Bob Seger is a ramblin', gamblin', well-photographed young man in new book
Somehow, in all the years I was a rock ‘n’ roll critic for either the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune or Music magazine in the 1980s, I never saw Bob Seger live.
For the life of me, I can’t explain it. I certainly wanted to see him; he’s one of those guys—like Springsteen, Joel and Mellencamp—who always spoke to me.
When I was a freshman at the University of Miami, back in ’78, I worked at the college radio station, WVUM, doing air shifts as a DJ and producing dozens of public service announcements. I almost always chose Seger songs as background music.
And the day I drove away from school at the end of freshman year, back to Jersey, my friend Bob and I only had one 8-track tape to entertain us as we took turns driving non-stop—Live Bullet.
That’s why I tracked down Tom Weschler as a guest for the show. He was Seger’s road manager—and unofficial tour photographer—for the first decade or so of Seger’s four-decade career and has frequently dropped back in on his old friend’s career at key moments.
Now—with the help of writer Gary Graff—Weschler has produced Travelin’ Man, a coffee table book of photos and memories that no Seger fan will want to live without.
AUDIO EXCERPT: “In 1978, Bob Seger was playing four sold-out nights in Pine Knob, Michigan, and Bruce Springsteen came to town and wanted to meet Bob. I set it up and I said to Bob’s bodyguard—who I hired back in 1971— ‘Do me a favor and keep all the other photographers out of here for 10 minutes, will ya?’ And I got my shot.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with TOM WESCHLER, former Bob Seger road manager and photographer of TRAVELIN’ MAN: ON THE ROAD AND BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BOB SEGER, by clicking HERE!
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This entry was posted on January 26, 2010 by andelman. It was filed under artists, authors, Biography, celebrity interviews, entertainment, photography, rock stars, TV stars and was tagged with Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Campus radio, Creem magazine, Gary Graff, madonna, Rock and roll, rock n roll, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, TOM WESCHLER, University of Miami.