All I’ve got is a photograph

When I first started attending rock concerts in my teens around 1970, I sometimes took my little Instamatic point-and-shoot along, hoping I might get a photo of the band in action.  Fat chance.  What I got were snapshots of the guy’s head in the row in front of me.

Even after I invested in a decent SLR camera a few years later, I still couldn’t get the kind of results I was hoping for — capturing the band close up, like in the photos Rolling Stone and other magazines published — because I was usually still too far from the stage to get a decent shot.  I looked with great envy at the pros with their press credentials that gave them access to the lip of the stage, or even backstage.

As a profession, rock concert photography, like almost every other facet of the rock music scene, got its start with the emergence of The Beatles, The Stones, and the San Francisco bands of the late ’60s.  Posters and other memorabilia sold well, and some photographers started specializing in shooting concerts, making a fairly good living at it. Read More

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