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Photo of The Week – Johnny Winter

Photo of The Week – Johnny Winter

Photo of The Week is Johnny Winter! It’s not only what Johnny Winter did that made him great but also when he did it. He and his brother were so far ahead of their time. Despite his health issues, he made extraordinary music with the slightest of ease. And when it came to the blues! He could easily tear up the stage with no apologies and the crowds loved him for it! Plus, he’s always been an inexhaustible source of incredible Blues riffs.

We not only lost a great performer and guitarist, but also, we lost a virtual Blues encyclopedia. Check out Winter performing “Be Careful With A Fool” Circa 1970 with Tommy Shannon on bass and Uncle John Turner on Drums. Later he goes on to produce a couple of muddy waters albums. Plus, he also sat in all the blues unplugged sessions with muddy, junior wells, Albert king, and many more! 

About The Venue In The Photo:

This is a performance that takes place in a concert hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands. More specifically at “The Royal Concertgebouw” with its superb acoustics, it’s among the finest concert halls in the world. Right along with Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna.

Another fun fact about this place is that On 17 September 1969, British rock band, Pink Floyd performs their “The Man and The Journey” show at Concertgebouw. Which later is part of “The Early Years” box set. So, in comparison, it’s along the lines of Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl and Rainbow Theatre. The more you know!

About the Photo:

What a great picture of Winter performing live! The Photo is taken by Dutch photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot circa 1970 in Amsterdam. 

About the photographer

Dutch photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot (Brussels, 1945) starts his career as a photographer of rock musicians in the late sixties. Back then, the rock scene isn’t quite the well-oiled machine it is today. Things still had to be invented. Light installations, sound, promotion, organization, crowd control. This also applies to music journalism and photography.

Hanekroot’s development as a photographer essentially ran parallel to developments in the music scene. He travelled frequently and came face to face with the music icons of that period. Gijsbert stopped being a professional photographer in 1983 and became an entrepreneur. A few years ago, he began to digitize his archives. Which later leads to seventies Rock Photography and exhibitions all over the world.

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Credits: Alamy – T67NCJ / Videos: KanalMJ & ognet 

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