When the legendary Tacoma band The Sonics were in our studio last month, perhaps even more attention was being paid to 93-year old photographer Jini Dellaccio, who reunited with the band that night some 45 years after her last official shoot with them. Jini is responsible for the album cover that’s as iconic as the band itself:
Jini Dellaccio was capturing the early years of the Northwest rock scene, dating back to the 60’s and 70’s, like nobody else had before. Besides shooting publicity shots for local artists, she was attending shows and shooting gigs by The Sonics, The Wailers, The Bards, and other local acts, as well as some national stars, like Neil Young, Jeff Beck, Merrilee Rush, and Pete Townsend. Today, she’s shooting promo shots for The Moondoggies!
There’s no denying that Jini Dellaccio is one of the treasures of the Northwest and a pioneer of live rock photography in general, but not enough people know her story. That’s where Five Star Films comes in. The production company is making a documentary on her, and they’re running to the end of their fundraising deadline. They’re asking for your help to make this film happen. And not only will you have the rewarding feeling of helping make a deserving artist a household name, but you can even keep a piece of that history: Depending on the level of your pledge, Five Star Films is offering signed CD’s, tickets to photography exhibits, a copy of her photo book, and even a tour of her house!
Head over to the film’s Kickstarter page to see how you can help.