Los Angeles / Sunset Strip Archives 1988 – 2011

“The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci.

* I am in the (very slow) process of scanning from my archives, lots more to be added to this section! *

Memories Of Music

I worked as a photographer, writer, editor, and publicist in the late 80’s and early 90’s in the Los Angeles music scene. I photographed some of the biggest bands of the time (including: Alice In Chains, Bon Jovi, Bullet Boys, Gene Loves Jezebel, Guns N Roses, Kiss, Megadeath, Mr. Big, Queensryche, Skid Row, and Whitesnake). I also photographed for many of the local bands themselves (including some of my favorites: Blackboard Jungle, Cry Wolf, Lightning Gypsy Lover, Lypswitch, Rozy Coyote, and St John).

THE HANGOUTS (local clubs): Black & Bloo, Cafe LA, The Church, Club Lingerie, Coconut Teaser, Gazzarri’s, The Fang Club, Hollywood Live, Scream, Raja’s, The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Roxbury, The Roxy, The Troubadour, The Whiskey A-Go-Go, Ten Masa and Xposeur 54.

THE ARENAS (the big bands): The Forum, The Greek Theatre, Irvine Meadows, The Palace, The Palladium, The Rose Bowl.

MY COLUMNS (some regulars): Caught In The Act, Digging Seattle Underground, The Hangouts, Headliners, Lens On L.A., The Rocker Report.

I started Rag Mag in 1989 as a kind of spoof of other local magazines. My friends Amber McKenna and Carri Nickels helped launch it, and Amber contributed writing for the first four issues and assisted with editing, production and publicity. It was later changed to Southern California’s Rocker Magazine to be a more serious publication (with Tracy Anderson). After seven total issues, the magazine was retired and I was hired as Executive Editor of HOLLYWOOD ROCKS (about a year). Machelle Grospitz was Assistant Editor and Jen Lowery became a featured photographer. I also shot many advertisements for hair and makeup artist Nasty Slosarick aka “Nasty Nancy.”

I freelanced for several years following my departure from HR and was published in the Attic Graphics catalogue, BAM, Backstage, Circus, Concrete Jungle, Crash!, L.A. Music Scene, Metal Brigade, Metal Edge, Metal News, Music Connection, Music Voice, Radio Active, Rock City News, RIP, Screamer and VivaRock … as well as shooting for Pirate Radio, KNAC, and a few record labels directly. Machelle Grospitz was my awesome agent and booked rocking shoots. I give much credit to Sandi Oba, for all she did for me, and for many of the local bands.

I published ROCKFOLIO, a pin-up calendar of local musicians, in late 1991 for the year 1992. A panel of gal pals chose the models, providing a wide variety of types of music and musicians. Layout and design was done by Greg Carchidi, Kelli Capo and Peter Ianucci, and printing by Bill Hartwick. Nancy Slosarik did hair, makeup, styling and promotion. Diana Engle provided administrative assistance and promotion. The release party was held at Gazzarri’s on The Sunset Strip and was hosted by Rich Bartle and Joe Gallagher. Sound was supplied by Tim Wright. Photography was provided by Jen Lowery, catering and additional promotion was supplied by Dianne Agee, and the sales booth and additional publicity was worked by Amber McKenna and Carri Nickles.

In the 90’s the music biz changed and the flyers stopped washing up on the shores of The Sunset Strip (to steal an idea from my friend Machelle Grospitz) and I shifted to shooting a wide variety of other worldly subjects. Musicians will never be far from my lens and I still shoot bands when the music really moves me, The Big Man On Bass is performing or I am flashing back with old friends from back in the day. I have fond and crazy memories of the wild nights photographing some of the greatest performers and performances of the time… and I have the evidence recorded in endless images…