JOHN SCHEELE began photographing The Band as he was still in high school, covering their appearance at the 1969 Toronto Pop Festival. That summer he joined his brother Bill working for the group, leading up to the Woodstock Festival in nearby Bethel. In 1970, John rode on the Festival Express train with Rick Danko, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia. His photography in the studio includes the recording of Stage Fright at the Woodstock Playhouse and their historic New Years’ shows at the Academy of Music in 1971, where Bob Dylan rejoined The Band on stage after a 5 year hiatus.
When Bob and The Band went out in force during 1974, John documented “Before the Flood” from backstage. His later photography of sessions at their Shangri-La Ranch in Malibu is a unique record of their ongoing creative process, as Levon and Rick rehearsed to record and tour on their own, joined by Garth, Robbie, Paul Butterfield, Bobby Charles and others.