Thursday, April 09, 2009

Happy Birthday, Peter Wood

I created to keep the memory alive of the musicians I photographed who have passed away. The bonus is having the opportunity to raise awareness of the musicians who were not huge rock stars, but were great talents none the less. So, I am extra excited to celebrate Peter Wood's 59th birthday today because he is one of those musicians you may not know. Or may know but just didn't know you knew.

He may be best known his co-writing credit on the Al Stewart number 1 hit, Year of the Cat. He also played on Pink Floyd's The Wall tour, and toured with Lou Reed which you may see below if I can't find anything new on youtube. He's British but transplanted to New York, where he did a lot of session work, so you've probably have him somewhere on your itunes.

We became fast friends when he I shot him (and he shot me) when he was touring with Al Stewart. The picture of me on the cover of was shot by Peter Wood. We had other strange encounters in the years after I met him in Vancouver, some which continue to remain a mystery. I think he would get a laugh at the story I wrote on him in the book. It has to do with my confusion over all the Peters I encountered back then.

I love this picture I took of him backstage...

Okay, no Lou Reed this can see that footage on . This time I found something from The Wall. It's Cyndi Lauper singing and you first see Peter around the 4:14 mark and then he has a solo at the 5:00 mark.

You can see lots more pictures and learn more about Peter Wood and the 47 other musicians in my tribute book, .


theresa said...

I often google the name Peter Wood to see what I can find as he was my total hero as well as being my Uncle, This was so lovely to read and I will definately be buying the book.
Thank you

Chesher Cat said...

Would love to hear more about you, Theresa.

Please email me.

theresa said...

Hi again,
I have sent an email hope you got it, just forgot to add that the year Peter died was 1993.

Hope to speak soon

Trish Wood said...

I too am thrilled to hear and read about Peter Wood as he is my first cousin. I only met him on two occasions (once in England and once in New York), but they were unforgetable and I felt such a strong emotional connection to him. His 95 year old uncle John often speaks of his talent. Peter died too young. I would have loved so to get to know him better.

Warm wishes to all who remember and miss him. Especially you Theresa, as I am your Aunt Trish From South Africa.