|Rock Photo by Cincinnati's Ric Sterz|
|Rock Hall's Legal Notice|
Stercz said he sent the photos to the Cleveland museum because Dennis Barrie, the original director of the Rock Hall, had spent time in Cincinnati as head of the Contemporary Arts Center. He said he didn't know Barrie personally, but thought Barrie might enjoy displaying the concert pix because CSNY had all recently been installed as hall of famers.
Stercz said he began taking photos of rock acts in the early 1980s:
"I was like a gatecrasher when I started all this. In the 80s Cincinnati was one of the hottest venues in the country. It was after the Who concert. Everybody came here. Eventually, people got to know me and I got passes and backstage access. So I got a lot of stuff back when people were on tours and came through. It was informal and not just the shows."
When The Bellwether spoke to the Rock Hall, an archivist said she had not seen the pictures from Stercz but that the museum definitely wanted any question of ownership settled. She said Stercz could not be located, but she did not elaborate on what exactly had been done to find him. (Turns out he was living on the the same street in Cheviot). She said she did not know the value, if any, of the pictures. She said the museum intended to make them available to researchers and historians who poked through its archives and collections, and did not want access clouded by fights over copyright and ownership. For his part, Stercz said he's glad they'll be preserved: "Its great. I'm really glad to hear about this. This is wonderful for somebody who started out as a gatecrasher." Wouldn't it be cool if the Contemporary Arts Center put some of the photos on display. Stercz's hometown deserves to see his work.