Saturday, August 17, 2013

More Rock and Roll

A few more shots from the archives. At top it's Bruce Springsteen at the Paramount Theater in Oakland on October 30th, 1975, about a week after his picture appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously. A very young-looking Miami Steve Van Zandt on the right and Clarence Clemons on the left.  Next is Bob Dylan from the Oakland Coliseum during his return tour with the Band. Not a very sharp photograph. I was shooting with a fixed 300 mm lens from some distance. Below Dylan is one of three frames I took of U2 during their show at The Warfield on Market Street in San Francisco on November 29th, 1981. It's the first and last time I saw them live. Never been a big fan for some reason. I am, however, a huge fan of the writer Dave Barry. He plays from time to time with a group of writers calling themselves The Rock Bottom Remainders whose members include Stephen King, Ridley Pearson (shown here with Dave), Amy Tan, Roy Blount Jr., Mitch Albom, and others I can't remember. They always feature a ringer, a "real" musician, and that night's guest was Roger McGuinn from the Byrds. The opening act was an unannounced Robin Williams who delivered a very blue and funny half hour set. This was at the venerable Fillmore in San Francisco. I snuck in the minuscule Pentax Optio S4 to grab a few very noisy shots. Rock Bottom Remainders, by the way, are books that didn't sell and have been relegated to the cut-out shelves in what used to be book stores at heavily-discounted prices.

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