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Daniel Johns features with some of Australasia's most respected names in music in a new international coffee-table book.

New York photographer Andrew Zuckerman's latest project, a book of portraits titled Music, includes Daniel, Jimmy Barnes, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn and Neil Finn among 52 portraits of some of the world's top musicians.

Zuckerman flew out to Australia and New Zealand to shoot sessions with local artists, who feature alongside big name internationals including Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Eve, Chrissie Hynde and Lenny Kravitz.

The book follows Zuckerman's 2008 tome, Wisdom, which, like Music, was published with the help of South African archbishop Desmond Tutu to bring messages of inspiration from well-known figures, to the world.

As well as displaying raw and emotive portraits, Zuckerman includes individual stories in the artists' own words about their lives and careers.

"Looking at the topography of someone's face, so much information is in there." Zuckerman tells Insider. "You can glean so much from their essential character."

Silverchair's Daniel Johns says: "Music is just organised noise. Its emotional resonance comes out of passion." Although Zuckerman says getting all the artists involved was hard work, he hopes to bring out a follow up edition.

"It's hard to convince people who are generally used to a very focused reason for doing press to just get out there and do someone else's essentially art project." he says.

Music, by Andrew Zuckerman ($70, Hachette Australia), is out now. A bonus DVD is included with every book.