“Where Were You?” The Cramps at The I-Beam, San Francisco [July 1986]


Cramps flyer - I Beam copy

Poster/flyer, courtesy of Cary [December 2017]

These photos were taken on an incredibly hot night, to begin with, and with a possibly over-sold crowd, it only became stifling.  Luckily, I had my position staked out very early on, but I would not be able to move from that spot for the duration of the show [hence, the reason I could not get a decent angle for any good Nick Knox shots].

Things got so tight, that I started to lose feeling in my lower legs, from the crowd pressing so much forward against those of us at the lip of the stage.  I finally gave up shooting and pulled myself up and out, just far enough, to sit on the stage edge, and finally get some relief from the heat!

Great show, and one of the few times I would not complain about suffering during a concert, because the rewards of the performance were so much more, in return.

Again, I did not have to use a flash, thankfully.

Between songs for a moment

As I was pinned to this side of the small stage, it was relatively easy to take photos of Ms. Del Mar, since she wasn’t nearly as active as Poison or Lux

Poison Ivy gives a look to a comment made by an audience member, perhaps

Unfortunately, this would be the only frame I could get a clear shot of Nick Knox in

One of Lux’s signature “moves” during a Cramps’ show

One of the many faces Lux Interior would present during a show

One of my fave images from this show

Shirt off, and the crowd is well into it

Ms. Del Mar, her rig and roadie

Unfortunately, as I could not move to take photos, I was stuck with taking my chances from afar. The result was not so many killer photos of Ms. Ivy


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While many of you who arrive here, to look at these photographs may get turned off to my use of watermarks [thinking they ruin the image], let me explain why I choose to do this.

No one paid for my camera equipment but me. No one paid for the film I used to take these photographs.  On occasion, when I free-lanced for a free monthly newsletter, and they published a photo of mine, the payment for each photograph barely paid for the fuel to get my vehicle to the show [when I *did* have a vehicle], and the film I used on that night. 

Not too many of my photos were published, at the time, because the artists I chose to capture images of, were not hugely popular then.  Hence, the old dictum, “Supply and Demand”; I had the supply, but the demand [pre-Internet], was not there. You can argue the relative merits of the quality of my work, and that is precisely what a blog offers:  a venue for discussion.

Back to the watermarks: no one is subsidizing my time to scan and then clean up the images I am presenting here. Start to finish, each negative will take approximately an hour-and-a-half to reach “proof” quality – which is what you will see here.  This is my labor of love, and until there is some measurable return on my efforts, what you see is what you get.


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