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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)
B52s - Tower Records (Hollywood, 1980)

 

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)

 

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