Category Archives: 35mm

Paul Revere and the Raiders

Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders passed away yesterday (10/4/14).  I took these pictures at a show in Dallas, Texas in 1984.

Paul Revere and the Raiders were famous for songs like “Kicks,” “Hungry,” and “Indian Reservation” … and even appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

They put on a great show and I remember thinking that Paul Revere was having entirely too much fun.

Andersonville Movie Set

Andersonville Prison
Andersonville Prison

The original Camp Sumter or Andersonville Prison was located near Andersonville, Georgia, a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp for Union Soldiers during the American Civil War. It was 25 acres and held almost 45,000 prisoners, 4 times the amount it was designed for and over 13,000 prisoners died there.  It has quite the history and the movie Andersonville centers around a group of prisoners, calling themselves the Andersonville Raiders, attacked their fellow inmates to steal food, jewelry, money and clothing.

Me as a Union Prisoner
Me as a Union Prisoner

In 1996, I was doing Civil War Reenacting on a regular basis and we were contacted by TNT to work on a movie about the infamous Andersonville Prison.  Being reenactors and having all the gear and uniforms we were offered more money than extras were and treated a little better.  I signed up thinking this could be a great deal of fun. Continue reading Andersonville Movie Set

Grand Ole Opry

Little Jimmy Dickens
Little Jimmy Dickens

I had almost forgotten that I actually went to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in the middle 80’s.  This was after they moved out of the old Ryman Auditorium and into the new Opry House.  It was an awesome place to see concerts also and had tremendous acoustics.  As you can see, I was never shy walking to stages and taking photos…..

Hank Snow
Hank Snow
Porter Wagner
Porter Wagner

Hanging with the Beach Boys

Anybody who knew me growing up knew I loved The Beach Boys.  I still love their music, but I really got into their great harmonies of the late sixties and into the seventies.  Many of my friends through my teenage years suffered through the music and going to their concerts with me.  I would guess I have seen the Beach Boys live no less than 20 times.  I had all their albums and along with the great harmonies there was some very bizarre stuff mixed in.

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Afrikan Dreamland

In the mid eighties, I worked for a small paper in Nashville called, The Metro, taking photographs of concerts and musicians.  The Metro consisted of mostly college students hoping to get a career in the writing and newspaper business.  Me, I just wanted free tickets to awesome concerts.  I really never have wanted to do photography professionally.  I was on staff for a few years and was exposed to a bunch of music I never would have gone to see on my own.  One band was Afrikan Dreamland.

 

Aashid Himons
Aashid Himons

Aashid Himons was the leader and founder of Afrikan Dreamland.  He was from West Virginia and had been involved in music all his life.  Afrikan Dreamland combined reggae, blues, rock and electronic music and I remember really enjoying their music.  After the show I got to chat with Aashid for a bit and he told me a little about the Rastafarian culture and his music.  I recall a very warm and polite person that I really enjoyed talking too.  I was bummed to hear of his passing in 2011.