Kirk West is probably best known for his life long association with The Allman Brothers Band as a Tour Manager & Photographer.
However, many people don't know that the subject matter he was first passionate about was the Blues of Chicago.
In 1968 he left home in Nevada,Iowa & moved to the big city to be close to his heroes, the bluesmen that frequented the clubs on Chicago's Southside. In places where many folks feared to tread, Kirk found himself accepted. Basement bar rooms & dark corner stages, lit only by a single 100 watt light bulb hangin from the ceiling on an electrical wire, became his home from the early '70's thru the '80's.
To say Kirk was accepted as part of the Chicago Blues scene, is a bit of an understatement. Here was a guy who was married onstage at Buddy Guy's world famous Checkerboard Lounge and photographed every great blues act that came thru Chicago, whether it was downstairs at Theresa's or out on Navy Pier during Chicagofest or the Chicago Blues Festival.
Kirk was such a fixture he was allowed to photograph Muddy Water's funeral and the wake at the Checkerboard later that night.
Now those photographs recording moments in time forgotten, are being seen for the very first time by anyone other than Kirk West himself.
Your interest and support is the force that will bring these photographs together in a beautiful 12x9 coffee table book containing over 200 images in 200 beautifully pages.
Please help this project succeed by passing this website address on to as many people as you can think, that would be interested in a wonderful addition to any library.
The very top tier backers will be treated to a personal guided walk-through of Kirk West's exhibit at The National Blues Museum in St. Louis, MO during the opening week of Kirk's photography exhibit. His exhibit runs from November 3, 2017 thru the end of January 2018
Risks and challenges
This is Kirk's second book. The first was Les Brer's - Kirk West's photographic journey with The Brothers.
As with most 1st attempts, there were a few hiccups along the way.
But having learned from those challenges, we are very confident in our conviction to iron out those wrinkles.
The first and main issue we feel we have solved is that the art direction of the book is complete. All the photographs have been selected, weeded through, re-selected, culled again, and locked in. The book itself is completely laid out and ready to go to the printer.
The only detail left before sending the book to the printer is including your name on the Kickstarter Backer's Thank You Page.
Another delay we faced was due to the travel via ship from the Far East. While we can't ensure calm seas, and no dockworkers strike this time, we have built in extra time in the estimated delivery based on our experiences last time.
Lastly having gone through the fulfillment process with Les Brers, we are no longer naive and innocent to the ways of shipping and handling. We have shipped. We have handled. You can count on that.
Could there be delays. Absolutely. Will they be factors we can control? Almost certainly not.
We learned how to produce a book last time, and if you have held a copy of Les Brers in you hand, you know we didn't let the product suffer in any way, at any step of the supply process.
This book is going to be great.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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