At the iconic Smilin Buddha Cabaret and Restaurant in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, legendary punk rock photographer bev. davies (sic) shows the photos in her recent “(Return to the) Scene of the Crime” exhibit featuring photos taken at his landmark venue between 1979 and 1983.
Dave uncleweed Olson — with attorney Lindsay Lazlo Bailey — asks about her process, the stories behind photos, anecdotes about the subjects and flashbacks about the shows.
Plus, they discuss:
* various parenting tips and stories with heavy metal warlords (Bruce Dickinson, Lemmy Killmister, Dee Snider)
* ideas for a book of bev’s photos (form, cost, etc)
* the history of her remarkable calendars with Nardwuar
* some friends who’ve died (RIP Dave Gregg, Brain Goble)
* hollandaise sauce and skateboards ramps
Note: As a fan and supporter of bev’s work, i’ve also interviewed her (along with new-school photographer and activist Kris Krug) at Northern Voice in a talk called “Building a Scene — Rock n Rock Photos” and another interview to appear soon.
One point, it’s Mudhoney who were the influential band. Pearl Jam were on the tail end of the musical epoch later called “grunge” and while successful and endearing were hardly influencers to the scene.
Briefly, it was Mark Arm and Steve Turner’s band Green River (which also included members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard who later went on to Pearl Jam after Mother Love Bone) along with pals, The Melvins (also featured Mudhoney’s Matt Lukin) who paved the rock highway from old logging towns like Aberdeen then Olympia then Seattle… and taught young Kurt Cobain how to make the super fuzz noise.
Pearl Jam were relatively late to the game and formed as a new project after the demise of MLB’s singer. While they kept their cred by (trying to) stick it to Ticketmaster, PJ were a major label stadium mainstream success rather than sell-out-proof artists like Mudhoney who constantly dig things their way and turned down major label money (note: singer Mark Arm is the shipping clerk at Subpop HQ to this day).
I’ll be going for sure but wanted to point out the brilliance of Mudhoney who never really got (nor sought) the credit they deserve. I’ve seen them a dozen times over the years and they are unbelievable to witness.
Koolant, sitting in the Bob Marley hot seat singing with the legendary Wailers featuring “Family Man” Barret, speaks about the joy of singing reggae music for people around the world. He recounts growing up in Jamaica learning the music and mentions the beauty of the Komasket location and audience. Plus peaceful warrior troubadour Fred Penner sings about our right to be free and happy.
Musical interludes feature “Redemption Song” from The Wailer’s Saturday night performance and “Right to be Happy and Free” by Fred Penner from Sunday jam tent performance. Part 5 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.
Renegade musician Ken Giles recounts stories about backwoods huckleberry pancakes and picking with the Beaver Bottom Boys with Uncle Weed backstage at Komasket Music Festival near Vernon, BC. He also tells about hijinks ensuing when moose hunting en route to recording sessions, hijinks with Merry Pransters and Hunter Thompson, and the importance of living a life worthy of original songs.
Musical interlude by Wolf Child and the Cowboy Bandits recorded Sunday. Part 4 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.
WolfChild and the Cowboy Bandits, is a Smithers BC band, we have been playing local regional gigs for four years. Rockin Blues dance music, and also some great love songs, saxaphone harminica, slide guitar, we get you up on the floor and sometimes tables dancing, we have played festivals, pubs, weddings, benifets, legions, private parties, We are currently recording our first cd @ Chesslatta Records in Prince George BC and will release it in June this year!!! We are grateful to our fans and friends for thier awsome support, We have recieved a grant from the Smithers Arts Council and waiting for one from the Canada Arts Council. !!! So send us some positive vibes so we get this grant
Australia’s organic electronic band Oka talks with Uncle Weed backstage at Komasket Music Fest to discuss trips across Canada, the perils of equipment damage, psychology of jamming, global nature of music, combining ancient and modern instruments and keeping it all together — plus the happiness of the lovely locations and the power of community and the tubes. Featuring Oka’s DidgeriStu and drummer Zappa.
Musical interludes feature jams Oka‘s Friday night closing performance. Part 3 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.
Walking around the campground at the Komasket Music Fest near Vernon, BC, Uncle Weed and Quebecois Correspondent discuss the layout of the performance stages, various yoga workshops, Moroccan shisha lounge, and the movie tipi. Plus they recap pleasing performances by Bochephus King and Oka while previewing The Wailers and other leisure time activities.
Musical interludes feature jams with Bocephus King and Oka. Part 2 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.
Sitting around a candle, Uncle Weed kicks of a weekend at the Komasket Music Festival with pals including the Quebecois Correspondent. After a journey through Manning Park with canoe trips, wildlife sightings and botanical changes, they preview bands and workshops ahead.
Musical interludes feature jams with Bocephus King and Oka, beatboxer Shamik and various announcements of lost souls. Part 1 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.
Photos are an integral part of building a music scene and attracting audience but there’s a chasm between amateur snapshots and pro photos which truly capture the band’s aesthetic. This panel explores how bands and photographers can work together (technically & creativity) to produce images which enhance the artist/fan relationship.
What do photographers want from bands when shooting them?
What can bands do to be better subjects for photographers?
What are characteristics of a great band or concert photo?
How can photographers get great shots at shows with low light and fast action?
What are the differences between shooting for love or money? Does it change your shots?
Who are you shooting for? Yourself, the bands, the fans, the future?
Everyone has a camera of some kind – how does this change the reasons/importance of your photos?
What are rights licensing options for photographers?
How can photographers build an audience by sharing and using Creative Commons?
How can photographers build relationships with promoters/bands/labels?
Moderator Dave Thorvald Olson is a writer, podcaster and documentarian who frequently appears in media from High Times to CBC to BBC discussing counter-culture, art, hockey, and public policy.
I’ve seen hundreds of rock shows, published punk rock fanzines, followed the Grateful Dead plus Elvis died on my 7th birthday. I presented this panel at Northern Voice conference in Vancouver BC – recap with video, slides, photos, reviews and live blog.
Also, I gathered up exceptional Panelists:
Bev Davies photographed most every punk rock band in, or through, Vancouver in the 1977-85 from DOA to Dead Kennedys to The Clash plus “emerging” major acts like U2, Motorhead and Madonna. Her intimate and distinctive B&Ws, which appeared regularly in the alternative press together form a compelling chronicle of Vancouver’s music history.
Kris Krug regularly shoots bands along with fashion shows, tech conferences, Olympic Games and international travel. Known for his cross-processed style, he shares his shots with Creative Commons licensing, regularly organizes photo walks and contributes to conferences including TedX Shanghai, Gnomedex, PopTech, Petcha Kutcha and Northern Voice.
More about Rock N Roll Photography panel:
Photos are a key component of building a music scene or movement as well as engaging audience for a musical act, but there is a huge difference between some snapshots and photos which capture the band’s aesthetic and essence. Plus, photographers shooting for magazines or freelance don’t always want to share the licensing which allows the band to use the shots for their own promo use.
This panel with noted rock n roll photographers explores how bands and photographers can work together to produce images which thrill the band and inspire the fans. Beyond the technical points of photography, moderator Dave Olson will discuss how the manner of working, point of view, and setting are key contributors to quality results and ask the panelists how they find inspiration, develop a unique style, capture atmosphere, and form working relationships with the artists ~ plus technical tips to get in the pit and make a great rock shot.