Music photographer Larry Hulst's sound advice 

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Larry Hulst has been a professional photographer since graduating from college in 1969 and going to work as the concert photographer at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. His photos have subsequently appeared on the covers of albums by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin and AC/DC to Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton. In 1993, he moved to Colorado Springs to accept a position as photographer at the Air Force Academy. “I photographed generals in the daytime and rock ’n’ roll artists at night,” says Hulst, whose 2017 career retrospective at the Fine Arts Center lasted for three months. Although he retired from civil service in 2010, he remains no less active and can frequently be found with his camera in front of stages in Colorado Springs, Denver and beyond. We caught up with him recently to ask about some of his favorite music.

First album I bought with my own money: I had to work around the house to earn money for my first Rolling Stones album in 1965, because I wanted to gear up for seeing them live the following week. The first show was a knockout, and so was the second one — literally — as Keith Richards was nearly electrocuted during the second song.

Online music discoveries: My personal favorite band on YouTube, for shock value, is The Leningrad Cowboys, especially their cover of “Sweet Home Alabama” backed by the Russian Red Army Choir. If you play it for your friends, they will be laughing their asses off. It’s wild and I would give it a 9, because I can dance to it. Also Primus, who always put out entertaining videos.

Saturday night listening: I like the music that I listen to to be live, and I mainly photograph bands on Saturday night. So, on any given Saturday night, you might see me at a local show. I’ll also drive up to the Fillmore or Red Rocks.

Sunday morning listening: On Sunday mornings, I usually relax and watch some TV, but I might go out to Meadow Muff’s to listen to music by the members of Blue Frog. It’s always a jam.

Artist more people should know about: The Marcus King Band. I have seen them live now three times. He’s 22 years old, writes all the music, and plays one hell of a Gibson 335. He’s from South Carolina, so he really knows how to play Southern rock.


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