Podcast: ’Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky - Rock Photography of the 1960s

Today, we discuss some of the most recognized images of rock-n-roll history.

Our first guest is photographer Amelia Davis, who is the owner of Jim Marshall LLC, the living archive of the prolific photographer Jim Marshall, most known for his images of jazz and rock musicians of the 1950s through the 1970s. If you are familiar with photos of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, or the Allman Brothers Band, then you are certain to know his work. Marshall not only covered the Monterrey and Altamont festivals, but was the only photographer invited by the Beatles to photograph their final concert. Marshall also documented the Civil Rights movement and the Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco.

With Davis, we discuss how she came to be the proprietor of the archive and how she protects and manages the collection. We also talk about Marshall, the man, and why he was seemingly able to photograph “everyone” in that era. Davis is also part of the production team behind the new film "Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall,” which is well worth seeing to get a better understanding of Marshall’s motley personality and his incredible body of work.

After our chat with Davis, we welcome photographer Elliott Landy, who is currently producing a book of his images on the seminal rock group, The Band. Landy was the official photographer of the famed Woodstock music festival and responsible for unforgettable images of Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, among others. Elliot is running a Kickstarter campaign to create Contacting the Band, which will take a deep dive into the thousands of photos he took of the group in concert and around their homes, in Woodstock, NY. We encourage you to check the Kickstarter link above and enjoy this episode.

Guests: Amelia Davis and Elliott Landy

Photograph © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

Jimi Hendrix at Monterey Pop Festival, 1967 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Jimi Hendrix at Monterey Pop Festival, 1967 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Beatles coming onto the stage at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, for their last concert 1966 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Beatles coming onto the stage at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, for their last concert 1966 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Bob Dylan,  New York City, 1963 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Bob Dylan, New York City, 1963 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Johnny Cash at San Quentin Prison, 1969 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Johnny Cash at San Quentin Prison, 1969 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Janis Joplin and her 1964 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet, 1968 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Janis Joplin and her 1964 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet, 1968 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Exile on Main Street Studio Recordings,1972
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Exile on Main Street Studio Recordings,1972
Miles Davis, 1971 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Miles Davis, 1971 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Game arcade, San Francisco, 1962 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Game arcade, San Francisco, 1962 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Mississippi, 1963 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Mississippi, 1963 © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Jim Marshall with Leica © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Jim Marshall with Leica © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Elliott Landy with his photograph of The Band © Elliott Landy
Elliott Landy with his photograph of The Band © Elliott Landy
The Band, Woodstock, 1969 (album cover for “The Band” LP) © Elliott Landy
The Band, Woodstock, 1969 (album cover for “The Band” LP) © Elliott Landy
“Contacting The Band” by Elliott Landy © Elliott Landy
“Contacting The Band” by Elliott Landy © Elliott Landy

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves

4 Comments

No middle ground with Jim! Another great piece. Really well done podcast.

Thanks Doug, really appreciate the feedback.

I love Music Photography, in which are on Rock n' Roll and Jazz because I have took some photos in which are both neat and quality in Film and in Digital. Finally, I am going to continue of doing some shootings on a Manual Mode for in Digital Photography or in perhaps on an Aperture Priority Mode, as Success!!!

Thanks for the comment James M....  go for it.  Yes, controlling aperture and especially shutter speeds are important when shooting live music.

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