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 did something crazy, I could get them into Playboy. So they all piled on to a couch, and the rest is history! They still announce me as the guy who got them into Playboy every time I walk into their dressing room.
In June of 1991, they did a collaboration with Public Enemy on the song “Bring The Noise.” The video was shot in Chicago, and seeing as I also worked with Public Enemy a few times, I was asked to shoot stills during the video shoot. So we traveled around Chicago, shooting most of the video at a park on the corner of 18th and Clark Street. During a lunch break, I turned around to see Flavor Flav trying to figure out what lox was. So I went over to him and showed him how to make a lox and bagel sandwich. Just doing my part for bringing social groups together!
About Paul Natkin
Paul Natkin learned photography in the trenches, working with his father, the team photographer of the Chicago Bulls. He shot sports in the Chicago area for five years before he discovered music photography in 1976. Since then, he has photographed most of the major music stars of the last half of the 20th century, shooting album covers for artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Johnny Winter and magazine covers for Newsweek (Bruce Springsteen), Ebony (Tina Turner), People (Prince), and music magazines around the world. See his work online at natkin.net.