Thursday, December 17, 2015

Unseen Photos of Rock Concert Performances by Stars Such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Who... Taken by a Teenager in the 1970s

Forty years ago, cameras were not so ubiquitous, and most of concert performances in the 1970s by stars such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, The Who... were taken by professional photographers such as Gered Mankowitz, Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz and Christopher Sykes.

However, a vast collection of ten thousand live photos once thought lost has recently been re-discovered, and is being revealed, one image at a time, on social media photography app Instagram at account @FromMySeat.

According to Every record tells a story, these shots weren’t taken by a professional in the photo pit. Instead they were taken by a teenager: a high school photography student who hitch-hiked to gigs and sneaked down to the front of shows, using borrowed camera equipment which sometimes had to be smuggled into venues. He did this obsessively for three years, between 1973 and 1975. That we have such a huge treasure trove of images from a kid who didn’t even own a camera is truly remarkable. What’s more, for ten years the box of photos was forgotten, believed lost in a storage unit in California.

They have now been found, and are being restored and seen for the first time – and in some cases that includes being seen for the first time by the man who took them.

Steve Howe - YES, Long Beach Sports Arena, circa 1974

John Denver, Salt Lake City, circa 1976

Michael McDonald - The Doobie Brothers, Los Angeles, circa 1974

David Bowie - Diamond Dogs Tour, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Neil Diamond, Logan, Utah, 1976

Robert Plant - Led Zeppelin, Los Angeles, 1975

George Harrison - Dark Horse Tour, Los Angeles, 1974

Mick Jagger - The Rolling Stones, Los Angeles, 1975

Elton John, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Martin Barre - Jethro Tull, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Johnny Winter, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Roger Daltrey - The Who, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones - Led Zeppelin, Los Angeles, 1975

Keith Moon - The Who, Los Angeles, circa 1974

David Bowie, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Alice Cooper, Welcome To My Nightmare Tour, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath, Los Angeles, circa 1973

George Harrison - Dark Horse Tour, Los Angeles, 1974

Frank Zappa, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Joni Mitchell and Tom Scott, Universal Amphitheater, circa 1974

Stevie Wonder, Los Angeles, circa 1974

David Crosby, Graham Nash and Art Garfunkel, Anaheim, circa 1973

Elton John, San Diego, circa 1974

Patrick Simmons - The Doobie Brothers, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts - The Rolling Stones, Los Angeles, 1975

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan - The Rolling Thunder Revue Tour, Salt Lake City, circa 1976

Mike Love - The Beach Boys, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Al Jardine - The Beach Boys, Los Angeles, circa 1974

Ozzy Osbourne - Black Sabbath, Los Angeles, circa 1973

David Bowie, Los Angeles, circa 1974

(Photos © @FromMySeat, via Every record tells a story)

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