Austin Icons of the Eighties: Music, Theater and Politics by Bill Leissner
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The mid-1980s were boom times for Austin economic growth, political progressivism, and culture. Photographer Bill Leissner was in the thick of it, shooting more than 100,000 images to document the scene. A technological innovator, with his homemade flash rig and loads of Tri-X film, Leissner was an imperturbable documentarian and backstage presence, documenting the luminaries of Austin music, theatre, and politics, including such icons as Ann Richards, Jake Pickle, Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, and Randy “Biscuit” Turner. Leissner also documented various projects mounted by Big State Productions, including the trailblazing stage show called In the West. Leissner is also considered by many to be the inventor of the “selfie.”
Hardback. 189 pages. Published by Waterloo Press - July 2019.