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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

12 in. x 15 in. x 3 in. boxes

13 in. × 14 in. × 3.5 in. phase box

17 in. × 21 in. × 3 in. box

21 in. × 25 in. × 3.25 in. boxes

21 in. × 25 in. × 3.25 in. boxes

Photo Exhibit: San Antonio, Texas, 2004

Leather bound portfolio of 32 sepia toned prints, undated

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Tom Wright Photograph Collection, 1962-1994



Descriptive Summary

Creator Wright, Tom
Title Tom Wright Photograph Collection
Dates: 1962-1994
Abstract Collection of photographs by Tom Wright, official photographer for the rock group The Who from 1967-1991, including photographs of other rock performers.
Identification: AR 93-383; 94-096; 94-121; 95-083; 2004-161; 2004-218; 2008-102
Extent 4 ft., 2 in., and 19 rolled photographs
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Tom Wright was born in Alabama in 1944. In the early 1960s he studied photography at England's Ealing Art School, where he met Pete Townshend, founder of the rock group The Who . Wright became The Who's official photographer in 1967 and chronicled the group's development, including their farewell tour (1991). From 1967 to 1969 he managed the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan, where The Who's rock opera Tommy premiered. In addition to his extensive work with The Who, Wright also served as a photographer or road manager for The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and the Faces, The James Gang, J. D. Souther, The Thunderbirds, Elvis Costello, Bob Seger, The Eagles and others. In 1998 he was living and working in San Antonio, Texas.

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Scope and Contents

Tom Wright's photographs of rock performers, audiences, and concert venues comprise an intimate, behind-the-scenes history of rock and roll from the 1960s to the 1990s in the United States and Great Britain. Material related to British rock group The Who is the major focus of the collection. Also included are videos and CDs of The Who, a tape of Pete Townshend describing Tommy before its first U.S. performance, and a portfolio of sepia toned photographs of Joe Walsh.

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Arrangement

Arranged by subject and format.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access. Photographer retains copyright. Please contact the artist's agent as noted in each collection box.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Costello, Elvis--Pictorial works.
Dylan, Bob, 1941- --Pictorial works.
Graham, Bill--Pictorial works.
Jagger, Mick--Pictorial works
Mitchell, Joni--Pictorial works.
Petty, Tom--Pictorial works.
Seger, Bob--Pictorial works.
Souther, J. D.--Pictorial works.
Stewart, Rod--Pictorial works.
Townshend, Pete--Pictorial works
Turner, Tina--Pictorial works
Vaughan, Stevie Ray--Pictorial works
Walsh, Joe--Pictorial works
Subjects (Musical groups)
Eagles (Musical group)--Pictorial works.
Faces (Musical group)--Pictorial works.
Grit Kids (Musical group)--Pictorial works.
James Gang (Musical group)--Pictorial works.
Procol Harum (Musical group)--Pictorial works.
Rolling Stones--Pictorial works.
Thunderbirds (Musical group)--Pictorial works
Who (Musical group)--Pictorial works.
Subjects
Tommy --Pictorial works.
Music audiences--Pictorial works.
Rock concerts--Pictorial works.
Rock musicians--Pictorial works.
Stadia--Photographs.
Trucks--Photographs.
Women--Portraits.

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Related Material

See also Tom Wright Papers.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tom Wright Photograph Collection, 1962-1994, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

12 in. x 15 in. x 3 in. boxes

Box
3S283 Mounted black and white prints from Roadwork project
Box
3S284 [Click for images in this box]
The Who, black and white prints
The Who, color prints and photocopies
Miscellaneous color prints and photocopies
Locations identified by city, black and white prints
Unidentified scenes, black and white prints
Unidentified people, black and white prints
Police or security people, black and white prints
Zachariah, filming of motion picture, black and white prints
Pick-up trucks, black and white prints
Box
3S285 Performers and producers, black and white prints, including Gary Broker of Procol Harum, Chyna, Bob Dylan, Dave Edmons, Bill Graham, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Terry Reid, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blues Magoos, Firefall, Golden Earring, Koala, The Third Power
Texas bands and producers, black and white prints, including The Argyles, Buckboard Boogie Boys, Jimmie Lee Vaughan and the Thunderbirds, Nick Lowe, The Vamps
Mick Jagger and Rolling Stones, black and white prints
Little Richard, black and white prints
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, black and white prints
Rare Earth, black and white prints
The Eagles, black and white prints
Rod Stewart and Faces, black and white prints
Joe Walsh and the James Gang, black and white prints
Elvis Costello, black and white prints
Grit Kids, black and white prints
Box
3S287 [Click for images in this box]
The Who:
Black and white contact sheets and strips
40 items
Black and white mounted prints
17 items
11 in. × 14 in. black and white prints
77 items
8 in. × 10 in. or smaller black and white prints
75 items
Box
3S288 Performers and producers, black and white prints, including Blues Magoos, Gary Broker of Procol Harum, Larry Burnet of Firefall, J. W. Dawson Band, Dave Edmons, Richie Havens, Bill Graham, Shakey Jake, Holly Levin, Billy Preston, Jake Riviera, J. D. Tarlowe Band, Juan Torres and Salomon Prado, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Winwood, and George Wood
35 items
Texas bands and producers, black and white prints, including the Buckboard Boogie Boys, Nick Lowe, and Jimmie Lee Vaughan and the Thunderbirds
26 items
Elvis Costello, black and white prints
8 items
Little Richard, black and white prints
6 items
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, black and white prints
13 items
Paul McCartney, black and white prints
3 items
Ray Charles, black and white prints
3 items
Rare Earth, black and white prints
3 items
Bill Cusack and American Pie, black and white prints
10 items
Grit Kids, black and white prints
10 items
The Koala, black and white prints
6 items
Women, portraits, black and white prints
85 items
Box
3S289 Joe Walsh and the James Gang, black and white prints
24 items
Rod Stewart and Faces, black and white prints
94 items
The Eagles (also including Joe Walsh), black and white prints
70 items
Box
3S290 Austin, Texas, scenes, black and white prints
19 items
San Antonio, Texas scenes
14 items
San Antonio, Texas, missions, black and white prints, including the Alamo and San Juan Capistrano
7 items
Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, black and white prints
9 items
Spain and France scenes, black and white prints
44 items
General locations identified by city, black and white prints
3 items
Unidentified scenes and still life, black and white prints
85 items
General contact sheets, black and white
24 items
John Tower, black and white prints
3 items
Box
3S291 Pick-up trucks, black and white prints and laminated sepia prints
55 items
Unidentified people, black and white prints:
Box
3S291 1 of 3 folders
76 items
2 of 3 folders
97 items
Box
3S357 3 of 3 folders
90 items
The Who, color prints and contact sheets, photocopies, and offset printing
16 items
General color prints, photocopies, and offset printing
56 items
Rod Stewart and Faces, color prints, photocopies, and offset printing
14 items
Joe Walsh, color print,
8 x 11
Roadwork cover mock-ups, black and white and color, with overlays
2 items
Tina Turner, color prints
14 items
Postcards
13 items
Police or security people, black and white prints
13 items
Theaters, stadiums, and audiences, black and white prints
11 items
Box
3S360 Oversize contact sheets

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13 in. × 14 in. × 3.5 in. phase box

Box
3S286 Roadwork book mock-ups, volumes 1 and 2, and prototype LP album cover, CD case and cassette tape case

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17 in. × 21 in. × 3 in. box

Box
3S205 Exhibition posters; Clown Face Tom Wright exhibition poster, Southwest Photography Class advertisement, Tom Wright Exhibition invitation,
3 items
Northern Express Weekly Magazine proof, color,
4 items
Performers, black and white prints including Keith Moon, Mitch Ryder, Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh with daughter, mounted, Gooselake Festival, mounted, New York street performer,
7 items
People of San Antonio, black and white prints, Amando Sanchez, Claude Morgan, Mi Tierra patron,
6 items
Scrapbook of France/Spain trip, black and white prints, 1971
Waitress from Mi Tierra, color prints,
2 items

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21 in. × 25 in. × 3.25 in. boxes

Box
3S159 Paul Carrack, 1984
vertical sepia print, 20 in. x 20 in.,
John Entwistle, 1967
vertical black and white prints, 20 in x 24 in, 2 items,
The Faces,
horizontal black and white print, 20 in. x 24 in.
Howlin' Wolf, 1969
vertical black and white print, 18 in. x 24 in.,
Keith Moon,
vertical black and white print, 20 in. x 24 in., 7 items
Rod Stewart,
vertical black and white print, 20 in x 24 in.
Pete Townshend, 1967
vertical black and white prints, 20 in. x 24 in, 12 items,
Pete Townshend, 1967
vertical black and white print, 17.5 in. x 21.5 in.,
Pete Townshend, 1967
vertical black and white print, 20 in. x 21.5 in.,
Joe Walsh, 1970s
horizontal black and white print, 20 in. x 21.5 in.,
The Who, 1967
horizontal black and white print of contact sheet, 20 in. x 24 in.,
The Who,
vertical black and white print, 20 in. x 24 in.

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21 in. × 25 in. × 3.25 in. boxes

Box
3S259 The Who, black and white prints:
Radio City Music Hall during Tommy rehearsal, 20 in. × 22 in. vertical, cut and glued from three photographic prints
1 item
Box
3S259 Mounted 20 in. × 24 in. vertical print
1 item
Mounted 16 in. × 20 in. vertical prints
7 items
16 in. × 20 in. print mounted on corrugated cardboard
1 item
16 in. × 20 in. prints
18 items
Box
3S261 [Click for images in this box]
The Who, The Kids Are Alright program
The Who, Cash magazine cover
Pete Townshend, Eel Pie Studios brochure
The Who: eleven 4 in. × 6 in. color prints mounted on both sides of one 11 in. × 17 in. board
Pete Townshend walking down pavement, vertical color print
16 in. × 18 in.
Pete Townshend walking down pavement, vertical color print, 15 in. × 17.5 in. with irregular edges
Pete Townshend collage, photocopy of two-page magazine spread
17 in. × 11 in.
Pete Townshend, mounted vertical color print
16 in. × 20 in.
Rod Stewart and Faces in woods, horizontal color print
20 in. × 24 in.
Rod Stewart, vertical black and white print
16 in. × 20 in.
Rod Stewart and Faces eating, horizontal black and white print
19.5 in. × 16 in.
Faces Leaper picture, horizontal black and white print
20 in. × 16 in.
Faces Leaper picture, 14 in. × 11 in. horizontal black and white print on 20 in. × 16 in. mount
Buckboard Boogie Boys, 12.25 in. × 12.25 in. black and white print
Joe Walsh, Kent, Ohio, horizontal sepia print, 13 in. ×12 in., stained and torn 1970,
Joe Walsh, vertical black and white print
7 in. × 16 in.
The Eagles, vertical black and white prints on 16 in. × 20 in. mounts
3 items
The Eagles, horizontal black and white print on 20 in. × 16 in. mount
The Koala, horizontal black and white print
20 in. × 16 in.
The Rationals, back of LP album cover with photography by Tom Wright, poor condition
James Gang, Thirds LP album cover
Two men, horizontal black and white print
20 in. × 13 in.
Christie's auction catalog page enlargement showing prices paid for Tom Wright lots, vertical black and white print
18 in. × 24 in.
Martial arts pose, vertical black and white print
16 in. × 20 in.
Contact sheets, black and white, 16 in. × 20 in., torn
3 items
Contact sheet, black and white, 8 in. × 16 in., torn
Silent Album, offset print mock-up
Silent Album, four sheets of Who pictures from offset print mock-up
The Public Eye movie poster, color
11.5 in. × 17 in.
Leather-bound album prepared by Tom Wright for his son's 16th birthday
4 in. × 7 in. × 1.5 in.
Box
3So60a-h Rolled photographs:
Pete Townshend, signed "To Tom Pete Townshend," no border, vertical, color, 4.2 ft. × 6.5 ft., frayed edges with staple holes, otherwise good condition
Pete Townshend, signed by Tom Wright, vertical, black and white, 22 in. × 28 in., torn edges with pin holes, verso stained
"Joe Walsh at Bridge," horizontal, black and white, 7.5 ft. × 4.5 ft., torn on inside edge
"Joe Walsh at Kent Hotel, Ohio--1970," horizontal, black and white, 6.5 ft. × 4.5 ft., edges torn and mildewed, verso splattered with paint or ink
Joe Walsh backstage on Eagles tour, horizontal, black and white, 28 in. × 22.5 in., torn
Joe Walsh backstage on Eagles tour, horizontal, black and white, 28 in. × 22 in., frayed edges
Eagles and crew aboard bus, horizontal, 28.5 in. × 22.5 in., torn edges, verso stained
"Rod Stewart with Faces First Tour," horizontal, black and white, 7 ft. × 4.5 ft., torn, mildewed, verso splattered with paint or ink
Larry Burnet of Firefall, vertical, black and white, 29 in. × 22.25 in., torn edges 1976,
Pete Hortibeke of Rare Earth and friend, Kansas City, horizontal, black and white, 28 in. × 22.5 in., frayed edges, verso stained 1972,
Police officer, horizontal, black and white, 28 in. × 22.5 in., torn edges
View from stage of music festival audience in rain, horizontal, black and white, 28 in. × 23 in., frayed edges
View from stage of music festival audience in rain, no border, horizontal, black and white
26.5 in. × 20 in.
Rehearsal, horizontal, black and white
28 in. × 22 in.
Son of Jesse Ed Davis, Chicago, vertical, black and white, 22.5 in. × 28 in., frayed edges mid-1970s,
Silhouette against oval window, vertical, black and white, 22.5 in. × 28 in., frayed edges with staple holes
Hooded camera and two men, horizontal, black and white, 28 in. × 22 in., frayed edges, verso stained
Martial arts pose, no border, vertical, black and white, 8 ft. × 3.5 ft., staple holes on edges
"Pigs Heads Paris 64," no border, vertical, black and white, 3.5 ft. × 6 ft., rubber band residue on verso
Box
3W103c Videotapes:
Tommy the Musical, [2] July 25, 1994
Exhibit, Jim Swift interview, Channel 7, KTBC, April 1994
"The Who: 30 Years of Maximum R and B"
Tapes:
The Who, sampler, University of Texas
Townshend describing Tommy before its first performance in the United States at Grande Ballroom, Detroit, 1969
Unidentified [2]
CDs:
Pete Townshend:
Scoop
Empty Glass
Who Came First
The Who:
Tommy
Quadrophenia [2]
Who Came First, booklet autographed by Pete Townshend
DAT of Pete Townshend's delivery speech
DVD of Rod Stewart & The Faces, 1973-74
DVD of "Special Event Celebrating Tom Wright Photograph Collection." March 16, 2007
Box
3W105 Videotapes:
Tom Wright Exhibition, Performing Arts Center, Austin, Texas, 1994

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Photo Exhibit: San Antonio, Texas, 2004

Box
3So65.3 12 x 15 in. boxes
Black and white, mounted, 9 items
Cotton Bowl Girl, Dallas, Texas, 1978
Julie Driscol, 1969
Pete Townshend in Straight Jacket
Faces Falling, Los Angeles, CA, 1973
Billy Preston, Chicago, IL, 1979
Pete Townshend in New York City, 1980
Stewart and Wood Backstage, 1974
2 unlabeled
Box
3S062.2 Black and white, 12 mounted, 24 items
Keith Moon, Flynt, MI, 1968
"Uncle" Russ Gibb, Disc Jockey and founder of Grande Ballroom, WKNR radio studio, 1968
Bunkey and Jake, New York, 1967
Harry Tibbits, Traffic's Roadie, New York City, 1968
Joe Walsh, Kent State, OH, 1970
MC5, Basement Rehearsal, Ann Arbor, MI, 1968
Elvis Costello, First U.S. Tour, 1970
Faces Roadies, Kansas City, MO, 1973
John Wolfe, 1967
Dave Dixon, DJ, wrote "I did rock and roll"
Stewart, Backstage, Los Angeles, CA, 1973
Smokey Joe Walsh's Road Mgr., Cleveland, OH, 1976
Dallas, Firefall's Roadies, 1976
Roger Daltry and Friend, Magic Bus Tour, Northern CA., 1967-1968
Patrick Cullie, roadie and cop, Goose Lake Festival, 1971
Elvis's Tour Plane, Faces Tour, argue over costs, 1973
Tommy Nixon, Eagles Roadie, Dallas, TX, 1980
Bill Graham and son, San Francisco, CA, 1975
Glen Frey, Austin, TX, 1980
First Girl Roadie I Ever Saw, Who Tour, 1982
Looking out of "Riot Hyatt" on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, CA., 1973
Larry Burnet, Lead Guitar for Firefall, Miami, FL, 1978
Box
3S199d 16 x 20 in. box [Click for images in this box]
Black and White, mounted, 17 items
Ted Nugent--Amboy Dukes, 3rd Power Farm, Farmington, MI, 1969
Joe Walsh at Home Forming the Band "Barnstorm," 1975
Steve Humphrey, 1973
Billy Preston, 1978
Jesse, Ed Davis' son, 1975
Jake Rivers, founded Stiff Records and Elvis Costello, 1979
Ibiza, Spain morning, 1962-1964
Basket in the Grass
Lady at Door, Ibiza, Spain, 1962-1964
Man with Head in Hands, 1962-1964
Girl with Horse
Miami Stadium, First Farewell Who Tour, 1989
Chuch, Ronnie and Keith, Toronto, 1978
Moon, 1967
Stretch, Welder at Goose Lake, 1970
Cotton Bowl Stage, Who, Billy Squire, Thunderbirds, 1978
Jimmy Vaughn, Austin, TX, 1980
Box
3So35 21 x 25 in. box
Black and White, mounted, 15 items
Out of plane window, Faces Tour, Mt. Rainier, 1974
Who audience, Dallas, TX, First Farewell Tour, 1989
Pete Townshend's amp, backstage, 1989
Don Henley, Long Run Tour, Austin, TX, 1980
Albert Hotel, New York City, 1967
box
3So35 Walsh Contact Sheet, Kent, OH, 1970
Limo into Manhattan, Faces Tour, 1974
Kim Wilson, records "How Do You Spell Love?", Austin, TX, 1980
Dancing Nun, Paris, 1964
Man and dog on Ibiza Beach, 1964
Who audience, First Farewell Tour, 1989
Elvis Costello
Paris Photo in Fifth Estate, 1969
From backstage, Michigan Outdoor Festival, Procol Harem, MC5, 1968
Faces, backstage, unmounted print
box
3So60j Rolled photographs, sepia, 2 items
Entrance #336 Paris, English model for Paris, Vogue on her day off, 1964-1965
Autumn Faces, Ann Arbor, MI, 1968

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Leather bound portfolio of 32 sepia toned prints, undated

box
2.325/V85c Joe Walsh
Mark Patterson
Joe Walsh's roadies

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