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Twenty Years of Live Music on Local Stages: Photos by John Carrico

Photo By Jeff Rome

You've seen them in the nightclubs and at concerts: press photographers. Like the music writers they often accompany, these equipment-laden men and women spend countless nights standing in dark, smoky rooms and phosphorescent arenas waiting for their shot. When it occurs, they're not assured its capture; even with the advent of digital cameras, getting one good picture can take rolls of film, not to mention dealing with the dread "mike in the mouth" syndrome. With little fanfare but impressive results, local photographer John Carrico has been documenting music in Austin for nearly two decades. He's long been the Chronicle's man in the clubs -- Johnny-on-the-Spot -- always ready to take an assignment, always ready to take a photograph on a moment's notice. The images he presents here, a collection of Austin "Roadshows" from the last 20 years, are galvanizing -- rocking, subtle, unforgettable. From Willie Dixon and the Grateful Dead to Iggy Pop and Sonic Youth, Carrico's pictures are a constant reminder that capturing the magic of live music burns the images in the minds of its fans forever. Forget the thousand words, let the pictures tell the story.

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