After the July 23rd Oakland "Day on the Green" show, a Bill Graham staffer was severely beaten for asking Peter Grant's [Zeppelin's manager] kid to return signage, torn down from dressing room doors. After an initial kick in the groin by Drummer, John Bonham, Zeppelin "security forces", including Grant, locked the BGP employee in a trailer and savagely beat him. Led Zeppelin's second Oakland show took place only after Bill Graham signed a letter of indemnification absolving Zeppelin from responsibility for the previous night's assault. The letter, signed by Graham under duress and with his left hand, was considered invalid, and Bonham, Grant and two security thugs were arrested.
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.