Traveling On a High Frequency is 304 pages of pure rock and roll intensity created where light and motion, energy and magic all collide together and crystallize on a piece of film. This photographic journey includes images Jay Blakesberg made as a suburban NJ teenager in the late 1970's of such diverse artists as Muddy Waters, Crosby Stills & Nash, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan. After his arrival in San Francisco in the mid 1980's, this serious hobby transformed in...
Traveling On a High Frequency is 304 pages of pure rock and roll intensity created where light and motion, energy and magic all collide together and crystallize on a piece of film. This photographic journey includes images Jay Blakesberg made as a suburban NJ teenager in the late 1970's of such diverse artists as Muddy Waters, Crosby Stills & Nash, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan. After his arrival in San Francisco in the mid 1980's, this serious hobby transformed in to a career with assignments from leading music magazines documenting the newly exploding birth of alternative rock. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Jane's Addiction were all playing small clubs and starting their ascension to the top while Blakesberg was there to capture it on film. A 1987 assignment for Rolling Stone Magazine photographing a free U2 concert in downtown San Francisco was the beginning of a string of over 250 assignments for the venerable rock magazine. With higher profile assignments came opportunities to work with artists such as Carlos Santana, Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker, Radiohead, Neil Young, Sammy Hagar, BB king, Tracy Chapman and many others. Onstage, in the photo pit, backstage, on location, and in the photo studio is where Blakesberg spent a solid 22 years documenting the true zeitgeist of the pop culture experience known as ROCK and ROLL. Capturing that "Magical Musical Moment" for magazines, record companies, and the artists themselves required a combination of creativity, technical knowledge, and a passion for the music that was unfolding in front of his lens. The photographs in this book will take you on an exciting journey thru 3 decades of rock and roll seen thru the eye's of Jay Blakesberg.
Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer, whose work has appeared in many magazines, including Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, Mojo and Harp. He has shot CD covers for many record labels including Columbia, Reprise, Arista, and Virgin Records. Jay has photographed many legendary performers including the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Tom Waits to name a few. He has published 3 coffee table books of his photographs featuring The Grateful Dead, Primus, and The Flaming Lips.
Bill Bentley began his writing career in 1975 at the Austin Sun. In 1980 he became music editor of the L.A. Weekly. He was a publicist for Slash Records and eventually became Senior Vice President of PR for Warner Bros. Records for 20 years, where he worked with Elvis Costello, REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Eric Clapton and dozens of other artists. Currently he is publicist for Neil Young & Lou Reed, and president of Sonic Boomers. He has also produced tribute albums on Texas psychedelic musician Roky Ericson & founding Jefferson Airplane & Moby Grape member Skip Spence.
Ed Robertson is the co-founder of the Toronto based award winning rock band Barenaked Ladies. With his band, Ed has written numerous top ten hits in both Canada and the US. Playing live to fans on an arena level over the last 10 years, Ed has honed his skills as a musician, songwirter, and storyteller. Ed's first Childrens book will be released in early 2009. Be prepared for an engaging foreword from Ed that will make you laugh, cry, and scream.