Happy Birthday Donovan! with a special shoutout from Sammy Hagar  //

Today is my friend Donovan‘s birthday. Last week, Variety Magazine published a story on Sammy Hagar, where he talked about Donovan’s influence on him. “Around the time of Dylan, I also got turned onto Donovan and to be honest, I was more of a Donovan guy than a Dylan guy. Donovan had the same feelings […]

Daniel Kramer Bringing It All Back Home, 1932-2024  //

Bob Dylan, New York City, 1965. Photo by Daniel Kramer.   Daniel Kramer‘s photographs of Bob Dylan were a primary inspiration when I systematically began to champion significant photographs documenting musical artists. I remember so well when Daniel’s book, Bob Dylan, was published in 1967. I was a sophomore at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. […]

Mickalene Thomas, Black is Beautiful, and the New York Times  //

This past Sunday, the New York Times published a feature story on our favorite contemporary artist, Mickalene Thomas, and her first major international tour, beginning with an exhibition at The Broad museum in Los Angeles, which opens on May 25th. Mickalene contributed a brilliant essay to Black is Beautiful (powerHouse Books) featuring LaMonte McLemore‘s photographs […]

Poet Laureate Randall Jarrell As Seen By Ted Russell  //

Randall Jarrell, Washington, DC, 1957. Photo by Ted Russell.   I was speaking with former LIFE photographer Ted Russell, whose extraordinary photographs of Bob Dylan from 1961 to 1964 were recently exhibited at the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, OK, when he told me about his photographs of Randall Jarrell. Randall Jarrell was the 11th […]

Elvis at 21 Event on April 24th in Georgetown at 1310 Kitchen  //

Lisa Marie Presley holding a copy of Elvis at 21 with Chris Murray, who co-authored Elvis at 21 with photographer Alfred Wertheimer. “Elvis at 21” is coming up on April 24th! Get your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss this awesome evening! Noted curator Chris Murray, who co-authored the book “Elvis at 21” […]

John Sinclair, David Fenton, and John & Yoko  //

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the “Free John Sinclair” rally. Ann Harbor, MI, December 10, 1971. © David Fenton   The New York Times published activist John Sinclair‘s obituary this past Sunday. They illustrated the obituary with David Fenton‘s photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono performing at a concert and rally in Ann […]

1310 Kitchen in Georgetown Presents Elvis at 21 with Chris Murray  //

On April 24th, Govinda Gallery Director, Chris Murray, will be presenting an audio/visual presentation of Alfred Wertheimer‘s remarkable photographs of Elvis Presley in 1956. The venue is at the 1310 Kitchen & Bar in the Georgetown Inn. Murray co-authored with Wertheimer Elvis at 21 (Insight Editions, 2023) and is the curator of Wertheimer’s museum and […]

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, […]

George Hurrell, The National Portrait Gallery, and Govinda Gallery  //

The National Portrait Gallery just opened an exhibition of the legendary Hollywood celebrity glamour portrait photographer, George Hurrell. Ann M. Shumard, Senior Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery writes that, “During the 1930s and early 1940s, George Hurrell reigned supreme as Hollywood’s preeminent portrait photographer. His timeless images helped define the public personas […]

Richard Lewis…A Reflection with Love  //

  I first got to know Richard Lewis as a rare book collector of musical titles at Govinda Gallery, and then as his collaborator on Reflections from Hell: Richard Lewis’ Guide On How Not To Live. It was my great pleasure to edit Reflections from Hell, write the preface and to bring it to publication […]

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