Tom Weschler is a photographer living and working in Metro Detroit. He has been photographing musical events since 1964.
Working at a music store in Detroit in 1966 he took his camera to every venue in the area that Artist’s Music was called upon to provide equipment for. He was the stores’ van driver which required him to deliver and set up the necessary gear at places like Cobo Arena, the Michigan State Fair, Rouge Park, Belle Isle, Ford Auditorium, Masonic Auditorium and The Grande Ballroom. In those days most bands toured with ‘sponsored equipment’ that is: they were given the amps and PA gear to use in exchange for brand endorsements. So, it was a lucky kid with a camera and a music store truck that got to work at and photograph the rock’n’roll shows around Detroit in the 1960’s!
By December 1968 he was working as a roadie for Bob Seger, in the spring of 1969 he graduated from roadie to road manager. This allowed him to be in touch with all the security people and promoters at all the venues Bob played and there were many. Tom still had his Nikon camera with him.
In the 1970’s Tom took up photography full time and used his well-learned connections in the music business to help him get access to the various shows that frequented the many venues in the mid-west. Many of his photographs are available here to see, to enjoy and to remember.
And of course they are for sale!
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