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Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur  //

I was very glad to hear that Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur were selected for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 2017. Those two musical artists are linked together more than a casual observer might realize. Joan Baez, 1965. © Barrie Wentzell. Joan Baez’s career has been extraordinary. She has one […]

Franca Sozzani, Andy Warhol, Bob Colacello and Madonna  //

“She had the best eye for photography.” – Peter Lindbergh Franca Sozzani, Café de Flore, 2012. © Peter Lindbergh. Italian Vogue, February 1991. 25 years ago, Italian Vogue published a feature story on my lifelong friend, Bob Colacello. Bob and I met in college in 1965 at Georgetown University, and have remained friends ever since. […]

Howard Bingham 1939-2016  //

Howard Bingham and Muhammad Ali. © Neil Leifer. I heard the news that Howard Bingham passed away last week. Howard was Muhammad Ali’s best friend, since he was Cassius Clay, and he was a friend to me as well. It was because of Howard Bingham that I came to be able to call Muhammad Ali […]

Sunshine Superman Donovan and Jimmy Page at the Albert Hall  //

The much anticipated DVD of the Albert Hall concert recreating the entire Sunshine Superman album has just been released by Donovan Discs. Jimmy Page was a surprise guest, having played guitar on the original recording 50 years ago of both mega-hits, Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow. What a great gentleman Jimmy Page is. Beautiful photo […]

Shoot First – Harry Benson  //

The night before last I saw the documentary film, Shoot First, about the life and times of the great photographer Harry Benson. I laughed and I cried as I watched our times flash before me in the film, beautifully narrated by a group of individuals including journalist Carl Bernstein, sports photographer & filmmaker Neil Leifer […]

Rare David Bowie Stage Suit at Sotheby’s  //

Artist Carlotta Hester got a chance to try on David Bowie’s gold leather jacket that he wore on the Glass Spider Tour in 1987. That jacket, along with gold leather pants and belt, as well as a gold shirt, comprise the very rare signed stage suit being offered December 10th in Sotheby’s New York Rock […]

Fidel Castro 1926-2016  //

Fidel Castro, New York, 1959. © Osvaldo Salas. Absolut Revolution, 2002. © Liudmila and Nelson. It has been an honor to have exhibited the photographs of Osvaldo and Roberto Salas, Liudmila and Nelson, Korda and Figueroa and other Cuban photographers at Govinda Gallery.

Junior Marvin’s Wailers Bob Marley Tribute  //

Bob Marley, Soul Rebel, Hope Road, 1976. © David Burnett. Tomorrow night, Saturday, November 19th, Junior Marvin will be performing his Bob Marley Tribute at Hamilton Live in Washington, DC. Junior’s tribute is the best there is honoring Bob Marley and his musical legacy. Junior performed and recorded with Marley and was by his side […]

Leon Russell 1942-2016  //

Leon Russell, 1970. © Barrie Wentzell. Leon Russell truly was an extraordinarily soulful musical artist. A brilliant keyboard player, songwriter, arranger, performer and more. He was a dear friend of George Harrison, an outstanding hippie, and he wrote one of the greatest love songs of our time, A Song for You. I love Leon Russell […]

Herman Leonard’s Brilliant Jazz Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery  //

I just went to see Herman Leonard’s exhibition of jazz photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. It was a stunning exhibition and the panels of text accompanying each photograph are illuminating. Among the images in the exhibition were portraits of Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker, Quincy Jones, Stan […]

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