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Concert and Live Music Photography by J. Dennis Thomas

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BACKSTAGE AND OFFSTAGE

 

 

 

Let me preface this by saying that live music photographers are seldom invited backstage to the green room or on the tour bus; this is where the performers go to prepare for their gig or to unwind afterwards. The last thing that most performers want is to be pestered by a photographer.

In the heyday of rock and roll in the 1960s and 70s it wasn’t uncommon for music photographers to be welcome backstage and to document the festivities and even the sometimes mundane moments of life on the road. Photographers such as Bob Gruen, Jim Marshall, Annie Liebovitz, Robert Altman, and my personal favorite (although not quite ...

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