Author Archive

Ginger Baker 1939-2019  //

There was no-one like Ginger Baker. I first knew of Baker as the drummer for Cream. That band with Eric Clapton, Baker, and Jack Bruce was a game changer. I saw Cream early on at Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village in October of 1967. I had never seen a band like them… the […]

John Cohen 1932-2019  //

John Cohen, who passed away Monday, was a national treasure. He was a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, a photographer, filmmaker, author, and educator. His enormous talent was dedicated to discovering, revitalizing, and disseminating traditional American music. He was also a great gentleman. I last saw John at an afternoon symposium on […]

Bruce Springsteen Hitch Hikin’ to a New Decade  //

Next week is Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. “I’m hitch hikin’ all day long.” Happy Birthday, Bruce! When I first heard his new album Western Stars, I was drawn to it like no other album of his that I knew. I love it. The first song on the album is called “Hitch Hikin’,” and I couldn’t help […]

Brian Jones’ Dulcimer  //

I was visiting photographer extraordinaire Gered Mankowitz at his terrific studio in England. I noticed in a corner of the studio a photo of Brian Jones that I had never seen before… I thought I knew most every photo Gered had taken of Jones and the Stones. The photograph especially drew my attention as his […]

The Golden Stone Years: An All-Star Performance Featuring the Music of Brian Jones and the Rolling Stones  //

A highlight of my summer was attending a concert on August 17th honoring Brian Jones, his music with the Rolling Stones, and his influences. The concert was hosted by Donovan and his wife and muse, Linda, and Kenney Jones, the legendary drummer for The Small Faces, Faces, and The Who, at the Hurtwood Park Polo […]

Jimi Hendrix and Junior Marvin at Hamilton Live  //

While Junior Marvin is known worldwide as the extraordinary guitarist for Bob Marley and The Wailers, he was earlier known as “The British Jimi Hendrix“. His guitar playing is legend. For the first time, Junior Marvin will be celebrating Hendrix’s musical legacy in concert next Saturday, September 7th, at Hamilton Live in Washington, DC with […]

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of “Liverpool Days” Exhibition featuring Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler  //

This month marks the 25th Anniversary of Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler’s first exhibition in the United States, Liverpool Days, at Govinda Gallery. The exhibition was also a launch for the limited edition book, Liverpool Days (Genesis Publications Ltd. 1994). Astrid Kirchherr, was the photographer engaged to Beatles bass player and painter Stuart Sutcliffe at […]

Gypsy Dave Mills 1946-2019  //

Gypsy Dave Mills – sculptor, author, poet, and raconteur, was Donovan’s best friend. He passed on Tuesday, June 18th. Gypsy Dave and Donovan were friends when Donovan was first discovered and became an overnight sensation in 1965, appearing on Ready Steady Go!, singing what became his first hit song, “Catch the Wind”. Gypsy Dave became […]

Dr. John 1941-2019  //

Dr. John was one of the most inspiring and groove-inducing musical artists in my life. Enjoy this photo of him in 1970 by photographer Barrie Wentzell.

Bob Dylan, Ken Regan, Sam Shepard, Muhammad Ali, and Govinda Gallery  //

Today Netflix launches Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. Dylan hired Ken Regan to accompany him on the tour as his personal photographer. Govinda Gallery hosted Ken’s first ever exhibition, Ken Regan: Photographs of Bob Dylan and The Rolling Thunder Review, with an opening reception on January 21st, 2005 at Govinda […]

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