Mick Jagger in concert - Kooyong
The story of the photograph:
I couldn’t afford the $5 for the entry ticket, so I faked a press pass – very seventies ‘Blue Meanie Press’ – and managed to make my way in. It was an extremely hot summers’ day, about 35 degrees, and being an afternoon concert The Rolling Stones were meant to come on at about 4pm. The warm up was Matt Taylor’s ‘Chain’. However, by 6pm still no Stones… rumour has it that Keith Richards had actually passed out for most of the afternoon - and by the way that he later staggered white faced onto the stage I’d say it was true.
So by 6.30 the first few chords of a classic Stones number announced that here they were live on stage in Melbourne, albeit 2 1/2 hours late. I just remember it was an astoundingly good concert… as well as Keith Richards missing about 15 chords in the first few songs and then getting his act into gear big time.
I shot about 10 reels of film and then realised I had to somehow evade security and get right to the front of the stage… and so spent the last quarter of the concert in the total pandemonium (no seating) right in front of the stage. In those days the stage was only about a metre and a half high and so if you were close to the front like I was it actually like you were on stage.
The Stones were blazing there way through ‘Midnight Rambler’ when I realised that I’d run out of film. I was then lucky enough to nab another film from a photographer nearby and keep shooting … Jagger rips the belt out if his trousers and while screaming ‘Did you hear about the midnight rambler’, hits the stage three times with aforesaid belt – he then dropped to his knees and suddenly the crowd completely evaporated (a bit like the parting of the Red Sea) and I was staring straight at him. Click! That was almost the last shot on the reel.
When you take a shot sometimes you know you have a blinder, and this time I knew I did. In a nutshell, Molly Meldrum, (who was then editing the magazine ‘GoSet’ before his ABC ‘Countdown’ days), put the photograph on the front page of the next issue with the headline ‘THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!’
So there you have it, the Stones at their peak, then biggest band in the world - and in my humble opinion still the greatest.
Rod Stewart in concert with The Faces, South Melbourne Cricket Ground. 1974.
Muddy Waters in concert, Festival Hall, Melbourne. 1974.
The story of the photograph:
I met Muddy backstage on the night and he agreed to concert photography.The show was a blinder, though he remained seated - happy to sing and play great guitar. Then suddenly he leapt to his feet and did a 30 second jig… just at the moment that I was changing films. I knew I had missed THE shot, so came back the next night and waited, hoping he would repeat his impromptu dance. He did.
The old wooden St Kilda pier
Girl with cappuccino and cigarette
Man Saluting - (with a bottle of port in his other hand)
Graffiti statement, St Kilda Beach
Long-term resident, St Kilda West
Teenagers waiting for the bus – Beaconsfield Parade
The Big Dipper, Luna Park
Identical twins in cafe, Ackland Street