Author Archive

Glenn O’Brien: Intelligence for Dummies  //

Glenn O’Brien was my college chum at Georgetown University from ’65 to ’69. There was a small crew of us at Georgetown at that time who were interested in music, art, and writing, which included Bob Colacello and Michael Netter, and we all miraculously went to work with Andy Warhol after college. Glenn became the […]

Happy Birthday, Alfred Wertheimer!  //

Today would be photographer and filmmaker Alfred Wertheimer’s 90th birthday. My 20 years working with Alfred was the most productive collaboration I had with a photographer. We published four major books together and I curated over 20 exhibitions of his photographs in museums and galleries. His photographs of Elvis Presley are simply the best ever […]

Mick Rock and Henry Diltz at DIVE  //

Photographers extraordinaire Mick Rock and Henry Diltz came to the after party at DIVE in their honor after their presentation at City Winery. The scene at DIVE was jumpin’. Mick and Henry showed up around midnight and made themselves comfortable in the intimate VIP lounge. There was a big buzz in the room.  The party […]

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 […]

Buzz Aldrin, Govinda Gallery, and The Georgetowner… Apollo 11  //

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon in 1969. The Georgetowner honored the anniversary of the moon landing and the Apollo 11’s voyage in this year’s June edition with a center spread featuring pieces by Gary Tischler, former NASA astronaut Scott Altman, and Govinda Gallery’s owner and director Chris […]

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