who needs selfies?

Carl Perkins, Brian Smith, Sheffield City Hall May 14. 1964Not that the compiler of our upcoming book of vintage blues photographs Boom Boom Boom Boom needs to prove his bona fides, but we couldn’t resist showing these two great images which photographer Brian Smith sent us to go with his author profile on the Easy On The Eye Books site.  The first image was taken backstage in the dressing room at Sheffield City Hall in 1964, and shows Brian with one of his musical heroes Carl Perkins.  Brian went on to run Carl’s UK fan club for several years.
Brian was also the official photographer for Manchester based R & B Scene throughout the life of the magazine. But while he mostly took pictures, on this occasion the tables were turned for a publicity shot with Screaming Jay Hawkins – which the editor thought would make a great cover image!  This issue came out in 1965.

R & B Scene cover issue 6 Screaming Jay Hawkins and Brian Smith

 

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In The Telegraph*

sheffield telegraph covered book review

* that’s the Sheffield Telegraph! But they have done the Covered book proud with a full page in the issue cover dated last Thursday. The Telegraph used to be Sheffield’s daily ‘broadsheet’, with an evening paper called The Star. The Telegraph foundered many years ago but came back as a weekly title, and has plenty of listings and local arts coverage. Anyhow their arts writer Ian Soutar has done a detailed article, which you can find here on the Telegraph website as well. It did mean I got recognised in an antiques centre the other day by someone else trawling for vinyl oddities…