The Story Behind The Photo | Jay Blakesberg Photography
Photo by Jay Blakesberg
A nice photo gallery by renowned photographer Jay Blakesberg of Neil Young at the Bridge School Concert on October 30, 2005.
Jay tells the story behind the photo:
This was shot for a feature in Esquire Magazine.
Earlier that year Neil was given Hank Williams old guitar and case (The one in the photo). Trying to wrangle Neil for a photo shoot is not an easy task! I was promised 5 minutes. I had a small window where the available light was perfect in front of Neils car and tour bus. I discussed it with neil for a minute and he said, right after he gets off stage with Los Lobos we will do it.
Neils guitar tech - Larry Cragg showed me where the guitar case was locked inside the equipment truck. He told me to go in right when it was time and grab the guitar as I wanted that old Hank case in the shot. I had my 11 year old son with me and sent him in there to grab the guitar and bring it out. Neil was standing there with me, and saw Sam carrying the case and said "ok, I think I can handle that from here" and took the case to walk over and do the shoot.
Classic moment having your son hand Neil Hanks guitar...
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