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Dolly_Parton
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Backstage With Paul: Dolly Parton

In 1977, a local country music magazine asked me to do a photo shoot with a country star by the name of Dolly Parton. They gave me her hotel information and room number. It was a much calmer time in those days! I showed up at the appointed time and knocked on her door. She […]
Backstage With Paul: Anthrax & Public Enemy
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Backstage With Paul: Anthrax & Public Enemy

I have been friends with the guys in Anthrax for their entire career. Back in the beginning, when their first album came out, I was regularly selling pictures to Playboy Magazine. I met up with the band backstage at the Aragon Ballroom, and in the course of the conversation, I told them that if they […]
Backstage With Paul - All Access
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Backstage With Paul: All Access

In 1976, I was breaking into the business, but I didn’t know how to get access to shows. One night, I went to the Ivanhoe Theater in Chicago to try to talk my way in. I figured a small place would be easier. I went to the backstage door and started talking to the guy […]
Backstage With Paul: Location, Location, Location!
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Backstage With Paul: Location, Location, Location!

Like in real estate, location is what it is all about in photography. Often I am given about two minutes when I walk into a venue or hotel to find a location to shoot a portrait. Sometimes it just comes to me. Walking around on stage during a television taping with Count Basie, I looked […]
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Backstage With Paul: A Sold Out Night With O.A.R.

In March of 2003, I got a call from a publicist from Lave Records, asking me if I wanted to do a shoot with a band she worked with. They were called O.A.R., and they were playing at the Aragon Ballroom. I had never heard of them, and figured that they were the opening act. […]
Backstage With Paul: The US Festival
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Backstage With Paul: The US Festival

In 1983, I decided that it would probably be a good idea if I started branching out from just shooting in Chicago. My first destination was the US Festival in Ontario, California, on May 28th, 29th and 30th of 1983. I called a publicist that I knew was working with the festival, which was organized […]
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Backstage With Paul: On Tour With The Stones

Early in 1989, I read an article in Rolling Stone that said that the Stones were going out on tour later in the year. I sent the same letter to Keith’s manager that I had sent the year before, “Heard you guys are going out on the road. Call me if you need a photographer.” […]
Backstage With Paul: On The Bus With Keith Richards
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Backstage With Paul: On The Bus With Keith Richards

In August of 1988, my next door neighbor, Don McLeese (who was the music critic for the Chicago Sun Times), asked me if I would like to go to New York with him the next day to shoot pictures while he interviewed Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. As Keith was one of my only […]
Backstage With Paul: Chicago Blues
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Backstage With Paul: Chicago Blues

When I was a kid, I started listening to Blues music and grew to be a big fan. I always wanted to meet the guys making the music, and getting in this business made that come true. In 1977, I went to a concert at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago and photographed Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter. The next […]
The Jacksons & Kansas City BBQ
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Backstage With Paul: The Jacksons & Kansas City BBQ

In early July, Rolling Stone called and asked me to go to the Jacksons’ Victory Tour opening in Kansas City. Turns out, they liked the Springsteen and Prince photos, too. I flew down the night before the first show and went to the press conference at the Hyatt in downtown Kansas City. What a circus! […]
Backstage With Paul: Dancing In The Dark
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Backstage With Paul: Dancing In The Dark

At this point in time, one thing lead to another and another and another for Paul. People began to take notice of his work behind the lens and they wanted a piece of what Paul was capturing for their artists, too… “When I got back from Minneapolis for Prince’s birthday party, I sent some of […]
Backstage With Paul: Prince’s Birthday Party
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Backstage With Paul: Prince’s Birthday Party

By now Paul Natkin’s work was speaking for itself. Gone were the days of calling EVERY magazine on the planet to get an assignment. Getting into a local Chicago concert as a photographer for the evening was no longer in doubt. What Paul captured through his lens was in high demand and there were times […]
Backstage With Paul: The Beginning Of Farm Aid
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Backstage With Paul: The Beginning Of Farm Aid

During the MTV Live Aid broadcast, Bob Dylan made a comment. He said, “We need to do this for the American Farmers!” Willie Nelson was watching the show, and he agreed. So he called his friend Jim Thompson, the Governor of Illinois at the time, and also called his friend John Mellencamp and said, “Give […]
Live Aid… No One Knew What To Expect
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Backstage With Paul: Live Aid… No One Knew What To Expect

Now while it may be true that you need talent and timing to make it in this business of rock n’ roll, it also helps to have some friends in high places. Today, Paul Natkin has friends of all types of status all over the world… I’ve witnessed greetings from rock stars, management, club owners, […]
Backstage With Paul: The Shot Seen Around The World
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Backstage With Paul: The Shot Seen Around The World

Now, I’ll bet money that you’ve seen this image before. Even if you’re not a fan of Ozzy or metal music, you have seen this image before. It has appeared in many sizes on all types of collectible material. The cover art for the Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads Tribute album, posters, t-shirts, even those cheap […]
Those 80s Bands That Had A Lot Of Hair
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Backstage With Paul: Those 80s Bands That Had A Lot Of Hair

“At this point in his career, Paul Natkin was starting to make a name for himself as a rock photographer… enough experience to shoot with the best out there, but still young and crazy enough to actually tour with these bands as their official camera man…” In the early 1980s, metal bands realized that by […]