Playing to over 5,000 people, the sick-of-playing, sick-of-each-other Sex Pistols took the stage and pounded the audience. A wigged-out Sid Vicious played variously off-key and not at all, Steve Jones and Paul Cook played through equipment cut offs, and Johnny Rotten delivered his now famous bon mot: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" This Winterland concert was the last for the original Sex Pistols. Johnny Rotten walked off the stage and out of the band that night, and a year later Sid Vicious overdosed while awaiting his trial for the knifing murder of his girlfriend. Some say that this concert marked the beginning of the long demise of punk rock itself. Anyone who was there knew they'd seen something extraordinary.
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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.