Hell’s Kitchen Radio #485: Jay Blakesberg

Friday, August 19, 8am

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There are good interviews and then there are great interviews. Monday night’s interview with photographer Jay Blakesberg falls into the latter category. That means it was GREAT, if you have issues with the whole “latter”, “former” thing. 

Jay has been taking pictures of live events since a teenager in the 1970s. His stories, starting with his youthful debauchery, taking his camera into shows, capturing bands in ways no one else was even considering, and leading onto a successful and exciting career as a photojournalist are really quite striking. 

What I love about interviewing people like Jay, ask him a question and he can really spin a good yarn. 

We spoke about his latest book: RETROBLAKESBERG: Vol. 1 The Film Years, which covers photos all taken on film (read: not digital) from his high school days in 1970 to 2008. This coffee table book is a real treasure, as is Jay.

Most of the music played tonight came from albums where Jay contributed photos. Gotta love that!

Next Monday night, August 22, join me when I interview Myles Boisen, guitarist, composer, improvisor, and record producer/engineer, best known around the Bay Area for his twin-necked twanging in The Splatter Trio. We’ll be talking about his new release featuring him on piano. I’m really looking forward to this.

The Radio Valencia studio is looking better each week: new paint job and soundproofing. We’re getting our logo on the awning out front next week! Thanks to our engineering team (aka: JazzNazz) we have the turntables and CD players working better than ever! But we still need you. This is an out-of-pocket venture. Bringing you great programming is our mission, and we can really use your help. Please consider donating to Radio Valencia by going to our PayPal (we are financially sponsored by SF IndieFest) and throwing a few bones our way. Every dime is spent on station needs (rent and equipment mostly). I thank you in advance. 

Time now to sit back and enjoy two hours of aural delights.


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