As a teenager David Bowie was my hero. No other artist affected me the way he did. I went so far as to take the Aladdin Sane cover to the barbershop and cut my hair like Bowie's for senior prom. In my teens, I thought I wanted to be a photographer. I was hustling magazines like Hit Parader and Creem to buy my photos. It was a great way to get into shows and the editors had no idea I was only 15 years old when I started doing it. But a few years later, I was still way too green to talk anyone into getting me a photo pass to shoot an act as big as Bowie when he came to Chicago in 1978. For these shows, we bought tickets and snuck the camera and a couple of lenses into the theater. I never tried to sell any of these shots. Maybe they just meant too much to me.
Peter Katsis is a music manager and partner at Deckstar in Los Angeles. His clients include The Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction and Culture Club.