November 29, 2012 0

USDA PRIME+ ROCK AND ROLL

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It’s hard to imagine now but the business of music used to be booming, and for a while many of us did very well. Back in those days I was considered a “Rock and Roll Photographer” shooting 4 or 5 album covers a month. The roaring 90’s was a glorious time to be working in the music business but eventually I turned my sights in other directions, focusing on a much broader range of subjects. And when I looked back, the industry that I used to know was no longer there. These days I rarely shoot bands but when Jon Spencer (of the infamous Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) called I was raring to go. The first time I worked with Jon was in 1986 on the packaging for his band Pussy Galore’s album Right Now.
I printed the montage myself in a pitch black color darkroom. Since then we have worked on many projects over the years. The name of the new album is Meat and Bones but when Jon asked me to shoot a meat cleaver for the cover, I showed him the image from my archives of a side of beef hanging from a hook he was, well, hooked.



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