Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
“When you’ve photographed musicians over and over again for 30 years, have hung out with them backstage, hung out with them at the annual music industry conventions, had them over to the house for BBQs, etc., you get to know them on a more personal level,” Jimmy explains to Harvey Kubernik in an introduction interview in his book, Rock ‘N’ Roll Lens: 30 Years of Music Photography and Stories.
This square record-album size, hardbound coffee table book with glossy photographs is one hundred and four pages of photographer and author’s thirty year adventure in the rock music industry. With no profanity but some strange iconic musicians’ pictures, the book is geared toward any generation that loves rock and roll in America. It contains almost fifty bands or musical legends from Frank Sinatra and Tammy Wynette to Michael Jackson and Madonna, photographed during the nineteen eighties and nineties.
Jimmy Steinfeldt is a hard core rock and roll groupie who has a deep devotion and compassion to anything rock including intimate club setting venues to large mega-arena shows with backstage passes. With his upbringing love for all types of music, he originally got a degree in business management but found his taking snapshots with his one hundred dollar Minolta camera of his favorite bands and singers at concerts launched him into a successful, long-term career in photography. Going to every concert possible while growing up in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, he moved to Los Angeles to fulfill his photography dream in the music industry.
Along with each slick, mostly close-up color photograph on the right side of the page, Steinfeldt tells a short, simple yet interesting story of how and where the photo came into being or a personal tale about his connection to the band or person. With the table of contents listing in alphabetical order, the artists are randomly placed among the pages, prompting to turn to another fascinating story.
Stories are told of how an attractive concert-goer friend introduced him to Eric Clapton, how he missed the perfect shot with Bono, saw Chuck Berry in his under-shorts, stood in line behind Elvis Costello to use the men’s room and shot pool with John Cougar Mellencamp. Artists range from Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, Hole, Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton to Tom Petty, Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner and ZZ Top.
With Steinfeldt’s artistic photographs and love for both camera and music, he is the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll junkie who not only listened to the tunes but got to know the players over a thirty year period. He is the ultimate rock-star junkie!
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