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

Our house is a very very very fine house

Along with weddings and the birth of babies, one of the biggest milestones in life is moving into a new home.  It’s where we live.  It’s where we sleep.  It’s where we entertain friends.  It’s where we keep our stuff.  It’s a very big deal.  Stressful, but exciting.

moving-into-new-home-packing-tipsIt can be agonizing to leave a home where so many memories were made.  My younger daughter was so in love with the home where she grew up in Norcross, Georgia, that she had the street address tattooed across the top of her foot.  Moving out of that house was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.

But time marches on, and new chapters are waiting to be written.  This weekend, that same daughter is moving into her first post-college apartment, making that all-important step of real independence.

How to mark the occasion?  Hmmm…  An appropriate housewarming gift, I think, is a carefully selected mix of great songs about hearth and home.  Hack’s Back Pages has taken the liberty of compiling just such a mix of 15 songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and a couple from the ’90s, with a little history on each track, just for fun.

Feel free to pass it along to anyone who’s about to establish a new beachhead somewhere.  Home Sweet Home! Read More