this is the acting on camera era


It was era of rock and roll and Led Zeppelin was one of my favorite bands of the time. They were at the time Hard Rock and Blues. What a talented group of musicians. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. I was fortunate enough to see them play 4 times and 4 different tours. This was my last time seeing them and having my camera with me.

Back then they did not care about cameras in the audience as they do today. I would walk around and act as if i’m from the newspaper or some source for musicians, and no one bothered me. I could walk right up to the front or side of the stage. There were even times where I went back stage, although not with Led Zeppelin.

I had my Nikon F/2 and a small bag that held two lenses and more film. As long as you look and act the part no one bothered me and I just kept on moving around and shooting.

I would take 2 rolls of black & white Kodak Tri-X, Kodak high speed slide film, and a couple rolls of color.


I found this list posted on twitter by Teenage Fanclub’s very own Norman Blake who was pointing out that the guy who recorded all these acts was heavily involved in the new Teenage Fanclub album.

So not being able to resist ephemera from the Glasgow music scene of teh early 80s I had a look and among the pop legends of the era such as Aztec Camera, Orange Juice and The Bluebells there was also the less acclaimed Dreamboys!

The guy is called Davy Henderson and as the list shows he recorded The Dreamboys on 3 occasions in 1980/81. A bit of hunting around on the internet also reveals that he was a member of Glasgow band The Fire Engines which Peter name-checked in a fan encounter video with the band “The Safety Fire” at Glasgow Central station back in 2013.