As a long-time member of St. Louis media, Thomas Crone has been it all: author, journalist, photographer, DJ, webmaster, blogger, videographer, producer, director, actor, publisher, panelist and editor. (Including a spell as music editor of this fine publication.)
The dude works on, like, ten projects at a time and seems to have no problem fitting in another job when inspiration strikes him. Crone is always up to something and, luckily, we music fans are frequently the beneficiaries of his hard work.
He's spent years as a man-about-town, documenting St. Louis history and reporting on local bands. His latest project is a combination of these two interests. As part of his Second Set column at the St. Louis Beacon, he's been digging out and scanning all of his old show flyers and posting them to a set in his Flickr site.
We did a quick interview with Mr. Crone today and he explained, "As I'm starting a year-long writing project for the stlbeacon.org, I wanted to finally organize my old collection, which has been split up into several, plastic storage boxes. Last night, I hit the mother lode, finding a bunch of pieces that I thought were lost to time. What's interesting now is figuring out which were outright harvested off of walls by me, which were lent to me for some project or another, and how many will need to be returned. In one case, I have a loan from someone recently accused of murder. Realizing that was a real shocker; but so many of these evoke some type of interesting or unusual emotion. I'm hopeful that they bring the same for others."
There are over 50 images in the collection now, and Crone plans to post around 25 more per day and promises, "In addition to the flyers, there will also be ticket stubs, zine covers, press photos, bios a few contract riders.... might wind up with a few hundred pieces by the end of the weekend."
He plans to move all of these images to SilverTrayOnline.com in the near future, but for now there are already flyers posted to Flickr for you to enjoy from Cicero's, Creepy Crawl, Lo, Tangerine, the Bernard Pub, the Hi-Pointe, the Lemp Brewery, the Mad Art Gallery, Mississippi Nights, Rocket Bar, Side Door, Stages, etc.