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German music mag snaps up photos

PUBLISHED: 10:50 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:11 30 June 2010

GODS of the guitar, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, straddled the 60s and 70s with their riffs and intricate plectrum play, inspiring teenagers in thousands of bedrooms across the land.

GODS of the guitar, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, straddled the 60s and 70s with their riffs and intricate plectrum play, inspiring teenagers in thousands of bedrooms across the land.

It was in retreading a path to these hazy days, then, that one prominent businessman recently went to see his idols armed with his trusty camera.

What 51-year-old Gary Williams of Caister didn't expect, however, was for his rediscovered gig-going to lead him into the alien world of German music journalism.

A director at Great Yarmouth-based electrical engineers E-Tech Group, Gary and his wife Andrea had started revisiting the bands they used to love before jobs, family and growing up got in the way.

The father of two explains: “The first gig I went to was The Who and it blew me away - I became obsessed and went to lots of concerts after that, but, what with kids and all, that stopped.

“Then six or so years ago I started going again for the first time in 20 years, and I must have seen Eric Clapton four or five times since then before his most recent show in London.”

As usual, Gary enjoyed the performance, and, as usual, the lifelong amateur photographer recorded the event with photos which he posted online, something he had done increasingly in recent years.

What was less usual, however, was what followed just days after the February concert.

He revealed: “It was after shortly after putting up my shots that I got an email from a music magazine saying that they really liked my photos.”

A magazine based in Germany, Eclipsed has a love of rock of that era and those it has influenced, and is sold in numerous countries.

Gary said: “They said that obviously I did this professionally, and wondered if I had a journalist I worked with who could write up the review.”

Not a professional, and not having a journalist to work with, he instead used a writing talent he had developed from writing press releases for his company and came up with the 500 words himself and … “They agreed to use it straight away and asked if | wanted to contribute where he can for future concerts.”

Editor of the magazine, Steven Thomsen, said that he was scanning Flickr, the website Gary has put more than 400 photos on, when he caught sight of the impressive shots.

“We were searching for someone who attended the concert when we saw the pictures, so I wrote to him because I thought some of photos were quite unusual, and it was a widescreen shot that really got our attention.”

However, though he is pleased with his contribution, and wouldn't say no to getting involved again in the future, a career change is looking unlikely for the Yarmouth businessman.

“I don't think that's going to happen to be honest, but though I've got no concerts lined up they said to let them know if I wanted to contribute-and the summer season is coming up.”

To see Gary Williams' photos go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/garywilliams.

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