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In Step was reissued in 1999 as an expanded edition by Sony Epic Legacy with additional photographs and liner notes.
In Step was originally released, June 6th 1989.


Digital 11x14 prints for $150
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Kodak printed twenty 11x14 Lambdas for the 'Rock X-Posed' 2003 exhibit.
The available prints are numbered, 2 -17/500

(the exhibit closed and never toured, only 20 were printed)
Each Lambda print has a Kodak embossed imprint and signed by me, Alan Messer.
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MAY 13 2015
My photograph of SRV is part of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ceremonies
in Cleveland, Ohio and broadcasts.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ROCKS!


I flew down to Austin the day before the session to prepare. Stevie Ray Vaughan's crew took me over to their band warehouse space where we would
shoot the session. The setting was too modern and severe, which concerned me. I was asking about renting a canvas tarpaulin, when a crew member
mentioned there had been house painters working (I presume at Stevie’s house). Sight unseen, I said yes, briefed the roadie and waited for chance to work her wondrous way.
I arrived next day for the session, the setting was perfect. The canvas backdrop was as if I had brought one of my own.
Outside, an overly jubilant Stevie arrives, gleaming in the Texas sun, accompanied by a pretty lady, his girlfriend Janna Lapidus.

They are pulling clothes out of a car. Stevie sees me and holds up his soft guitar case, it's neck bent and wavering,
“Had some trouble with Number One,” beams Stevie, jokingly.

The photo session with Stevie Ray Vaughan was like playing a long gig. The session was long, possibly one of my longest, but most productive.
Having vamped through a few moves at the beginning of the session to warm up, I stopped shooting for a moment.
Gesturing towards the rack of guitars, I asked, “Is that a 1928 National?”, “1929” Stevie says with a big grin, “does it work?” I ask again challengingly.
Stevie Ray Vaughan picked that National off its stand, dropped to one knee to check the tuning and went into the Mississippi Delta.

A shudder went through me and it still gives me goose-pimples whenever I recall that moment. We got the In Step cover.
We both knew we had the photograph, but we had much more to do that day, so we jammed on for hours.

Stevie is playing a 1929 National that he claimed belonged to Blind Boy Fuller.
IN STEP cover picture.

Number One resting on the studio couch. SX-70 Polaroid

I loved Stevie Ray Vaughan, although I only met him that once, and then again briefly backstage after a show in Nashville.
I felt we had a simpatico, both having brothers who play blues guitar. My brother Michael played a 1928 National Resophonic at the time,
which inspired the In Step photograph.
Unfortunately, all the colour and Polachrome slides perished when the Sony sprinkler system soaked the art office during a Los Angeles earth tremour.

Fortunately, I still have the black and white negatives and a 4x5 chrome of the Pride and Joy picture.

The telephone rings in my New York loft studio on August 27, 1990, it's my friend Bill Johnson, the art director at CBS in Nashville.
"Have you heard the news?", Bill asks me. I dropped the phone in disbelief. I phoned him back. Yes, it was true. Stevie Ray Vaughan was dead.

There are many senseless events in this life. I can only trust in a higher power, that there really is a point to all this, but I will always miss Stevie as if he were family.
We had a good time when we met. He said he wanted to be legendary like Jimi and the other fallen rock legends.
He is and Stevie Ray Vaughan's music still rocks my house and always will.




Contact sheets from In Step session


Tommy Shannon and Stevie - SX-70 Polaroid

Stevie took great care to dress well for this picture, that became the Pride and Joy cover.

The DVD version was released, 2007
Sony Legacy

Touch The Sky is an illegal bootleg released by Capricorn.
Found this on the web

Sony/ Legacy, 2007

Publicity 8x10


JULY 4 2014
My pictures are featured in The BLUES Magazine (UK)



2 salvaged out-takes from the session



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