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Wednesday, 24 March 2004

Pix Of The Day: Popa Chubby's Black Coffee Blues
CREDIT: © Anja Behrens/Live-Pics.de
WHERE: mostly Germany. WHAT: live concert pictures.
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Popa Chubby 1 © Anja BehrensPopa Chubby 3 © Anja BehrensPopa Chubby 7 © Anja BehrensPopa Chubby 6 © Anja BehrensPopa Chubby 4 © Anja Behrens
If you ever tried to take a picture at a concert, especially one with lighting as opposed to just being lit, you will probably have been disappointed with the results. Take heart, everything was against you: light levels, light colors, distances, and the stances of the artists, not to mention lighting changes just as you fired the camera shutter.

This particular discipline of photography is one where few succeed. Today we visit Anja Behrens, a Damstadt, Germany, Konzerfotografien specialist! That is the only German word you will need, though if we wanted to strut our stuff we might add the sub title Ein Archiv mit Fotografien von Livekonzerten.

The site is just that: a visual archive of live concert performance photographs. Reading requirements in any language are minimal, though it might help if you recognized one of the following acts:

B.B. King, Brings, Bryan Adams, Burning Spear, Candy Dulfer, Company of Snakes, Deep Purple, Doro, Doyle Bramhall II, Dr. Feelgood, Eels, Eric Clapton, Ezio, Gary Moore, Heather Nova, HIM, Johnny Winter, Keith Caputo, King Crimson, Lukather & Winter, Manfred Man's Earthband, Mark Knopfler, Mick Taylor, Mob Rules, Motorpsycho, Neil Young, Nuthin' But…, Paddy Goes to Holyhead, Popa Chubby, Robben Ford, Roger Chapman, Scott Henderson, Spencer Davis Group, The Tubes, Tommy and the Moondoogs, Toploader, Uriah Heep, Walter Trout.

Yes, Popa Chubby was the name that caught our eye, too. We thought that Paddy Goes to Holyhead was a better musical joke than Mozart's K.522, though we are insufficiently knowledgeable to comment upon the relative merits of the music.

Anybody heard of B.B. King or Eric Clapton? Must be local acts, we guessed. You may catch up with Popa Chubby on the dedicated web site, and if you live in New York City you may care to try some Black Coffee Blues on the first Friday of every month at the Waterfront Alehouse on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

Popa Chubby offers a free download of the track 'Somebody Let the Devil Out' from the album 'The Good, The Bad, And The Chubby', said to be a "killer fusion of stone blues, psychedelic rock, and trip-hop that may be the best 9/11 inspired song out there." Also available from Amazon is 'Daddy Played The Guitar And Mama Was A Disco Queen' from the album 'How'd A White Boy Get The Blues?', however, a straighforward sign-in is required if you do not already have an Amazon account.

NOTE: the photo link on the Heather Nova page was broken when we visited, but the link we have just given will take you to the appropriate resources.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)