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by Kirk West
Kirk West Blues Book

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the Checkerboard, Muddy Waters with the Rolling Stones, Willie Dixon with The Blasters, J.B. Hutto & The Hawks, Koko Taylor, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Phil Guy with The Allman Brothers at Kingston Mines, Johnny Littlejohn, Son Seals, The Delta Fishmaket, James Cotton, Lefty Dizz, Etta James, Sunnyland Slim, the list goes on…

 Photographer Kirk West was there to capture them all at the height of their blues powers in the ‘70s!

Kirk West is probably best known for his longtime association with The Allman Brothers Band as a tour manager and photographer.

Dixon & Allman by Kirk

However, many people don’t know that the subject matter he was first passionate about was the Blues of Chicago.

In 1968 he left home in Nevada, Iowa and moved to the big city to be close to his heroes, the bluesmen that frequented the clubs on Chicago’s South Side. In places where many folks feared to tread, Kirk found himself accepted. Basement bar rooms and dark corner stages, lit only by a single 100 watt light bulb hanging from the ceiling on an electrical wire, became his home from the early ’70s through the ’80s.

To say Kirk was accepted as part of the Chicago Blues scene, is a bit of an understatement. Here was a guy who was married onstage at Buddy Guy’s world famous Checkerboard Lounge and photographed every great blues act that came through Chicago, whether it was downstairs at Theresa’s or out on Navy Pier during Chicagofest or the Chicago Blues Festival.

Kirk was such a fixture he was allowed to photograph Muddy Waters’ funeral and the wake at the Checkerboard later that night.

Now those photographs, that captured moments in time forgotten, are being seen for the very first time by anyone other than Kirk West himself. Collected together in a beautiful 12″x 9″ coffee table book, containing over 200 dazzling photos in 208 beautiful pages, the impact of the images is even greater than when viewed separately.

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Thank you to Kirk West Photography for this excellent prize.
Winner will be chosen at the end of February 2018 and notified by e-mail

CONGRATULATIONS to Lee Rauhina-August in New Zealand who won a copy of Muddy Waters 100, a Grammy nominated, all-star centennial tribute CD.

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