“Where Were You?” The Durutti Column at The I-Beam, SF [November 3, 1986]

Well, it has been nearly a year since I last posted, and now that I have put some technical problems behind me, it is about time to continue sharing some images from a number of performances that I attended years ago….

This was one of many shows that I would attend, more out of curiosity, than being completely familiar with the artists performing on that particular evening.

The Durutti Column had already been quite busy releasing many different recordings at this point in their short career – or should I say Vini Reilly had been the busy one?  On this particular evening, the core of the “group”, Mr. Reilly, and his frequent collaborator, Mr. Bruce Mitchell, would perform a very quiet evening of jazzy and “ambient” numbers.  Quite a contrast to a number of performances I had attended that year, or so…..

There aren’t too many images to share, and many are a bit dark, as once again, I did not wish to use a flash, and instead, try to capture the mood of the performance.

Enjoy!

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly & Durutti Column 9 [Durutti

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly, Bruce Mitchell & Durutti Co

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly & Durutti Column 6 [Durutti

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Bruce Mitchell & Durutti Column [Durutti

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly & Durutti Column [Durutti Co

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly & Durutti Column 10 [Durutti

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Bruce Mitchell & Durutti Column 2 [Durut

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly, Bruce Mitchell & Durutti Co

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly & Durutti Column 7 [Durutti

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly, Bruce Mitchell & Durutti Co

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly, Bruce Mitchell & Durutti Co

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Vini Reilly & Durutti Column 5 [Durutti

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Bruce Mitchell & Durutti Column 3 [Durut

A very informative link on the work of The Durutti Column, past and present:

http://discography.thedurutticolumn.info/search/label/1986

NOTE:  A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE WATERMARKS ON MY WORK

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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