Deeper Digs in Rock: No Cameras Allowed with Julian David Stone
At the Aftermaster studios in Hollywood, The Rock N Roll Archaeologists sits down with ex-outlaw photographer, Julian David Stone.
What’s an “outlaw photographer”? It used to be, anyone with a camera at rock n roll shows needed to be vetted and credentialed by the band and promoters. Every ticket would be printed with, “No Cameras Allowed”. And so Julian, unvetted and uncredentialed, became an outlaw from 1981-1987.
Julian David Stone grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, eventually relocating to Los Angeles to study filmmaking and then enter the entertainment business. Other work besides this book includes screenplays for Disney, Paramount, Sony, and MGM; the full-length play, The Elvis Test; and several short-form documentaries on Frank Sinatra for Warner Bros. He is also the writer and director of the hit cult comedy feature film, Follow the Bitch, which has played to packed houses all around the country and received numerous awards. Recently he began writing books, with his award-winning debut novel, The Strange Birth, Short life, and Sudden Death of Justice Girl, about the world of the 1950s live television, currently being turned into a TV series.
No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer tells the story, in words and photos, of how Julian David Stone, entirely by sneaking his equipment into concerts, amassed an incredible archive of over ten thousand rock and roll photos. Starting by simply stashing a camera in his socks, then taping equipment all over his body, to finally customizing a jacket to hide equipment from security guards, he shot dozens of the 1980s greatest acts: Prince, U2, the Police, David Bowie, R.E.M., the Ramones, Elvis Costello, the Talking Heads, the Grateful Dead, Joan Jett, and many, many more. Culled from this incredible, never-before-seen archive, this book contains over 250 of his best photos, along with some of the craziest adventures he had as he evaded oversized roadies, aggressive security, and more than a few drunken fans.