Today, the Spotlight shines On an episode from about a year ago, our conversation with photographer Harold Sherrick. Harold joined Spotlight On to talk about A Pig's Tale, a book he co-authored which tells the story of the legendary bootleg record label, Trade Mark of Quality, and the adventures of its founders in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Trade Mark of Quality was really the first bootleg record label of its kind, spawning many later imitators. From the end of the '60s to the mid '70s, the label released groundbreaking bootlegs from Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and countless others. A Pig’s Tale tells the stories of the releases, the cast of characters and includes beautiful images of all of the records.
Harold takes us back to a free-wheeling time in an industry just on the cusp of corporatization. We are excited to resurface this conversation to you.
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Harold Sherrick was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in the turbulent 1960s, he was greatly affected by the politics, the war, and the music of the times. More than anything, the music influenced the direction of his life. Harold grew up listening to Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. The first concert he attended was The Beatles at Dodger Stadium in 1966, sparking his love for the exciting and passionate energy concerts create.
Harold met the Pigman as a teen and began traveling with him all over the Los Angeles Basin distributing bootlegs, attending the concerts Pigman recorded, and grooving to the music. Around the same time, he picked up the camera and began photographing live concerts, which quickly grew into a passion and a profession. Since then, Harold’s notoriety has grown and his photos have appeared in books and magazines around the world, including Mojo, Guitar Player, and Goldmine. In addition to shooting from the front row of many of the greatest concerts Los Angeles has ever seen, he has also captured the action backstage and taken portraits of some of music’s greatest. His photography includes artists such as Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, June Carter Cash, Sheryl Crow, Dave Grohl, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, The Bee Gees, U2, and Tori Amos, among other greats.
His first book, entitled Stolen Moments: The Photography of Harold Sherrick, includes many of his most iconic shots. A Pig’s Tale is his second book, but certainly not his last.