Originating in the legendary Bay Area punk venue 924 Gilman Street, Green Day broke out to mainstream success by selling 20 million copies worldwide of their 1994 debut album, Dookie. Along with other California bands, like Rancid, The Offspring and Sublime they re- popularized punk rock music of the previous 15 years, by using it as an influence to create a sound and statement all their own.
Michael Zagaris, known as 'the Z-man', offers the performer's eye view in his photography. Zagaris became the Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin; not vicariously but actually. He donned the make-up and ran down the tunnel onto the stage. As an insider in those days, he took photographs of what was, not what one expected to see, and as an insider today he does the same thing for 21st century bands and artists. As team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers, a title he achieved in '73, and for the Oakland A's, Zagaris is sports' inside-out shooter. Ankles taped and knee pad-clad, he's the guy so familiar to the players that they see him as their own.