JFK, Elvis, and Vanity Fair  //

The November issue of Vanity Fair has an excellent story by James Wolcott about the “avalanche of books” marking the 50th anniversary of J.F.K.’s assassination on November 22, 1963. Wolcott refers to Kennedy’s untimely death as “one of those unifying, defining moments when everyone alive remembers where they were when the news struck, shattering the […]

Lou Reed, 1942-2013  //

Transformer, 1972. Photograph by Mick Rock.

Sunshine Superman, the NFL, Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and RRHF  //

I was watching the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game Sunday night and was pleased to hear NBC use Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” as part of the broadcast in between the play action. It was just last Thursday that Donovan was nominated for induction in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for 2014 for his extraordinary songs such as […]

Andy Warhol Schlepped Here… I Slept There Too!  //

I really enjoyed the New York Times story on photographer Chris Makos on October 3. Makos has had seven one-person exhibitions at Govinda Gallery, starting in 1981. Govinda published two silkscreen portfolios of his photographs. Icons featured his portraits of Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Mick Jaggar, Liz Taylor, and Andy Warhol, and Man Ray, a […]

The Shutdown Can’t Stop Elvis  //

“Elvis Presley Jump” Copyright © Alfred Wertheimer. All Rights Reserved. There’s a big buzz around the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Dancing the Dream that was scheduled to begin today. The exhibition showcases “generations of performers, choreographers, and impresarios of dance.” The Tea Bags don’t like culture very much, but shutdowns won’t stop art. In appreciation […]

Jackie Lomax 1944-2013  //

Jackie Lomax in 1963. Copyright © Astrid Kirchherr. All Rights Reserved. On September 13 Liverpool Merseybeat musician Jackie Lomax passed away. Lomax was a prominent part of the Liverpool rock and roll scene in the early 1960s. Lomax was the vocalist and bass player with the band The Undertakers, and performed at the Cavern Club […]

Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, and His Mom Philomena  //

Last month I visited Phil Lynott’s mother, Philomena, who wrote the biography My Boy: The Philip Lynott Story. On the way to her home, we stopped at Phil’s grave to pay our respects to the legendary leader of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. At Phil Lynott’s gravesite in Ireland. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All […]

The Kingdom… County Kerry, Ireland  //

The Old Church, Chlocháin by Deirdre Lynch In August I returned to Ireland from Holland and spent a week in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Brandon Bay, on the Dingle Peninsula. I was invited to help launch an exhibition on August 3 curated by Irish artist and art teacher Deirdre Lynch. […]

Great Photography and Painting in Amsterdam  //

In August I visited two extraordinary museums of photography in central Amsterdam. Foam, on Keizersgracht, featured the exhibition Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937. His portraits of artists, writers, directors, actors, and other creative people are beautiful. Yesterday I was looking at the October issue of Vanity Fair, which celebrates the […]

Eric Burdon & the Animals in Amsterdam  //

Eric Burdon and the Animals in Amsterdam, July 28th, 2013.

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