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Jam photographer Jay Blakesberg: "I consider myself to be a visual anthropologist"

For someone who's been shooting concerts since the '70s, you'd think Jay Blakesberg would be burned out on music. Not so much, it turns out. On the heels of releasing his latest book, JAM, Blakesberg is still striving to capture the feverish energy that explodes from the stages when the greatest jam musicians trade notes. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix and Acoustic Guitar, and he's photographed everyone from the Grateful Dead and Phish to the Rolling Stones and Tom Petty. We recently spoke with the legendary photographer about how he decides which photos make the cut.

See also: Jay Blakesberg JAM book release at Knew Conscious Gallery, 12/7/13

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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