lenticular print and a stripped down 300 page version, unsigned.

Both books measure 245mm x 345mm. The Deluxe version will cost £300 and the Standard Edition will cost £89 plus delivery worldwide.

The book will go on pre-sale at 3pm UK time on Friday October 29th and will ship in March 2022.

When Randy Rhoads joined the Ozzy Osbourne band at the end of 1979 he not only helped to transform the career of the ex-Black Sabbath front man, he also helped to redefine the metal scene of the 1980’s and has been a prominent influence for hundreds of guitarists ever since and well after his tragic death at the age of just 25 in 1982.

Randy Rhoads by Ross Halfin celebrates his time with Randy and Ozzy Osbourne both on stage and off with hundreds of beautiful, largely unseen images from those early years. Measuring 240mm by 340mm this 280 page coffee table book contains hundred of beautiful images and features an exclusive introduction by Ozzy Osbourne and an epilogue by Rhoads fan, guitarist Tom Morello.

Randy Rhoads by Ross Halfin

The book will be available in three editions:

The standard book: 
240mm by 340mm, 280 page hard back book with printed cover and cloth slipcase £99.00

The Deluxe Signed Leather Edition
240mm by 340mm, 280 page hard back book with blue leather cover, lenticular and white leather slipcase. Numbered 1 to 500
Personally signed by Ozzy Osbourne and Ross Halfin £299.00

The Super Deluxe Edition
297mm by 420mm this 280 page hard back book with blue leather cover, lenticular comes in a special blue slipcase and outer presentation box with three numbered giclee prints. Numbered 1 to 150
Personally signed by Ozzy Osbourne and Ross Halfin £666.00 each. This edition is physically larger than the previous two editions.


The pre-sale starts on Wednesday May 12th at 3pm and the book will ship at the end of August 2021.