John Neiman

John Neiman (31)

It may seem strange for John Neiman to write about St. Louis. After all, he hasn't lived in the area since 1984. But it has been over ten years since John started a crazed obsession with a radio station. An obsession that led him to cross paths with dozens of current and former employees of KSHE, along with assorted fans, groupies, concert promoters, record reps, rock stars and a few crazed rock fans like himself. All of this effort turned into a massive coffee table  book titled "In Concert: KSHE and 40+ Years of Rock in St. Louis." For many of us, KSHE once was, or still is a part of our lives as much as spending time with an old friend.  

John is married to Kim, has two children and lives in a suburb of Chicago. Here he will give you a glimpse of what it was like to put together this book, along with stories from some of the folks that liken KSHE to home. 

Friday, 06 December 2013 19:24

The Big Gulp

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By 1983 it was getting harder to smuggle a camera into a rock concert. Although winter clothing provided help in concealing a 35mm for some shows, Robert Plant was coming in the middle of August and I needed to devise some way to get the whole camera in. Breaking it…
Saturday, 26 October 2013 13:50

Robert E. Lee riverboat in 1983

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30 Years ago when the Robert E. Lee still resided at the riverfront, I set up the tripod on the cobblestone near the river and captured the moment at the 4th of July celebration.
Sunday, 13 October 2013 20:24

Balloon Race 1983

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Going through the old photos I came across this picture taken 30 years ago. I believe this was in Creve Coeur.
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:29

30 Years Later with Gregg Allman

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It had been 30 years since I caught up with Gregg Allman at The Roundtable Restaurant. The year the KSHE book was published; I got another chance to get an autograph from the musician. By some strange alignment of the planets, I met him again at my place of work.…
Sunday, 08 September 2013 07:48

The Allman Brothers are here!

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Every once in a while someone says, "You're a rock star." It is funny to hear. The compliment usually comes after completing some project at work with a ridiculous deadline. Those words are hard to take seriously since way back in 1979 I met a rock star, and based on…
Friday, 16 August 2013 09:18

Another old car

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Back in 1982 next to Highway 159, a 20 year old Thunderbird had a for sale sign on it. The car was 2-tone - beige and primer. From the side, the long sleek lines resembled a rocket mounted on 4 wheels. I was smitten and bought the old hulk. This…
Friday, 19 July 2013 06:16

Life of the party

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"You can really throw a frisbee. You must have been a partier."comment from fellow recruit, Air Force technical school, May 1984. In the 4th grade at Jefferson Elementary School a cop dropped by our class to lecture us on the perils of marijuana. "When you get a little older, other…
Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:43

The Rope Swing

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In 1978 my younger brother Mike had a surprise for me. The curiosity was located in the middle of a tract of forest behind my father's house. On that warm summer day a little ways north of Collinsville, he led me alongside the rippling waters of a creek, crossed over…
Friday, 26 April 2013 20:36

The Ride

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"Well I was movin' down the road in my V8 Ford, I had a shine on my boots, I had my sideburns lowered."ZZ Top, "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" Few things in life excite a 21-year old guy as much as the acquisition of a car. After hitting that milestone in…
Monday, 08 April 2013 07:03

Cheap Thrills

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While I was in the 8th grade at Webster Jr. High, KXOK had a contest. The competition pitted schools across the St. Louis area against each other to gather the most signatures proclaiming the Top 40 icon as their favorite radio station. The winning school was awarded free passes for…
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 21:09

Risky Business, the 1971 Riot at Kiel Auditorium

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Back in 1983, some of the legendary rockers who populated KSHE's early playlists were touring the country. These bands had once sold out shows in 10,000 seat venues across the country. With their popularity on the decline, you could catch them in smaller settings. At Mississippi Nights I was fortunate…
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