"These guys were so great to be around. I mean, they're just what I'm talking about, about people being really open... fun loving guys. We did this group setup for MCA records, which was their label. I remember we used Herbie Green's studio here in town. This was the second to last group shot they ever did before the plane went down the following September; we did this December 30th and then they had a New Years concert at the Oakland Coliseum. After the concert we almost got kicked out of the hotel—in fact, they might have got kicked out of the hotel; I hear the police were on their way so I went down the back stairs and got in my car and left." -Michael Zagaris
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.