SXSW 2010

I was asked to be on a panel about Rock Photography at the SXSW festival so I went to Austin for the first time this year. More than 2000 bands play there over 5 days, most of them more than once, so it’s a circus of music overload. If you see 10 shows a day you still miss 490! I managed to have a great time seeing mostly old friends and some new ones too.

Famed photographer and DJ, BP Fallon did an unusual set of spoken work with backup from Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison (of Blondie) and a great guitarist, Aaron Lee Tasjan.

Famed photographer and DJ, BP Fallon did an unusual set of spoken work with backup from Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison (of Blondie) and a great guitarist, Aaron Lee Tasjan.

(L-R) Aaron Lee Tasjan, Clem Burke of Blondie, BP Fallon and Nigel Harrison of Blondie on stage during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 17, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Michael Monroe, Steve Conte & Sami Yaffa backstage after their set at the Austin Music Hall.

Michael Monroe, Steve Conte & Sami Yaffa backstage after their set at the Austin Music Hall.

(L-R) Michael Monroe, Steve Conte and Sami Yaffa backstage at the Austin Music Hall during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 17, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The scene on 6th street reminded me of Bourbon Street in New Orleans on a good night. There are dozens of bars, all filled with music.

The scene on 6th street reminded me of Bourbon Street in New Orleans on a good night. There are dozens of bars, all filled with music.

6th Street during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 17, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Suzanne Vega played a beautiful show at St Andrews Church.

Suzanne Vega played a beautiful show at St Andrews Church.

Suzanne Vega on stage at St. Andrews Church during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 17, 2010.© Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Dave Marsh led a very interesting interview with Smokey Robinson for the Keynote address.

Dave Marsh led a very interesting interview with Smokey Robinson for the Keynote address.

Dave Marsh and Smokey Robinson on stage at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 18, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Cheetah Chrome & Syl Sylvain showed their new band "Batusis" at the Prague club. It was so crowded with friends that it reminded some of CBGB in the old days.

Cheetah Chrome & Syl Sylvain showed their new band “Batusis” at the Prague club. It was so crowded with friends that it reminded some of CBGB in the old days.

Cheetah Chrome and Syl Sylvain as Batusis at The Prague Club in Austin, TX. March 18, 2010. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-271

Over at La Zona Rosa Ray Davies sang and told stories to the audience and we all had a good time.

Ray Davies, Austin - 2010
Over at La Zona Rosa Ray Davies sang and told stories to the audience and we all had a good time.
Over at La Zona Rosa Ray Davies sang and told stories to the audience and we all had a good time.

Ray Davies of The Kinks on stage at La Zona Rosa during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 18, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After Ray's show I got to see Roky Erickson of 13th Floor Elevators for the first time. It was cool to finally see him on home turf in Austin. 'I walked with the Zombies' for days as the song stuck in my head.

After Ray’s show I got to see Roky Erickson of 13th Floor Elevators for the first time. It was cool to finally see him on home turf in Austin. ‘I walked with the Zombies’ for days as the song stuck in my head.

Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators on stage during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 19, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

DJ Spooky had a band including strings and piano playing versions of music from classical to Led Zeppelin.

DJ Spooky and The Golden Hornet Project, Austin - 2010
DJ Spooky had a band including strings and piano playing versions of music from classical to Led Zeppelin.
DJ Spooky had a band including strings and piano playing versions of music from classical to Led Zeppelin.

DJ Spooky and the Golden Hornet Project on stage at The Independent during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 19, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The music never stops at SXSW. Late at night a musician serenaded a young lady near my hotel.

The music never stops at SXSW. Late at night a musician serenaded a young lady near my hotel.

Local musician during SXSW on the streets of Austin, TX. March 19, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

During a brief stop at the Levi's Fort I saw Cherie Currie showing off her chain saw sculpting skills. The new Runaways film is based on Cherie's book, which has a photo of mine on the cover.

During a brief stop at the Levi’s Fort I saw Cherie Currie showing off her chain saw sculpting skills. The new Runaways film is based on Cherie’s book, which has a photo of mine on the cover.

Cherie Currie of The Runaway's chain saw sculpture displayed at Levi's Fort during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 19, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Don Letts was in Austin to premier his new film about the Strummerville charity and he was joined at the screening by Joe Strummer's daughter Lola.

Don Letts was in Austin to premier his new film about the Strummerville charity and he was joined at the screening by Joe Strummer’s daughter Lola.

Lola Strummer and Don Letts during the premiere of 'Strummerville' at the Paramount during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 19, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Smokey Robinson was the best show I saw at SXSW. He played at the Austin Music Hall and while there were a lot of new young groups playing in Austin, none was better than this master performer.

Smokey Robinson, Austin - 2010
Smokey Robinson was the best show I saw at SXSW. He played at the Austin Music Hall and while there were a lot of new young groups playing in Austin, none was better than this master performer.
Smokey Robinson was the best show I saw at SXSW. He played at the Austin Music Hall and while there were a lot of new young groups playing in Austin, none was better than this master performer.

Smokey Robinson on stage at Austin Music Hall during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 19, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Wayne Kramer and Billy Bragg played with some local musicians to celebrate their visit to the nearby jail in connection with their charity "Jail Guitar Doors", which brings guitars to prisoners.

Jail Guitar Doors, Austin - 2010
Wayne Kramer and Billy Bragg played with some local musicians to celebrate their visit to the nearby jail in connection with their charity "Jail Guitar Doors", which brings guitars to prisoners.
Wayne Kramer and Billy Bragg played with some local musicians to celebrate their visit to the nearby jail in connection with their charity “Jail Guitar Doors”, which brings guitars to prisoners.

(L-R) Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, Wayne Kramer and Billy Bragg with local musicians as Jail Guitar Doors on stage at the Ghost Room during SXSW in Austin, TX. March 20, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Jakob Dylan sang at the Rachael Ray picnic at Stubbs where the food was as good as the music.

Jakob Dylan sang at the Rachael Ray picnic at Stubbs where the food was as good as the music.

Jakob Dylan on stage during the Rachael Ray party at SXSW in Austin, TX. March 20, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Alejandro Escovedo & Lenny Kaye get close after playing at Maria's Taco Express, and again the food was as good as the music.

Alejandro Escovedo & Lenny Kaye get close after playing at Maria’s Taco Express, and again the food was as good as the music.

Alejandro Escovedo and Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group at Maria's Taco Xpress in Austin, TX. March 20, 2010. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-173

I finished my visit to Austin by catching wild woman Courtney Love rocking out at 3am!

I finished my visit to Austin by catching wild woman Courtney Love rocking out at 3am!

Courtney Love on stage during the Perez Hilton party at SXSW in Austin, TX. March 21, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Then I went to Los Angeles for a benefit for the Anaheim University Film Institute. They are starting an education program named after my friend the late Carrie Hamilton and invited me to say a few words at the dinner, after which I got to say hello to Carrie's mom Carol Burnett.

Then I went to Los Angeles for a benefit for the Anaheim University Film Institute. They are starting an education program named after my friend the late Carrie Hamilton and invited me to say a few words at the dinner, after which I got to say hello to Carrie’s mom Carol Burnett.

Carol Burnett and Bob Gruen during an Anaheim University Film Institute benefit for the Carrie Hamilton education program in Los Angeles, CA. March 23, 2010. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com