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Tina Turner, Paris 1971
by Bruno Ducourant
Tina Turner performing live in the Olympia theatre Paris. She was wearing her famous Paco Rabanne dress and had an apparent ´wardrobe malfunction´
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"The pictures are great, but who the f**k are those guys ?" Bruno Ducourant : “I was a young student from Versailles who started studying literature after High School. As I was crazy about music and thought I might do photography and text writing and be sure to get an entrance to all great concerts. London was not very far and starting 1969 I visited the British capital frequently. Pretty soon I was more in London than at the faculty of Nanterre. I quickly came up with the idea to offer my photos to music magazines and as there were few in France I first tried the one I was reading every month: Rock & Folk (which stills exists). I very soon had an answer, "The pictures are great, but who the f**k are those guys ?" I was shooting bands which, at that time, were still unknown in France.
And so, using my literary skills, I started writing articles on the musicians I was shooting. This is how I started up. Then I moved to the magazine “Best” and later to "Extra", before getting into advertising and television as a director. Et puis Jean-Louis Rancurel, photographe lui aussi, et qui œuvrait depuis plus longtemps que moi dans le métier (et qui aujourd'hui court toujours les salles de concerts) m'a suggéré d'aller montrer mes photos au magazine Best, qui débutait. One day, Jean-Louis Rancurel (who was in the music photography business years before me, and who still shoots artists in Paris) suggested the magazine "Best" which has just been launched. My first picture published in Best generated approximately 50 French Francs (less than 10€, very generous if you realise that the editor at the time was already driving a Ferrari. Nevertheless, I slowly found myself motivated. When my first shot has been published in Rock & Folk magazine and with my name in the corner I was pounding my chest and felt like I was the king of the world a long time before Leonardo) . So I went back to London with buckets full of energy. Everyone was buying lots of records at the time. Pictures, interviews, I made hundreds of photo’s but at the time we were all limited by financial means. You had to buy rolls, colour was three times as expensive as black & white so… a film had to be developed, produce contact sheets, possibly prints. We were young and nothing was easy. What helped at the time was "charme" and bluff. I could arrive with a copy of Rock & Folk under my arm, just saying "well, I work here", and doors would open for me. I have even signed the Golden Book of the Marquee Club, where I never paid entrance fee. Musicians finally get used to see us in the first rows, gig after gig. We were in the same boat in a way. I remember Alvin Lee's Ten Years After (one of the bands I have seen more than ten times)… One night, after the last gig, Ric Lee, the drummer, took his sticks, walked out the club and returned home on the tube, his snare drum under his arm. Since then, backstage passes have been invented, as well as bodyguards, limos, security rules, etc.. Not for the best… I was quite lucky to be there at the very beginning. The group I admired the most at the time was John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers, - who are still touring today, five days a week on the road. In the seventies, Mayall was named "the Godfather of the British blues. À cette époque, tout musicien un temps soit-peu désireux de se faire un nom se devait de passer chez Mayall. John, c'était un peu le "Pôle emploi" du blues. Quelques-uns des plus grands l'ont accompagné : Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Aynsley Dunbar, Jack Bruce… et bien-sûr Mick Taylor avant de rejoindre les Rolling Stones. At that time every musician planning to be a professional and do a career had to get John Mayall's blessing. Some of the best have been his sidemen : : Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Aynsley Dunbar, Jack Bruce… and of course Mick Taylor before joining the Rolling Stones. C’étaient de belles années. La crème de la crème était là. Profusion de noms, de titres fabuleux. Acrylic Rock Aujourd’hui, resté curieux de toutes les formes d'expressions graphiques et photographiques, Bruno Ducourant fait "parler" les photos dont il est l'auteur à coups de pleins et de déliés acryliques ; sur fond de photos noir et blanc les carrières et les hits se lisent en filigrane. Because he is a photographer and a writer who loves words and images that talk, Bruno Ducourant melts both languages : hits and careers dance around the rock stars black and white snapshots in a calligraphic swirl of colors.
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