September 2007

Danny Clinch: The TFT Interview

by John Reynolds , Kathy Davis , Jessica Letkemann on September 27, 2007

If you’ve been to a Pearl Jam show in the last five years or so, there’s a one-in-ten chance you’ve seen a stealthy, camera-laden guy in a fedora creeping around the stage taking photos long after the regular photo-pass photographers in the gully between front row and stage have been whisked away after their three songs.

This man is Danny Clinch, celebrated rock photographer (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young) and music documentarian (Pleasure and Pain / Ben Harper, Live From Bonnaroo 2004). And just from his ubiquity at New York rock shows – after taking copious photos, he even hopped on stage for a harmonica solo at a surprise Foo Fighters club show last week – it’s clear that music isn’t just a job for Clinch: it’s a passion.