Renowned music photographer Jay Blakesberg joins the podcast to talk about 40 years of music photography, photographing everything from years with the Grateful Dead to the birth of Alternative Rock. Raised in New Jersey, Jay was a product of the 70s youth culture, spending his time partying with his friends and seeing concerts. But it was when he borrowed his Dad's camera at age 16 to shoot pictures at a Grateful Dead show that he would get a glimpse into what the future would hold. Combining a love for photography and the Grateful Dead, Jay set out on tour and began cataloging a huge archive of photography of the band, the fans, and the scene that evolved around both. Although Jay had run-ins with the law, and some questionable decisions at an early age that could have derailed his dreams, he stayed focused on his passion of photography and music. Jay is probably best known for his work with the Grateful Dead, but he has had a career that spans years of shooting almost every musical genre you could think of, includes countless work and covers with Rolling Stone Magazine, more album photography credits than could be listed here, and intimate shoots and stories with Rock Royalty. During our conversation we get the chance to hear how it all started for Jay, what's changed in the world of Rock photography, how he created his own publishing company, and what's in store as he moves forward.
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