"Phil: A Teen Idol But a Mother's Worst Fear - with boyish bravado, Phil Anselmo, the lead singer of Pantera, shows off his pet boa before the start of the band's first tour." 📸 by John Kaplan
In 1992, photojournalist John Kaplan won a Pulitzer Prize for his portrayal of the diverse lifestyles of 21-year-olds across the United States. Phil Anselmo was one of the seven people photographed for the project.
"The idea was to document the lifestyle of 21-year-olds, some rejected by society and also some cultural icons like a New York model, a professional league footballer and, of course, a rockstar." Kaplan recalls.
"This happened in 1990. (...) At the time, [Phil] was still one of the many aspiring singers/composers, full of dreams, but also powerfully focused on how to realize them. I flew to Dallas to meet him, and crashed for the whole weekend on the couch of the horrible suburban apartment where he lived. (...) Phil had band posters on the wall, just like many 21-year-old boys do. But his tastes at the time were diverse too, not just metal. There was a big The Cure poster over the couch and also one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers!"
Kaplan is very proud of the fact that this was "the only rock and roll-related photograph to win this award in history".