Between The Dark and Light –The Grateful Dead Photography of Jay Blakesberg
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Between The Dark and Light – The Grateful Dead Photography of Jay Blakesberg – Book release event. All Ages. $20 advance
Please join renowned San Francisco photographer Jay Blakesberg sharing his 90-minute Grateful Dead slideshow/storytelling presentation about his adventure photographing the Grateful Dead experience over the last 44 years.
The story kicks off with Jay’s colorful teenage years growing up in suburban New Jersey in the late 1970s, where he and his friends lived for the thrill of sex, drugs and rock and roll. He describes how his love for photography began in 1978 after his father gave him an old Pentax camera to shoot the Grateful Dead performing at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Back then, Jay would develop the photos in his basement so he could simply take this self-created memorabilia and plaster it on his bedroom walls.
He shares with great storytelling skills and iconic photos, how after high school he embarked on a wild psychedelic ride, following the Grateful Dead with the music-loving circus of freaks and misfits known as Deadheads – camera in tow. In the mid-80s he settled in San Francisco and began to build a professional career as an in-demand commercial music photographer whose work has been published in preeminent books and magazines – including Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Relix – to name a few.
Today, Jay Blakesberg is one of the music industry’s most sought-after rock photographers, known for capturing the explosive energy of the live music experience as well as the intimate moments that happen offstage. Most significantly, Jay is a distinguished fixture on the Jam Band scene whose body of work in this arena makes up a comprehensive photographic archive of the modern-day psychedelic rock-and-roll tribe.
This lively and highly entertaining presentation will take you on The Long Strange Trip YOU have all been part of for many years.
Jay will also be discussing and signing copies of his new “Visual Autobiography” RetroBlakesberg – The Film Archives: Volume One. The event will also feature a “pop up art gallery” featuring many of Jay’s iconic photographs.
Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer, filmmaker and public speaker whose work has appeared in numerous worldwide magazines including Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix, Time, Vanity Fair, and countless others. He has photographed many musical artists, including the Grateful Dead, B.B. King, Phish, Radiohead, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Carlos Santana to name just a few. His photography has been included in over 250 CD packages, been published thousands of times in books and magazines worldwide, and he has published Sixteen coffee table books of his music photography. Over the last 8 years, Jay has presented his storytelling/slideshow presentation to thousands of people around the United States.h