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No more heroes. | Smithsonian Institution Rock and Roll

This is a great idea.The Smithsonian in the US is compiling a compendium of the best rock’n’roll photography throughout the ages for eventual publication in a book. Nice to see my first entry has been selected for consideration. Some great photography on display here. Worth a visit. Link to site: Source: No more heroes. | Smithsonian Institution Rock and Roll

Jean-Jacques Burnel, songwriter and bassist of iconic punk band The Stranglers in concert at Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium.

Source: No more heroes. | Smithsonian Institution Rock and Roll

No More Heroes. The Stranglers in concert @ Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium. Nov. 2015.

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I was fortunate enough to be invited by Het Depot in Leuven, Belgium to be the “instagrammer” photographer for a recent concert of iconic punk band The Stranglers. In between shooting with a mobile phone and uploading instantly to the instagram account of Het Depot, I managed to shoot some hi-res images with my Sony a7s. As for the scowl in the last shot of bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel: I deserved it. JJ spotted me with my face buried in my mobile phone. He read it as someone disrespectful of the music and made his feeling known by ‘gently’ placing the sole of his immaculately polished Doc Martin shoe on the top of my head. Warning noted. He smiled. I smiled. What he didn’t know was that I was frantically uploading concert photos and footage to the concert venue’s Instagram account. Shoot. Edit. Upload. Social media has its perils. Especially if a very fit karate master takes umbrage. The Stranglers deserve respect. They’ve earned audiences’ complete attention with some of the best synth punk sounds ever written. Apologies JJ. Great gig.