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Michael Hyatt's Photography
Musicians porfolio
MUSICIANS
Photographs by Michael Hyatt
DESCRIPTION & SAMPLE PHOTOS

One of my earliest and most favorite subjects to photograph was musicians. While a student at Moorpark College in California in 1969 I photographed the anti-war movement and the folksingers around campus, including Dan Wheetman, now a famous producer of musicals and member of the band Marley’s Ghost. During my trip to Ireland I photographed The Boy Scouts following their performance at an anti-nuclear demonstration (see Ireland portfolio). Upon my return to Los Angeles I began photographing The Plugz, one of Hollywood’s seminal punk rock bands. Around that time, new wave stars The B-52s came to town and signed LPs at Tower Records. Up and coming in the New Traditionalist Movement was Dwight Yoakum, seen here with band-mates rehearsing backstage at McCabes Guitar Shop. The folk music leanings of members of X, plus Dave Alvin and Johnny Ray Bartel were captured by The Knitters prior to their opening set for John Prine. The day I made the portrait of The PLugz in 1980 I got to see Los Lobos on the bill at the Olympic Auditorium. Then in 1983 I was there when they opened for The Clash at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. That night they learned that they'd been nominated for their first Grammy Award, which they ultimately won. Folk and bluegrass legend Doc Watson sat for this portrait in Tucson in 2003. Email Michael for more info.


SAMPLE PHOTOS

The Plugz - Olympic Auditorium (Los Angeles, 1980)
The Plugz - Olympic Auditorium
Los Angeles 1980

 

B-52s - Tower Records (Hollywood, 1980)
B-52s - Tower Records
Hollywood 1979

 

X - Billy, Exene, DJ & John (Los Angeles, 1981)
X - Billy, Exene, DJ & John
Los Angeles 1981

 

Phil and Dave Alvin, The Palace (Los Angeles, 1982)
Phil and Dave Alvin, The Palace
Los Angeles 1982

 

Dwight Yoakam, J.D. Foster & Pete Anderson  (Santa Monica, CA, 1984)
Dwight Yoakam, J.D. Foster & Pete Anderson
Santa Monica, CA 1984

 

The Knitters (Hollywood, 1985)
The Knitters
Hollywood 1985

 

Merle Haggard (Tucson, 1992)
Merle Haggard
Tucson 1992

 

Exene & the Original Sinners in Ghost Room 234 - Hotel Congress (Tucson, 2002)
Exene & the Original Sinners in Ghost Room 234
Hotel Congress, Tucson 2002

 

Doc Watson (Tucson, 2003)
Doc Watson, Songwriter
Tucson 2003

 

Hotel Congress: Tom Russell, Songwriter - Hotel Congress (Tucson, 2003)
Tom Russell, Songwriter
Hotel Congress, Tucson 2003

 

Los Lobos (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1983
Los Lobos
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 1983

 

Top Jimmy @ The Whisky (Hollywood, 1981)
Top Jimmy @ The Whisky
Hollywood 1981

 

Steve Berlin – Los Angeles 1981. Photograph by Michael Hyatt.
Steve Berlin
Los Angeles 1981

 

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