I’ve been asked to write about some of my images on display in the Rock Hall’s ACL exhibit. It is a pleasure to do so; photographing performing musicians, it appears, has become my life’s work, and I have a lot to say. This is my 32nd year as ACL’s official staff photographer, and the performers I’ve seen are many, the types of music various and varied.
But always, to my way of seeing, the task is the same: to convey the spirit that motivates the performing artist; to slice away the extraneous and come up with an image that conveys as much as possible of what the experience was like, who the performer was, and what the energy and essence were like, on our stage, during the performance. All of this with one final image, rendered into two dimensions of height and breadth, and unlike video, without the benefit of time and moving images. Oh, and most importantly, to come up with a good likeness that the artist and his management will approve of.
This is how I approach my job: first, Music is the sound the Muses make. My belief is that there’s ...
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum officially declared the studio where Austin City Limits is produced a “historic rock and roll landmark” last October, it was more than just a validation of the show’s status as the longest-running music series in American television history. It gave a lot of people – artists, the media, even the staff itself – a new appreciation for the sheer impact ACL has had after 35 years. We’ve recorded hundreds and hundreds of shows with thousands upon thousands of musicians that have been seen by tens of millions of people all over the world. Some of them have even been inspired to become musicians themselves…and some of them have even found themselves performing on the same historic stage – a dream come true. The legacy and magic of the TV show have spawned a music festival (ACL Fest, every October in Austin), an upcoming book (due out in August), and now a permanent live music venue (opening in January 2011). Not bad for a li’l ole Texas music show that started on a shoestring budget in 1975.
We’re probably on our third generation of performers and viewers by now ...
second photo caption: ACL was designated a rock and roll landmark on October 1, 2009.
The Rock Hall’s Landmark Series designates historic rock and roll landmarks around the United States that are essential to tell the story of rock and roll music.
There are currently nine sites including the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles where the Doors were resident performers; King Records in Cincinnati, a prominent American record label started in the 40s, The Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi and the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa . Five sites are located in the Cleveland area and include Brooklyn High School, the location Elvis played his first concert north of the Mason-Dixon line and WJW Radio, home to Deejay Alan Freed who popularized the term “rock and roll.”
On Friday, October 2nd, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum made its 10th Landmark dedication at the studio of Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas. Now in its 35th year, the show is the longest-running music program on television. A number of Rock Hall staff traveled to Austin for the dedication.
You can see footage of the landmark dedication by clicking here.
ACL has presented a diverse and original array of ...
This Friday, October 2 at Noon ET the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will be live-streaming from KLRU-TV’s Austin City Limits studio in Austin, Texas.
The Rock Hall is officially designating the ACL studio as an historic rock and roll site as a part of the Museum’s Landmark Series. The studio is the home of the groundbreaking television series that uniquely represents more than three decades of some of rock and roll’s most influential artists and their performances – from iconic musicians to cutting-edge talent. It’s one of the most significant archives that documents the American culture and shares the Rock Hall’s mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the rock and roll story.
Go behind the scenes of Austin City Limits with the people who create the show and the artists who bring it to life. Two once-in-a-lifetime discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs at the Rock Hall:
11 a.m. CST / Noon ET
The Story of ACL: Behind the Scenes with the People Who Create Austin City Limits
A discussion among members of the Austin City Limits staff as they recount stories and ...