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Sample Images in the book

1995-5-25 Memorial Stadium, Seattle

1995-5-25 Memorial Stadium, Seattle

1976-10-10 Oakland Coliseum

The Who

1977-2-26 Swing Aud., San Bernardino

1977-12-31 Winterland Arena, SF

1981-3-6 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburg

1983-5-13 Greek Theatre, Berkeley

1988-10-24 Seattle Coliseum

Bruce Springsteen

2010-6-11 The Gorge, George, WA

Tom Petty

2011-10-28 Moore Theatre, Seattle

Jeff Beck

2005-4-24 Key Arena, Seattle


2002-10-19 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA

Paul McCartney

2009-7-5 Key Arena, Seatttle

Green Day

2015-10-4 WAMU Theatre, Seattle

Neil Young and The Promise of Real

1982-2-11 Seattle Coliseum



I was honored to accomplish the design and production of Steve Schneider’s new book, “The First Three Songs”. I was of course already familiar with a number of Steve's classic images such as Jerry looking straight at you from Santa Barbara ’78 and New Years at Winterland, and many others. But I was amazed at the breadth of his work, from early ‘70s Neil Young to grunge heros, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam to David Bowie and the Rolling Stones. His images of Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell are especially compelling. We have five decades of concert photography for you to enjoy. Thank you Steve!

Bob Minkin

Steve’s work embodies a really nice and special slice of Pop Culture - Rock & Roll history. ~

Jay Blakesberg

Steve Schneider’s career
has crossed the Centuries, from acid and country rock to blues and grunge and
back. His list of noteworthy shots is a who’s who roll call from our collective
music history.

Jeffrey Moose Gallery

Steve’s photos uniquely bring to life the performer, the moment, and capture the energy in a wonderful way. 

Bill Hilleary

I am blown away by your book Steve!Some of the photos even brought tears to my eyes. And that is not easy these days.Thanks again for all your skill, effort and obvious love of live performances.

Tom Agostine

Hey Steve:   

 I LOVE this book!  You really feel like you’re sitting in the front row at each concert. This is a great testament to all of your years of hard work. 

 See you soon I hope –

 All best,   Wendell

 Wendell Eckholm / President

Wendell Eckholm

oops, I totally forgot to send you my critique of the book.

I love it, thanks for publishing it. One of the best things about it was the consistent high-quality photography. I like the number and variety of the artists, from Nirvana to Hot Tuna.

A problem your book has caused: I'm spending more time leafing through the it, that I'm not getting anything done. Well done Steve

Mark Neiman

Hi Steve,

Just got my copy of your new book. I just have to comment that it's easily one of the best photo books I've ever seen. Page after page of images I've never seen before, each one with a story to tell.

Thanks, brother!! :)

Doug Otto

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