Author Archive

Enda Kenny, Patti Smith and Carlotta Hester  //

It was a great pleasure this past July 4th to meet our friend Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister from 2011 to 2017, at his private office in the Government Buildings in Dublin. I presented him with a copy of Patti Smith: American Artist, the book I edited featuring Frank Stefanko’s beautiful photographs of the Irish […]

Happy Birthday Bruce!  //

Bruce Springsteen’s birthday is this Saturday, September 23rd. Happy Birthday Bruce! Crawdaddy Magazine Party, June 8, 1976. Photograph by David Gahr. Copyright The Estate of David Gahr.

Bessie Smith and The Devil’s Music  //

Bessie Smith: The Anthology The Back Room has been closed over the summer and while in Ireland, I was listening to Bessie Smith: The Anthology. Soon after returning to Washington, I went to see The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, presented by the Mosaic Theater Company. The Devil’s Music program cover. […]

Rolling Stone Celebrates 50 Years of Publishing with Lavish Photo Book  //

I just bought a copy of my favorite photo book of this year, 50 Years of Rolling Stone, from Abrams. This large format book presents a selection of brilliant images from Rolling Stone over the past six decades, commencing with the 1960s. Along with photographs on album covers, Rolling Stone magazine was the biggest influence […]

Patti Smith: American Artist, and Frank Stefanko  //

Patti Smith: American Artist. A new paperback edition of Patti Smith: American Artist, featuring Frank Stefanko’s beautiful photos of Patti, was just published and is available through Amazon and bookstores everywhere. The new edition features a foreward by Patti Smith, an introduction by Lenny Kaye and an afterword by the book’s editor, Chris Murray. Govinda […]

Bob Dylan, Ted Russell and BBC News  //

Check out this fantastic BBC News video with Ted Russell at his exhibition of early Dylan photos in NYC. It is the third most watched video on BBC News at the moment. This weekend is the last chance to see the exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery on West 26th Street. Copyright Ted Russell.

Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan!  //

A fine way to celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday today would be to see Ted Russell’s photographs of Dylan on exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City. Exhibition entrance at Steven Kasher Gallery. French photographer Claude Gassian and Chris Murray at Ted Russell’s exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery. Several days ago Kasher hosted an […]

John Waters Launches ‘Make Trouble’ in Washington at Halcyon House  //

It was great to be at the Washington launch of Make Trouble, John Waters’ new book. John was interviewed by Septime Webre, who is bringing terrific programming to Halcyon Stage. There was a lively Q&A after, and everyone had a chance to meet John and have him sign their book. John is one of the […]

New York Times Feature Story on Ted Russell and His Early Dylan Photos  //

Bob Dylan’s Early Days in New York By John Leland Apr. 17, 2017 “It’s kind of a long story,” Ted Russell said the other day, in a voice that seemed to mean it. In 1961, Mr. Russell, who was then a freelance photographer, got a call from a publicist at Columbia Records about an unusual […]

The Smiths Exhibition in Los Angeles Opens this Week  //

This Thursday the first exhibition in Los Angeles of Nalinee Darmrong’s photographs of The Smiths opens on Sunset Blvd at Mr Musichead Gallery. This is the first major exhibition of Nalinee’s images of the Smiths. Nalinee will be attending the opening to sign copies of her book The Smiths, recently published by Rizzoli. All of […]

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