The Replacements: Lincoln, NE, about 1986


I have been storing a box of negatives and contact sheets from my college days for, oh, about 30 years now. Some of the images were printed for classes and shows and critiques, but a lot of them never saw the light of the enlarger.


I sold my enlarger long ago, but I always thought someday I’d get a scanner or something and sort through the pictures. I saw this method and taped and nailed together a janky way to shoot the negs with my DSLR. In the first folder I grabbed to scan, I found some typical goofy shots that an art major would take, and I also came across a roll from a Replacements show.


I was a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln helping with whatever student group put on and promoted shows. So we helped with the load in, food and whatever tasks and errands came up. I even drove Tommy Stinson around Lincoln trying to find a replacement fuse for his bass amp. So my gopher status explains my backstage POV. I remember the show, and maybe vaguely remember shooting photos, but I’ve never printed any of these, and I never even made a contact sheet. Kinda glad I didn’t, because this was a fun find.



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8 responses to “The Replacements: Lincoln, NE, about 1986”

  1. Brian says:

    Awesome! These really capture an era in time. Do you have some Super 8 or VHS too 🙂 ?

  2. Amazing photos Brian you’re a lucky MFA to get that close to such a legendary lineup never saw them till 91 maybe I was too young or too stupid to realize enough to catch this classic lineup but I thank you for these photos man awesome job thanks for sharing…TW-

  3. CHIP DUDEN says:

    Fantastic. Every time I see photos from this era I kick my own ass for not taking pics during my college years when I was an avid photographer in high school. Epic stuff. I was at this show and have strained a few times to see if I can find myself but no dice.

    • brian says:

      I’ve been refining my technique for digitizing these, I think I could re-do these and get some sharper images. There are quite a few more too. When I get around to redoing them, I’ll let you know and send you some. It’s funny how many people I’ve heard from who were at this show.

      • Henry Battistoni says:

        Hope you can clean them up.
        Would love to see myself in a pic.
        Don’t recall making it to the stage though. So probably no luck there.
        Did you see Violent Femmes as well?
        Seems like it was the same year.

        • brian says:

          I did see that Violent Femmes show and helped out with it too. Didn’t take any pictures though. My brush with fame was when I walked on the stage like a dork and asked the drummer if I could do anything to help. In the nicest way possible, he said “Yes, move out of the way.”

  4. Jim Williamson says:

    I was standing right in front and can see myself in a number of photos. I recall a guy near me was trying to talk Paul into selling his guitar. At the end of the show Paul gave away his extra cups of beer — I snagged one. (You can see them set up on the stage…thanks, Paul!)

  5. Jeff T says:

    Wow! Awesome photos. Would love to see more if you ever add them.

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