Missing Ronnie Barron

Ah, Ronnie Barron, what a great musician he was, and a great guy. This photograph would have been in Everybody I Shot Is Dead, if it wasn't a single frame in a Chuck E. Weiss (still alive and playing amazing) roll of film. This photo was taken at the Troubadour a year or two after I shot Ronnie in Vancouver when he was playing with Paul Butterfield Better Days. And then I ran into him again when he was playing with John Mayall and I was working on Starart.

 
 

RONNIE BARRON
10/9/43 - 3/20/97

Not a lot to grab from YouTube. This video looks like crap but Ronnie's talent breaks through just fine...

 
 

Ronnie Barron is one of 48 musicians I honor in my book, Everybody I Shot Is Dead.  

Happy Birthday, Tom Waits!

I'm always happy when I can celebrate a musician's birthday while they are still on Planet Earth. Although, in the case I think Tom Waits may reside in some creative genius area of the Universe where the rest of us do not have backstage access. He's that cool.

 
 

TOM WAITS

Check out this video...it is so much fun...and genius...

 
 

 
 

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Chuck E. Weiss

Another set of black and white negatives has been opened. The neg envelope says "184 - Eric Carmen" but I found so much more. I somehow managed to shoot three musicians, three different nights, on one roll of film. And that's only 36 frames, potentially giving me 12 frames each. I took 10 photos of Eric Carmen, 15 photos of Andrew Gold (who I will highlight tomorrow), and 12 of Chuck E. Weiss. Oops that's 39 frames...I was always really good at getting the most out of a roll of film. I'm just wondering why I called the roll Eric Carmen since he has the least number of photos. He was the last one on the roll so I think I was paid to shoot him and I have another roll kicking around that also has backstage pics. May post some pics of him when I come across the other shots.

The surprise on this roll of film - there's always a surprise - was the last frame of Chuck E's. He was the first one on the roll and when I got to frame 12 I couldn't believe it. I actually had to message Sir Weiss to ask him if this other guy had ever played with him or whether this other guy had a twin. He verified it was indeed the musician I thought it was. Damn. I really wish I had gone through all my negatives one-by-one when I was creating Everybody I Shot Is Dead because I could have added this photograph to his section. I was not happy that I only had one photo to represent him in the book. And this one is such a beautiful and happy photograph of both of them. Today, I am happy to unveil this special photograph for the first time. Chuck E. Weiss with the late, great Ronnie Barron. This and the other never-before-seen photographs in this post were shot at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in March, 1976.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lastly, for those of you who missed out on the short film I made of Chuck E. Weiss and released last summer, hit the play button....