Michael G. Bush has been photographing live concerts since the late '70s. He has shot superstars like The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, The Who, The Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Santana, James Brown, Paul McCartney and David Bowie, but he was partial to the Pioneers of Rock 'n' Roll like The Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Ricky Nelson. When Chuck Berry’s 1987 autobiography was published, Bush had more of his photos included than any other photographer. The Beach Boys used his photographs in their press kit, and he was the featured photographer in their 25th Anniversary tour program. Bush’s portfolio reads like a Who’s Who of the Original Rock 'n' Roll Era, shooting nearly every charting act and teen idol of the '60s from Herb Alpert to the Zombies, as well as Doo Wop legends, the '60s Chicago music scene and hit-makers of the '70s and '80s, including Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, The Police and KISS (without makeup). Bush has also been a road photographer for several tours, traveling with The Monkees during the '80s and '90s and providing photos for their official tour programs. Bush was so popular with the fans that in 1988 a fan club was started for him & he also appeared in "16" magazine. He has formed close friendships with many of the artists, and has been called “The best kept secret in Rock & Roll Photography.” His work has also been featured on album covers, in newspapers, magazines, and on many artists’ websites. A Chicago native and resident, Bush is planning to publish a series of books and limited edition prints featuring his photography in the coming years.
Michael G. Bush will be appearing in person for a free meet and greet on Opening Night, March 15th from 7-10 pm, and on all three Saturdays (16th, 23rd & 30th) from Noon-5 pm of the exhibit's run.
Zhou B Art Center: Free Admission / Free parking
1029 W 35th Street