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Monday, November 29, 2010

Not that kind of pod...

Here's a podcast of Steve's interview yesterday on Rick Kogan's "Sunday Papers" program...CLICK HERE

Cyber, brick-n-mortar, etc.

Cyber Monday? Well, everyday is a 'cyber' day here...look to the right of this post and you will find three opportunites to buy "Their Love of Music" online...just click and you're there! Need a better idea of what's in the book? Look at the post that precedes this one...

For folks who prefer it, you can find the book the old-fashioned way by walking in to one of the major book retailers and many independents...if your local bookstore doesn't have "Their Love of Music", suggest that they contact Quiet Light Publishing where we'll be happy to provide our wholesale program to them!

Don't forget to take a look at the "What we're hearing" sidebar to read some of the comments we've received that make everyone associated with the book very proud!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"What's inside the book?"

Portraits and quotes of musicians...some legends, some 'up-and-comers', some just starting out. Here's a sampling...

Rick Kogan sure liked the book!

His suggestion to buy "Their Love of Music" as a holiday gift in his conversation with Steve during this morning's interview was unprompted!


But it is a great idea!

Jump over to Quiet Light Publishing and get yours signed by Steve for that special person who loves music, photography and art.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Listen up!

Just a reminder for those of you up early tomorrow...Steve will be Rick Kogan's guest on his radio show, The Sunday Papers, between 7 - 7:30 a.m. He'll be talking about the book and sharing stories from the 'shoots' at WGN Radio 720 and online RIGHT HERE

Friday, November 26, 2010

That's a good idea...

Back from the mall?

No luck with the "amazing blowout deals"?

Still hoping to find that perfect present?

Go to Quiet Light Publishing and select an elegant gift book that will be personally inscribed by the author. Take advantage of the special offer on the set of three current offerings from QLP, purchase some note cards or check out their posters and prints...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Spared no expense...

...on this promotional piece!

Help a turkey and avoid Black Friday mayhem...go to Quiet Light Publishing and buy your gifts there!! The authors sign all books purchased!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Thanks to everyone who came out last night for the official launch of "Their Love of Music"! It was a fantastic evening!

Monday, November 22, 2010


Come out tonight, meet Steve and have him personalize your copy of "Their Love of Music"! Should be big fun!

Book Launch Party at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chicago Sun Times, Saturday 11/20

Great piece...

NBC cameraman points lens at musicians in new book
BOOKS | NBC’s Azzato goes from ‘Today’ to still photos in three-year labor of love

November 20, 2010


For Stephen Azzato’s beautiful book Their Love of Music, the 117 color photographs were shot in a portable studio instead of concerts, fancy hotels and the back seats of limousines. So Dave Alvin, Luther Dickinson, Buddy Guy and other distinctive musicians appear in relaxed settings, giving the coffee-table book a sense of accessibility.

A book release party is set for 6-10 p.m. Monday at SPACE, 1275 Chicago in Evanston. SPACE co-owner and fine blues guitarist Dave Specter also is featured in the 252-page book ($65, Quiet Light Publishing; Some of the subjects of the book, including Anna Fermin and Nora O’Connor, will be on hand.

Pinetop Perkins, the 97-year-old iconic blues pianist, was photographed at the House of Blues by Stephen Azzato. He landed on the cover of Azzato’s book Their Love of Music, which will be unveiled at a party Monday at SPACE.

Azzato comes at the music with a different perspective than better-known music photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Chicago’s Paul Natkin and the late Jim Marshall.

A Libertyville resident, Azzato is an NBC cameraman for the “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams.”

“I’m not an established photographer,” said Azzato, 52. “This project started three years ago as a passion to see where it would go. I knew people in the music industry doing interviews for NBC, but not [at] the level of these people. It wasn’t until I got people like Aaron Neville and Steve Miller involved in the book that other people jumped on board. But then I didn’t want the book to be filled with famous people. I wanted people who were out there every night, giving the audience everything, but not filling huge stadiums.”

Azzato carried his muslin backdrop to venues such as FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, the House of Blues (where blues pianist Pine­top Perkins, who appears on the book’s cover, was photographed), SPACE and others. He shot digitally with a Canon high-resolution camera. Each photo is accompanied by a few lines of text in the artist’s own words.

For one photo, Azzato grabbed singer-songwriter Alice Peacock before a show at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Sitting down for a portrait is the last thing most artists want to do before a gig.

“You’re in a head space to perform,” Peacock said. “He went snap, snap, snap and that was that. He didn’t want you to pose or get stressed out. He wanted to take people as real people, and looking through the book, that’s what I was struck by. They are candid portraits.”

[Original article here]

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sun Times piece.... Dave Hoekstra on "Their Love of Music"...

Love of the Game
By David Hoekstra on November 18, 2010 5:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)

One of my favorite country music songs is Lefty Frizzell's 1973 hit "I Never Go Around Mirrors."

And I don't like cameras much either.

I like to take pictures of two lane highways, sunsets, rusty neon signs and girl friends. I have more than 200 color slides and 150 black and whites of my 1991 Route 66 trip from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier. Watch out.
But I hate to have my picture taken.

So it was hard for me to focus on the fact that Libertyville photographer Stephen Azzato actually took some portraits before artists went on stage for his passionate book "Their Love Of Music." [$65, Quiet Light Publishing, Evanston.]

The elegant coffee table book features 117 color photographs with minimalist commentary from the artists. Don't miss the book release party between 6-10 p.m. Nov. 22 at SPACE, 1275 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. There's a cash bar and complimentary hors d'oevures.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Steve on the airwaves again...

On November 28th, Steve will be Rick Kogan's guest on his WGN program, The Sunday Papers, talking about "Their Love of Music" and sharing some stories about the genesis of the book, the journey along the way and how it feels to be a published author. Available on your radio or online at

Kogan has written for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Tribune, where he is now a senior writer and columnist for the Sunday magazine. Kogan has been named Chicago's Best Reporter, Chicago's Greatest Living Journalist, and in 2003, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Great news for next week!

The amazingly talented Anna Fermin will not only be signing her portrait in the book, but she'll be playing a set for us as well! Here's a vid of a full band show at SPACE a while back with none other than Grant Tye, another featured artist in "Their Love of Music", playing that well-worn and much-loved Strat! Check back later in the week for more surprises!

Monday, November 15, 2010

One week from today!

Book Launch Party - "Their Love of Music" with photographer Steve Azzato

Time Monday, November 22 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm


Location S.P.A.C.E.
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL

Created By Tom Oakley

In ‘Their Love of Music’ photographer Steve Azzato has captured the essence of the creative spirit in the faces and words of the musicians themselves. In the simple quiet of a green room, without the crowds or bandmates or tour managers, Azzato’s photographs transcend the chaos of the stage and the intensity of the studio to reveal the inner spirit that drives each of his subjects.

Join Steve and publisher, Richard Mack, to celebrate the release of this fabulous collection which has been hailed by no less than Terry Stewart, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as “Unlike anything I have ever seen!” Steve will be signing all books purchased and samples of Limited Edition prints from the book will be on display.

Cash Bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

One of the things...

...we are hearing consitently about "Their Love of Music" is comments on the incredible mix of artists included in the book. Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum said, "I really like the fact that there are plenty of people I know and plenty of people I don't".

Joe Shanahan, founder and owner of one of Chicago's premier venues, Metro, echoed that sentiment when he said, "I applaud you for finding the guys and gals that do not get the press or presence...these days. They get the short end of the press and photo ops, but are essential to all bands and music communities."

Tune in tomorrow around 8:25 EST/7:25 CST as Steve discusses that aspect of the book and more with Lester Holt on the Today Show...and he'll probably mention a few folks you know and some you don't, but should!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


After your run, before your 10k ride, in your PJs with a coffee, whatever...check out Steve and Lester Holt on the plaza at the Today Show talking about "Their Love of Music"...Saturday, November 13th in the show's first hour (8a.m. EST, 7a.m. CST)...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Our "Cover Man"...

Steve and Richard recently had a chance to sit with the incredible Pinetop Perkins as he autographed some copies of the book! What a treat!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nice piece on our publisher!


Get the Picture? Valuable Lessons Quiet Light Learned

by Linda Carlson

Richard Mack chuckles about his career path to publishing being circuitous, but it’s easy to see how the past 30-some years have prepared him to create the high-quality coffee-table books offered at, among other places.

The proprietor of Quiet Light Publishing started off as a forestry major at Oregon State University, but, scared off by high unemployment in forest resources, he returned home to Illinois after a year and earned a degree in photography and advertising. Along the way, inspired by a grandfather who designed commercial buildings, he took some architectural courses. Before Mack established his own photography business, he did a stint with the Santa Fe Railway, which he describes as “mostly printing old train pictures for rail fans.”

[Read more about QLP and Richard's decision to publish "Their Love of Music" here]

Monday, November 8, 2010

Just a reminder...

...Steve will be appearing on the Today Show with author of the book's foreward, Lester Holt, on Saturday, November 13th! Keep an eye on this space for more specifics later this week...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Steve on the 'other side' of the camera! HERE to watch the interview. And use the links to the right to purchase your very own copy!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Easy... here for details!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gather the family 'round...

...for Steve's appearance on Chicago Tonight! Tuesday, November 2nd, 7 - 8 p.m.!