By the time this photograph was taken in 1969 by prolific East Coast rock photographer Joe Sia, the Everly Brothers had already laid claim to storied pasts, both professionally and personally. For the two brothers, the 1960s were a decade of tumultuous change—they left their label, Cadence, for a deal with Warner Brothers, served a collective stint in the Marine Corps, saw a decline in record sales and musical output, and endured through Don's near fatal addiction to speed. Life seemed to stabilize for the Midwestern-born duo by the end of the decade, and this candid shot testifies to their musical duality, two-part harmonies, and graceful stage presence before their acrimonious split in '73. That was, of course, until the early '80s when they reunited; the duo continues to perform today.
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Joe Sia was a shooting star, a genuine, hands-down, everyone-agrees-on-this star at shooting [photographs], and his departure from this planet in 2003 at the tender age of 57 was too soon for a man of his talent. Born in the Bronx and a committed Yankees man, Joe loved music and gravitated around the Fillmore East and the flower-power youth-culture rock scene from whence he set out to capture some of the most incredible sounds of the last half-century. How could Joe capture sounds on camera film? He did it by focusing on the faces of the performers and the woozing-oozing crowd and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.