Prior to taking the stage before 50,000 people, photographer Michael Zagaris captures the Who's principal songwriter in a private moment. Perhaps he sensed this would be their last US show with Keith Moon? This Day on the Green was one of a series of massive day festivals that Bill Graham presented for the Bay Area, and he always secured massive headliners, the Who being no exception. This snapshot of Pete Townshend is a rare moment of quiet before the band exploded onstage. Of this performance, Michael Zagaris says, "On this day they were incredibly dynamic."
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.