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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 […]

Dylan Exhibitions Open in Havana and New York City  //

Ted Russell’s exhibition of photos of Bob Dylan opens next Thursday evening, April 20th, at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City. This is the first exhibition in New York of Russell’s remarkable photos of Dylan’s first years in Greenwich Village. Russell will be at the opening to sign copies of his book, Bob Dylan […]

Ireland’s Prime Minister Digs Bruce Springsteen  //

Just before St. Patrick’s Day last month, I had the occasion to sit with Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland, and his charming wife Fionnuala, at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown, thanks to my friends Billy Martin and Joey Filosa. I gave the Prime Minister a copy of Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate […]

30th Anniversary of Andy Warhol’s Memorial Service  //

Peter Wise, Chris Makos and Chris Murray entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral, April 1st, 1987. © Christophe von Hohenberg. Thirty years ago today a memorial mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Andy Warhol, who had passed on just about one month before the service. I was invited to the memorial and went with my […]

Bob Dylan’s First Album Released Fifty-Five Years Ago  //

Bob Dylan playing harmonica, New York City, 1961. © Ted Russell. Fifty-five years ago on March 19th Bob Dylan’s first album was released, and yesterday I flew to Havana with Ted Russell’s photographs of Dylan for an exhibition at Cuba’s national photo gallery, Fototeca de Cuba. Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964 opens in Havana on Friday […]

James Baldwin and Bob Dylan  //

James Baldwin writing, Istanbul, Turkey, 1966. © Sedat Pakay. These two remarkable photographs taken in the ’60s of two of America’s great writers are inspiring. Ted Russell’s photograph of Bob Dylan is featured in his upcoming exhibition in Havana at Fototeca de Cuba, Cuba’s national gallery of photography, opening March 24th. Sedat Pakay’s photo of […]

Bob Dylan Exhibition in Cuba Organized by Govinda Gallery and Presented by Fototeca de Cuba  //

“Positively 4th Street,” 1964. © Ted Russell. Bob Dylan is the subject of a compelling photography exhibition in Cuba at their national photo gallery, Fototeca de Cuba. Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964, featuring the photographs of Ted Russell, opens on Friday, March 24th in Havana. The exhibition will continue through April 24th. This groundbreaking exhibition is […]

Eric Burdon and The Animals at Montgomery College  //

Eric Burdon, 1970. © Barrie Wentzell. I was excited to hear that Eric Burdon and The Animals are performing in the area at the Parilla Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 6th. My high school band The Malibooz covered all of The Animals’ great songs during the British Invasion. Burdon was my biggest influence as […]

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