The Jackson 5 changed the music business. Brought up under the wing of Diana Ross in the Motown family, they were the first black teen idols to appeal to both black and white audiences. The quintet reached mass pop appeal with catchy pop tunes, flashy fashion, and trend-setting dance moves. For many, this was a backlash to the folk movement - a glittery, delightful new presence in the mainstream of pop culture.
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.