Music lovers today would be shocked to hear concert photographer Larry Hulst’s memories of attending shows in the 1960s and 1970s.
Like how people would hear by word of mouth that a band was coming to town rather than being inundated with concert announcements. Hulst lived in Sacramento, Calif. In the late ’60s and went to the box office the night before the show to line up and make sure he got in.
âNow with all the computerized ticketing, I can be in Europe and buy tickets for Red Rocks,â Hulst said from his home in Colorado Springs. âIt was more of a success story to get a ticket (at the time). And if you went to a big show, it could cost $ 4.50 to $ 6. That hasn’t changed until probably the 1980s. I would go to A Day on the Green with five or six groups and pay $ 12 to see national artists.
Hulst has hundreds of colorful stories, as he has watched over 4,200 concerts in his 75th birthday and has taken countless photos of iconic musicians along the way, including Elton John, Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden.
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These famous black and white photos have been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, Time and Guitar Player magazines and were selected for album art by Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. He has been represented by Getty Images, one of the world’s largest photo agencies, and has been the subject of more than 40 museum exhibits across the country, including at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.
About two dozen of his photos will be on display in the new “I Knew Where To Stand” exhibition at the Art & Frame Co. Academy. Hulst will be in attendance for the opening reception on Friday. The show is up until December.
âEvery time I saw Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page it was pretty good,â Hulst said. âA Grateful Dead concert in 1978 was pretty good. It lasted until 7 a.m. Every time I went to a big show I had a great time. I haven’t had too many bad times.
Hulst never imagined his life would turn out this way. He was just a guy who loved music and taking pictures. It all started after he returned from Vietnam service in 1969 and graduated from American River College in Sacramento. He was walking around campus with his camera, eventually catching the attention of the school newspaper staff. His concert photos were printed and caught the attention of the owner and founder of Tower Records, who asked Hulst to sell his portraits outside his Sacramento record store for $ 2-3.
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This is what he did for the next 18 years.
âI didn’t sell that many,â Hulst said, âbut it was enough to buy concert tickets and gasoline to get there and a meal. I started taking concert photos to make sure I had money for food.
To earn money, he worked for 27 years as a full-time photographer for the US government, which included a stint at the Air Force Academy. He retired in 2010.
Nowadays, the music lover does not attend many live shows, especially since the pandemic has made its way with concert halls. He prefers to spend his money watching local musicians. He did, however, check tickets for last month’s Grateful Dead shows in Denver. The cost of two tickets was prohibitive at $ 260.
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âWe turned around and did pay-per-view. I liked it, actually, âhe said. “I pooped it for a long time in its early days, but now bands have gotten so expensive.”
But he misses being there in person, pointing his camera at the musical legends and capturing them in their glory.
âI miss all the excitement of attending the show, talking to new people, standing in line, walking in and being in the crowd,â Hulst said. “There was no energy in the living room.”
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