JAM: Photographs by Jay Blakesberg

Overview

JAM is an exhilarating photographic journey thru the contemporary landscape of improvisational rock and roll. Starting with the forefathers of psychedelic rock The Grateful Dead, it features over 300 photos of artists, tracing the family tree to artists like Phish, The Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, and many others. Additionally, this journey illustrates the deep-rooted relationship of the jam world with the folk and bluegrass communities, including artists such as Gillian Welch, Del McCoury, and Emmylou ...
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Overview

JAM is an exhilarating photographic journey thru the contemporary landscape of improvisational rock and roll. Starting with the forefathers of psychedelic rock The Grateful Dead, it features over 300 photos of artists, tracing the family tree to artists like Phish, The Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, and many others. Additionally, this journey illustrates the deep-rooted relationship of the jam world with the folk and bluegrass communities, including artists such as Gillian Welch, Del McCoury, and Emmylou Harris. Featuring pioneers Sonic Youth, Pavement, Radiohead, and others, JAM touches on the parallels and similarities with the indie rock world. Large scale multi-day festivals in the US have taken all these genres of music and blended them together in to a space where Bruce Springsteen can jam with Phish, and the fans don't even question how or why, but just bask in the uniqueness and glory of 'the jam.'
This show of rock photography offers a glimpse into those intimate moments in which we feel a personal and almost spiritual connection with the musicians who bare their souls for us. Seeing a live show can be a direct way to share a profound moment with the musicians, one that we do not get to experience by listening to a recording. There is a certain magical element to sharing a specific moment and the physical space of the artists themselves as they are creating. But these moments aren't always during a performance. There are intimate moments in the process of creating that the general public does not see, but has been captured by an observant photographer. These images aim to illustrate the musicians' artistry and individual personalities through a single still photograph, and share the intimacy of artistic creation with the public.
Jay Blakesberg is a music industry insider, creating images made in dressing rooms, recording studios, and artist's homes. He has earned unprecedented onstage access while the artist performs in front of large and small audiences. For most of his career as a commercial music photographer, he has had the great honor of working with so many great artists who engage in not just creating amazing original music, but also contribute to a larger genre, making some of the most unique, original, and exploratory music in the world of rock and roll.
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"It's no secret, the way gets he so many great photos; he's a great photographer, and he's been to more of my shows then most of my current bandmates." -- Bob Weir, The Grateful Dead

"Jay truly has a gift for capturing the magic and special moments that happen on the stage! After 16+ years of working together, I feel he is so much part of the band and the music!” -- Jeff Chimenti, Furthur

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984463046
  • Publisher: Rock Out Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 379,617
  • Product dimensions: 9.74 (w) x 11.96 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

is a San Francisco-based photographer and video director whose work appears regularly in many magazines, including Rolling Stone and Guitar Player. Over the last 30 years his rock & roll journey has seen him work with many legendary artists including The Grateful Dead, Santana, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, and Phish to name just a few. He has published several volumes of his work which include books on The Grateful Dead, Primus and The Flaming Lips. His most recent book is'Traveling on a High Frequency' a 30 year retrospective of his music photography.
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"Playing live is a physical and emotional release… to play a show is such a crazy emotional event… the good shows, the bad shows- you learn something from every one…" -Jim James My Morning Jacket

"When I was seven or eight years old, I was allowed to peak into a dance that my older sisters were attending. This was up in Vermont where the mountains and trees do their magic. What i saw and heard was a band playing "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones, that moment changed me somehow. The sound went right through me and felt so very good. The vibe of the event felt equally exciting, dangerous but perfectly wonderful." -Joe Satriani

"When people walk away from one of our concerts we want them to feel uplifted and inspired to do whatever comes next. We also want people to feel a sense of unity, that they're not alone in the world. That it's okay to care about the planet and the environment. The social issues that we speak about in our songs, we want people to feel that it's okay to talk about them and that you're not alone; other people share the same feelings." -Michael Franti

"Playing live feels like your heart is filled with warm liquid pleasure...you don't know whether your eyes are open or closed because all you see are light and colors. No thoughts are passing through your head except for the occasional "Holy Shit this is really happening!!!". I would liken it to a surfer getting his first barrel...there is no drug that can make you feel that good." -Lukas Nelson

"Every show is a new opportunity to blow someone's mind. I refuse to got through the motions. The day I do that is the day I should quit this game. I like to script a set list that feels like a movie - with a beginning, middle and end. James Brown used to insist that the band play without stopping through almost the entire show, I always think about that when we play. Gotta keep things moving, that way, no one has time to get bored." -Grace Potter

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