Rock n' Roll PhotographsClassic Rock Groups from the 60's & 70's
Led Zeppelin - Thee Image Club, N. Miami Beach, Florida - February 15, 1969
I was fortunate not only to be able to photograph John “Bonzo” Bonham, Led Zeppelin’s drummer, but actually meet and talk to him. You can read the story of our meeting here.
John is considered by many to be the best rock drummer in history. I was so pleased to see his son, Jason, playing with Led Zeppelin at their O2 Arena Reunion Concert on December 10, 2007. They originally broke up the group after Bonham’s death in 1980.
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida - April 10, 1970
I shot these photographs 47 years ago today. This is the second time I photographed Led Zeppelin.
Here is the background of the photographs, a story of how I met the band.
This one’s a classic from March 1, 1969. There is a 16″ x 20″ of this, that I printed and signed, hanging in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It’s Jim Morrison at the infamous Miami concert.
Some of you know the whole story, others don’t know any of it. I was his first defense witness at his trial. You can read the whole story at www.TreeO.com/Morrison.
Dinner Key Auditorium - Miami, Florida - March 1, 1969
I shot this photograph of Jim at the infamous concert in Miami, Florida in 1969. Many of you know I testified at his trial as his first defense witness. Here is the story.
Last year, I produced this posterized version.
February 15, 1969 at Thee Image Club, North Miami Beach.
On this day, 48 years ago, I took this classic rock photograph of Led Zeppelin. It was the last stop of their first U.S. tour.
You can read the full story of my meeting with Led Zeppelin here.
Frank posed for this portrait between sets.
Meditation Room of Thee Image, N. Miami Beach, Florida - February 7, 1969
More of my photographs of Rock legends here.
February 7, 1969 at Thee Image, N. Miami Beach, Florida
Frank Zappa with the Mothers of Invention.
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Thee Image Club - 1969 - N. Miami Beach, Florida - February 7, 1969
Took this photograph on this date in 1969. (48 years ago. Is it possible I’m that old?)
Also, on this date, 14 years ago, my father passed away. I’m thinking of you, dad, miss you …
Happy Birthday Ashton Kutcher and Charles Dickens !
David E. LeVine
Photographer & Web Developer
In the late sixties and early seventies, I wanted to do special effects photography. The only market, at that time, was album covers and posters for rock groups.
I never realized that someday the photographs would be classics as straight images.
StoriesJim Morrison’s Miami Trial
Backstage with Zeppelin