Golden Palominos - IBeam flyer

These are a handful of frames that were shot, on the same evening that The Golden Palominos headlined at the I-Beam “Where Were You?” – The Golden Palominos at The I-Beam in San Francisco, California [3-24-86].  At the time, I was not aware that the lead guitarist for the singer-songwriter Eddy Ray Porter, was Chuck Prophet ( Chuck Prophet – Wikipedia entry ), who already had been long performing with the group Green On Red, and would begin lending his songwriting and guitar work to numerous recordings by other artists.  At about this same period of time, Prophet had started performing with his wife, Stephanie Finch, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A sampling of the late Mr. Porter’s music, can be heard here:

Eddy Ray Porter – “After the Fall” audio

As stated elsewhere on my blog, I would routinely take photos of most opening acts [if I had enough film to spare], in an attempt to save such moments for posterity’s sake.  Especially so, if I knew about the performers, beforehand, or was impressed in some way, by the music being performed.  On this occasion, I did not have “extra” film, as my “mission”, as it were, was to capture the different members of the headlining act, as I was an avid listener of many of the artists’ other outfits.

In any event, here are the frames that were taken, of Eddy Ray Porter‘s group, that evening [and I do not know the names of the drummer, and bassist, so if anyone happens to view this, and can fill me in, on their names, that would be much appreciated.  I could then properly credit them, here]:

Michael Conen - [PROOF] Chuck Prophet profile LG [Eddie Ray Port
Chuck Prophet, performing with Eddy Ray Porter
Michael Conen - [PROOF] drummer LG [Eddie Ray Porter - I Beam, S
Eddy Ray Porter’s drummer, at the I-Beam San Francisco, California [3-24-86]
Michael Conen - [PROOF] Chuck Prophet LG [Eddie Ray Porter - I B
Chuck Prophet, with Eddy Ray Porter, at the I-Beam San Francisco, California [3-24-86]
Michael Conen - [PROOF] bassist & Eddy Ray Porter LG [Eddie Ray
Eddy Ray Porter, vocals, and bassist  [I-Beam San Francisco, California 3-24-86]

For more information on Eddy Ray Porter’s recordings, please have a look at this link:

Eddy Ray Porter – Rate Your Music entry



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.