Author Archive

Celebrating Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup  //

Tomorrow is the 50th Anniversary of the great blues man Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup‘s passing. This portrait of Arthur was taken by Dick Waterman, who recently passed on, and is included in the book I edited of Waterman’s photographs and stories, Between Midnight and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive.   Arthur Crudup, Melbourne, Australia, […]

Happy 80th Keith Richards!  //

Keith 1981, vintage photograph by Michael Halsband Govinda Gallery first exhibited Michael Halsband’s photographs in 1982 not long after this brilliant portrait of Keith was taken. That exhibition at Govinda, “Michael Halsband, Portrait Photography,” opened on April 23rd, 1982. Michael introduced me to Keith on his birthday in 1981 backstage after a Stones gig in […]

Happy Birthday, Alfred Wertheimer!  //

Alfred Wertheimer would be 94 today. He took the finest photos ever of a rock star… they happen to be of Elvis Presley in 1956. It was my great pleasure to be the editor of Alfred’s four books of his photographs of Elvis Presley, as well as my collaborating with Alfred as the curator of […]

Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and Nils Lofgren, with Donovan and Linda!  //

Dublin was abuzz with Bruce Springsteen in town for three sold out shows at RDS Arena earlier this month. Photographer and special assistant to Donovan, Lawson Slater, told me that “excitement was in the air.” Donovan was in Dublin on May 4th to be a special guest for a show at Dublin’s Olympia Theater. Bruce […]

Donovan, Bruce Springsteen, Harry Belafonte, and the Bob Dylan Center!  //

Photo by Lawson Slater Today is Donovan’s birthday, and I celebrate it with this terrific photograph of Donovan and his wife Linda last weekend with Bruce Springsteen in Dublin. Donovan said, “It was wonderful for Linda and I to visit Bruce yesterday, at his soundcheck in Dublin, and to hear from him, that my music […]

Featured Foto: John Lydon, 1979  //

Kate Simon took this wonderful photograph of John Lydon ’skanking’ in Kingston, in 1979.  It looks like a warm day in Jamaica. We are thinking of John here today at Govinda Gallery as his partner of five decades, Nora Forster, just passed.  I was delighted to present for the first time, at Govinda Gallery, Kate […]

Featured Foto: Levon Helm, 1975  //

I love this portrait of Levon Helm by Catherine Sebastian. Enjoy the photographer’s description of her photograph. “We were at Levon’s home studio in Woodstock at a band morning meeting (they began at noon, of course) when I captured this candid portrait. The band was: Mac Rebennack, Paul Butterfield, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, and sometimes […]

Lisa Marie Presley, Vanity Fair, and “Elvis at 21,” on Her Birthday Today  //

Photo by Carlotta Hester/Govinda Gallery. It was my good fortune to discover photographer and filmmaker, Alfred Wertheimer and his photographs of Elvis Presley in 1956. Alfred became a great friend and collaborator for over 20 years. I edited Wertheimer’s four books featuring his photographs of Elvis, and curated and organized over 25 remarkable exhibitions of […]

Alexandra Pelosi, HBO, Oksana Markarova and The National Archives  //

I was invited to the HBO screening at The National Archives of Alexandra Pelosi’s latest film, Pelosi In The House. I am a fan of documentary films and Alexandra Pelosi has made 15 of them, including Journeys with George (which was nominated for 6 Grammy’s), Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County, and The Words […]

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