“Les Brers – Kirk West’s Photographic Journey with The Brothers”
While researching a project for the Allman Brothers Band in 2013, Kirk basically went through all the photographs that he has ever taken of them. Once the project was completed, he decided to publish a book of the best of those pictures. He had over 100,000 photographs taken over a span of 40 years. Starting in 1973 with the first photographs he took in San Francisco at Winterland Ballroom and ending with the last concert they ever played in 2014 in New York City at the Beacon Theatre, Kirk had to go through them all and pick the best 900 that were representative of the band’s amazing career.
To raise money for the project Kirk created a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $60,000. In the 2-months that the Kickstarter page was up the fans were offered a variety of incentives to participate in the project. At the end of that time over $90,000 was raised and the project attracted the attention of half a dozen publishers. Kirk selected Insight Editions as the publisher and by December 2014 the book was completed, printed, and sent to all the contributors.
In 2016, Kirk was honored to be nominated as Georgia author of the year by the Georgia Literary Society. Although he did not win, he was a finalist in the Specialty Book category that was won by the governor’s wife.
Les Brers is a hard cover 300-page coffee table book with 900 photographs that is presented chronologically and covers not only the Allman Brothers Band but all the side projects: Great Southern, Dickey Betts Band, Gregg Allman Band, Sea Leavel, the birth of Gov’t Mule and Tedeschi/Trucks Band. The photographs capture all these bands and players on stage and off; in their homes, in the studios, on the bus as well as the more formal shots for album covers and CD and DVD packages. This book is a must for any fan of the ABB and their music. You can buy this wonderful book here…