FEATURED ARTIST: JAY BLAKESBERG
Jay Blakesberg is one of the leading American photographers associated with the rock music scene. As a suburban teenager, he borrowed his father’s Pentax camera to take photos at concerts in New Jersey, his home state. Because of his obvious talent, he was able to begin a lifelong career in music photography.
In 1978 at a Grateful Dead concert at The Meadowlands, he began a long association with the Dead and their Deadhead followers, joining them in following the band's concert tours. He soon established a reputation for taking stunning pictures that captured the spirit of the music he loved. He has photographed an A list of the most influential contemporary musicians that includes Bob Dylan, Green Day, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Waits, Ice-T, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Metallica, Joni Mitchell, Santana, Jane’s Addiction, The Pixies, and the Kronos Quartet.
He became a go-to photographer for Rolling Stone (with over 300 assignments) and top tier magazines like Vanity Fair and Guitar Player. His work was also highly sought after by business publications such as Red Herring, Business 2.0, and Fortune Magazine to document the rising high-tech Silicon Valley executives who became the “rockstars” of the Internet era.
His photographs have been collected in several books, including "Guitars That Jam—Portraits of the world's most storied rock guitars" and, most recently, “Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender,” which celebrates the “free-spirited women who are inspired by, and help inspire, live music.”
A list of Jay’s accomplishments, activities, and awards would take up several pages but the best evidence of his contribution to music history is found in the work itself. Visit Music Memorabilia’s Jay Blakesberg Gallery to see some of his striking images and to place an order today.