Photography by Ken Hoge

Austin Music Photography Archives 1977-1981: Austin Music Scene captured by Ken Hoge for publishers and collectors.

Townes Van Zandt 1977 Liberty Hall, Houston

Townes Van Zandt 1977 Liberty Hall, Houston

Ken Hoge Austin Music Photo Archive:
Photos of the Austin, Texas music scene 1977 – 1981 available for publication and as limited edition fine art prints.

Ken Hoge began working as a music journalist while attending The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied under Gary Winogrand and J. B. Colson, obtaining a degree in Radio, Television and Film in 1977. As a freelance photographer for the Austin Sun (now the Austin Chronicle) and other publications, he covered the heady Austin music scene in the late 70’s and early 80’s. At that time Austin was just developing an international reputation as a cultural “Third Coast”.

The Sex Pistols at Randy’s Rodeo 1-8-78A phenomenal mix of musical styles was co-existing in Austin. Hoge captured on film hundreds of performances at venues like the famous Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon and Antone’s Blues Club. His subjects range from blues artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King, to county giants like Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels, to punk pioneers like the Ramones and Patti Smith. He photographed Texas musicians such as Joe Ely, Doug Sahm, Johnny Winter, Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Marsha Ball, Butch Hancock, Kinky Friedman and many others.

On January 8, 1978, he attended and photographed the Sex Pistols concert in San Antonio. Many in attendance were involved in the Austin music scene and heavily influenced by the event. This led to the overnight creation of a burgeoning punk music scene in Austin, which was also extensively photographed by Hoge.

His photographs have been published in many magazines, newspapers, books, albums and documentary films. In 1981, Hoge switched gears and became involved in scientific photography. He currently lives in Houston, Texas where he enjoys living in the Houston Heights and working in multimedia communications

Selected publications:


Stevie Ray Vaughan, Caught in the Crossfire by Joe Nick Patoski and Bill Crawford, 1993
Stevie Ray, Soul to Soul by Keri Leigh, 1993
Never the Same Again by Jesse Sublett, 2004
All Over the Map, True Heroes of Texas Music by Michael Corcoran, 2005
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Day by Day, Night by Night by Craig Hopkins, 2008
The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology by Austin Powell, Doug Freeman (2011, U of Texas Press)
Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generations
by David Ensminger (2011, University of Mississippi Press)


Trust Us by Uranium Savages, 1979
Washarama by The Judy’s, 1981
Danger Boy by Jeff Walton, 1983
Live at the Palladium 1979 by The Huns, 1995
Girls Go Wild (reissue) by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 2001
Blues at Sunrise by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Cover photo) Sony Records, 2000
SRV Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble CD/DVD Box Set (Booklet) Sony Records, 2000


VH1 Legends: Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1997
Antone’s, Home of the Blues, 2005
For the Sake of the Song (the Anderson Fair Story), 2010


Rehearsals For The Apocalypse: The Austin Sun Years 1974- 1978, South Austin Popular Culture Center, 2010
We’re So Pretty: 35 Anniversary of Sex Pistols’ January 1978 San Antonio Show, South Texas Popular Culture Center, 2013
This Is the Life: Austin Music Scene of the Late 1970s – Early 1980s, Art Car Museum, Fotofest 2014
Ken Hoge: Man on a Mission, South Austin Popular Culture Center, 2014

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