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David Bowie – Creem Magazine ’76

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Happy Friday. Here’s a new addition to the site today, Cameron’s interview with David Bowie from the May, 1976 issue of Creem magazine. We hope you like it.!

Space Face Changes The Station

David Bowie Pulls A Lazarus

Andy Kent is one of the most important freelance photographers in the music business. At 28, his well matched wardrobe, trimmed hair and full beard give the look of a successful young businessman. Which he is.

Yet, after six years of shooting almost every L.A. concert, Andy’s motivation has long since transcended fandom. It is now a job. He and his partner Neal usually flip coins over who has to shoot a local performance. The winner gets to stay home.

It’s been two weeks since the beginning of David Bowie’s 1976 worldwide concert blitz, of which Andy Kent is official tour photographer. These days, he is a changed man. Gone is the apathy of someone who has seen a loud rock and roll band a few hundred times too many. Now Andy feverishly scans the radio for Bowie records. He speaks constantly of the man’s genius. He arrives at Bowie’s show hours before they begin. He helps the band choose their on-stage attire. He discusses and critiques the set every night with Bowie. Andy feels important. “I told David the other night,” he reports, “that I haven’t worked this hard in years. I really feed off his energy.”

Andy Kent is only one of a thirty-nine person entourage that is powered by the same blind devotion to David Bowie. It is not hard to become totally drawn in by the man – he has a special talent for making all those around him feel as if they are, indeed, most crucial to his vision. Yet, in the end, Bowie has them all on salary. Ever since his costly (millions were lost) split with ex-manager Tony De Fries, he manages and owns himself entirely.

This is Bowie’s first tour since that incident. Likewise, the current stage show is a virtual one-man tour de force. There are no sets, costumes, glitter or dancers. For the first time in years, it’s just David.

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Apr 17, 2015

Meet the Crew: Neal Preston

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Neal Preston is one of rock’s most celebrated and iconic photographers. Neal’s relationship with Cameron nearly goes back to the beginning of his illustrious career. We chatted with Neal on location in Hawaii about his career, his new iBook Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury and much more.

When did you first meet Cameron? I know you guys worked together at Circus magazine and Rolling Stone, but had you met earlier while he was writing for the San Diego Door or Creem?

You know, I actually don’t recall the very first time we met — but I know that around the time we met he was definitely writing for the San Diego Door. I remember my girlfriend Bobbi (who was a publicist with rock p.r. agency Gershman, Gibson and Stromberg) shoving a copy of the Door in front of me, virtually demanding that I “read this kid’s stuff!! He’s only 14 years old!!!!”

Yeah, he could write, but what was far more astounding to me was that he was a really good ping pong player.  There was a ping-pong table in the rec center where he lived.  I was 5 years older than him, yet he probably beat me 80-90% of the time.  I hated losing to him, more than he ever knew.  In fact I’m still upset about it.

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Apr 22, 2014

Deep Purple – Circular Magazine

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Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and bass player Glenn Hughes- Houston Astrodome in August 1974. Courtesy of CNN

Here’s new addition to the Journalism archives. It’s Cameron’s interview with the always quotable, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple. This Q & A was done for Circular Magazine’s November, 1974 issue. Cameron also spoke with Ritchie on related (and different) topics during the same time period for the following publications:

A Cynic’s View of Deep Purple

The additions of singer David Coverdale and bassist Glenn Hughes, Burn, the well-publicized American tour on Starship One, the California Jam . . . It seems like the last Deep Purple barn-storming ended just a couple weeks ago. Yet those prolific rogues are assaulting Fall with another burst of activity. A strong new LP, characteristically titled Stormbringer, has just been released. An international tour is already underway. Suffice to say Purple is back for more pillage with scarcely a moment’s rest. 

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Mar 1, 2014

Absolute Bowie

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David Bowie is celebrating his birthday today and we’ve decided to join him. Cameron and Bowie go back to the mid 70’s including an in-depth 1976 Playboy interview, a short RS article on his ’76 tour and his cover story in Rolling Stone. Most recently, Cameron contributed liner notes to the 25th anniversary re-release of Station to Station. Happy Birthday David!

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Jan 8, 2013

Ritchie Blackmore – A Deeper Shade of Purple

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At the California Jam, April 6th 1974. Photograph by Robert Ellis.

Cameron’s debut piece of journalism for the L.A. Times was this interview with Deep Purple guitar god Ritchie Blackmore for the June 23, 1974 edition. Among the topics covered: his honesty with interviews, Black Sabbath and classical music. For more Blackmore/Purple magic check out the following:

 

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Feb 6, 2012

Van Morrison – A Rare Interview

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Cameron was able to snag the ever elusive Van Morrison for this 1973 interview with Creem magazine. As you can tell, Van is a deep guy and he talks extensively about the record industry, his songwriting process and the desire to “just be a musician”. Enjoy!

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Feb 4, 2012

Cameron Talks Bowie, T-Rex with Marc Bolan

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Cameron sits down for a chat with Marc Bolan for the July, 1973 issue of Creem magazine. Marc was not shy and shared his thoughts on David Bowie, his band T-Rex and much more. Marc was killed in a car crash in 1977, but he lives on with his music. Cameron also honored him with a line of dialogue in Almost Famous.

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Mar 26, 2011

David Crosby: Remember My Name Coming Soon!


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