Category: retro

Cherie Currie, The Runaways, 1976, by Chris Jackson

Lou Reed in a Lou Reed t-shirt at The Bottom Line, NYC, May 1978, by Sheri Lynn Behr, via

George Harrison, “Here Comes the Sun”, August 1, 1971

From the Concert for Bangladesh of course. You can see at the beginning how nervous George was! Not only his first solo performance, his first concert appearance at all since 1966, featuring his first performances of his own compositions ever – but here, also for the first time on stage, vulnerable and stripped down to an acoustic guitar. George’s little smile as the audience reaches out to him is priceless.

His duet partner, Badfinger’s Pete Ham, later revealed that they hadn’t even rehearsed! “George just wanted to keep it simple,” he said. After George told him the chord changes, Pete ducked into his hotel room to listen to the version on Abbey Road a couple of times, and that’s all there was time for! 

The result: magic. And beauty and joy and, yes, sun, sun, sun! Here it comes!

(Mi pequeña, está toda bien!)

(Note that by the time you come across this post, the video may have been taken down. It happens. Here’s the YouTube search for you to find another version. Worth the extra clicks!)

Freddie Mercury, Queen in London, October 1 1976, by Anwar Hussein

The Runaways in Japan

Joey Ramone, CBGB New York, 1977, by Godlis.

Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page. HE’S WET

Jimi Hendrix at The Isle of Wight, August 1970, by Chris Walter.

btw, you need to be more familiar with this amazing festival than you probably are. Here’s how just the second half of Sunday went: Donovan (who did both acoustic and electric sets), Pentangle, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, and Richie Havens. 

Baby Bean Bob, 1970, by John Cohen (in the Putnam Valley, New York woods near John’s farm)

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, March 27, 1975, The Forum, by Neal Preston