Great news! About six weeks ago, I received a preliminary query letter from Newsweek. Yes, that Newsweek…seems they were producing a special issue, commemorating Jerry Garcia and had found a photo I had taken of Garcia at a softball game back in 1972. The writer said, “…the image is wonderful. It’s nice to see him off the stage.” She asked if I would be willing to submit the image for possible inclusion in the issue. And she made it clear that the project was on a fast track.
I’m delighted and honored to report that Newsweek decided to go with the photo, and in fact, is using it as a double-page spread!
There’s a block of copy (impossible to read at the reduced size required for this blog post), that reads: “Photographer and dedicated Deadhead Steve Rossman took this photo at a softball game between the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane after Jerry invited him to the game the week before. The March 1972 issue of Playboy contains a brief recounting of the showdown.”
The issue goes on sale tomorrow, June 30th. Get yours early! I plan on buying them all up myself!!
This is really is good news on two fronts. The first is obvious. Here’s the second: this photo was published in my little blog in August, 2012, to celebrate/commemorate the 15th anniversary of Garcia’s passing. So, this is a testament to the power of social media. Because I do a pretty thorough job of tagging every photo I put on my blog, Newsweek was able to find this photo, fully three years later. And that’s pretty awesome.