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Having began his musical career at the age of eleven on his father's 1974 album Walls and Bridges, Julian Lennon has the unique and at the same time daunting privilege of bearing the name and legacy of one of music's most profound and influential voices. Complexities abound with any discussion involving Julian's relationship to his father, yet through all manner of rhetoric that might be employed in those same conversations, his own undeniable merit as an artist, photographer, and philanthropist have cemented a place outside the oftentimes dark shadow of the man he called "dad." History is fickle enough concerning those cultural icons we value, with nostalgia and retrospect often becoming irreversibly blurred once those same individuals are no longer with us. For Julian Lennon, the fact that his art and namesake are invariably intertwined is a source of comfort and one that propels him to utilize memory not only for his own sense of pride but for the millions worldwide who see that legacy as one that's synonymous with hope and the possibility of peace.
This Friday (2/7) the Morrison Hotel Gallery will open a photography exhibit commemorating the 'Golden Anniversary of the Year America Met the Beatles', curated by Julian. The exhibit, running concurrently in NYC and West Hollywood, will feature photos of the band, several of which have never before been seen by the public.
With last year's Everything Changes, Julian's first solo release in thirteen years, and then the upcoming anniversary of the Beatles' American debut, Lennon's artistic output is as impressive as ever and one that presently finds him in a place of reflection for the past and, more importantly, anticipation for what lies ahead.
BV: Tell me a little about the background for your exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery that's celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles coming to America.
Julian: It's a little roundabout, but how this came about was the fact that we knew the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles was coming up, specifically with the Ed Sullivan show. The whole Grammys thing was coming up, and then there was the whole performance and that. It was all a bit much, and all a bit too shiny for me. [Laughs] Maybe that's not the preferred word, but it was all a bit too much for me. It was actually very difficult to even get a sense of...in all honesty, it was like trying to get blood from a stone in who was playing what, who was singing what, what went where and how. After a long chat with mum and a few other folks, I just said "You know, it's all a bit too much. I'd rather just stay out of it and wish everybody well and send my love." Prior to that, Timothy White, who is one of my dearest friends, who was the bugger that got me into photography in the first place [laughs], and who is the man who curated my first exhibition as well in New York at the Morrison Hotel Gallery - he's now part of the Morrison Hotel Gallery group, so I've done...I can't even remember, to be honest with you, how many exhibitions I've done with them now. It must've been anywhere between three and five last year alone. One way or another, whether it was the one in Miami, the gallery in LA, or New York. I'm involved a lot with them, and they've looked after me, and I've looked after them. Anyway, Timothy came to me and just said "Listen, it seems you're more aligned with photography these days. I mean, you still do music, yes, and all the other stuff, but your passion is really photography. What about taking a look and curating some beautiful old pictures of your dad and the Beatles - some of which have never been seen before? How about that? Would you consider that?" And I thought that was certainly a different approach than most people would say or think that I'd do under the circumstance, really. The likelihood is that they're expecting me to be at the Grammys and do everything else. I loved this idea, and the moment I was able to see even a few of the images that I'd never seen before, I just fell in love with the idea of doing it. One thing led to another, and I was bombarded with hundreds of Beatles pictures that I'd never seen before. It was very, very difficult, I've gotta say, trying to decide which ones would be the most appropriate for this occasion. For me, I looked at it as a son. I looked at it as an artist and as a photographer, too. I just wanted to find images that I could clearly read their emotions on their faces - that you knew you felt exactly what they were going through at any particular point in time with these photographs. I think I've managed to do that. Initially they were going for twenty five shots, and I said "You can't do twenty five on their fiftieth anniversary. You've gotta do fifty." [Laughs] We eventually locked it down, and I think there's a great selection of stuff, and some people may have seen a couple before or seen similar shots, but to me they're all pretty unique and pretty individual and really quite special. It's definitely a time and a place and definitely an emotion that you can relate to.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ TD Garden, Boston 11/26/2012 (via @giovannibolivar)
Because he's trained his audience to not need an hour of hits, because he doesn't have to sing like Brian Wilson or shake his behind in chaps like David Lee Roth, his sound and delivery endure. No one but Young (with Crazy Horse) could play an almost half-hour-long "Walk Like A Giant" that was 5 percent melody, 95 percent feedback and over-driven bass and have fans dig it.Neil Young & Crazy Horse played Boston's TD Garden last night (with Patti Smith opening), a 13-song, two-and-a-half-hour set that The Boston Herald said may have been their "best show ever." You can check out the setlist below. They'll do it tonight (11/27) at Madison Square Garden with Patti Smith opening and tickets are still available. Tickets are also still available for their show on Monday (12/3) at the Barclays Center (also with Patti Smith and Everest).
That's not to say "the hits" weren't the highlights. A tune as sweet and pure as "Cinnamon Girl" remains rare, and at times the new stuff seemed to pile up crushing the audience instead of uplifting it.
But when an artist can have a great night in front of ten-thousand without playing his most popular songs (no "Old Man," no "Like A Hurricane," no "Heart of Gold"), it's a stunning achievement. - [Boston Herald]
Meanwhile, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo they are currently showing Jenice Heo's "Neil Young Series," a exhibition of paintings based on Young's music. A couple of her works from the series can be seen below and the exhibit will be on view until December 31st, 2012.
The Morrison Hotel Gallery says:
We are very excited to present Jesse's amazing Kurt Cobain photographic collection at our SoHo Gallery on April 5th. While earning a degree in economics at the University of Michigan, Jesse Frohman picked up a camera and never put it down. When he returned to New York, he had no formal training or experience, but he did have a portfolio of platinum prints, which caught the interest of legendary photographer Irving Penn, who hired Jesse to manage his studio.The exhibit will be open to the public from April 6th through Aprol 23rd at the 124 Prince Street gallery.
It was an incomparable apprenticeship. To the techniques and aesthetics he learned from Penn, Jesse added his own sensibilities of strength, dignity and quiet energy, all of which are evident in his pictures.
Jesse has photographed countless celebrities and still lifes. In addition to his work for magazines, advertising, and recording companies, he has been commissioned to create two award-winning books. His work is also in many private collections.
Jarvis Cocker, Mike Nouveau and others will DJ, along with a live set by the Virgins, at the opening night afterparty at Tribeca Grand, a Grand Life hotel.
In related news, Courtney Love is planning on auctioning off some paintings made by Kurt Cobain (if she's alllowed), and "Clint Eastwood's 'A Star is Born' Remake is Really About Kurt Cobain" (via).
Kurt Cobain's life ended on April 5, 1994.
Dark Night of The Soul, the Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse album with visuals by David Lynch, is currently on display at Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC in the form of "An exhibit consisting of 50 photographs by David Lynch. Music by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse."...
"Hand-signed by Lynch, each photograph is $3500 and can be purchased together with its set or separately. A companion book carrying the same name features Lynch's photographs and comes with a blank CD-R. A 48-page limited edition run of 5,000 copies was released in 2009. Lynch's art, along with a 9-minute behind-the-scenes video of the two-day making-of the pictures accompanies the downloadable album via iTunes." [WSJ]You have until August 3rd to check it out.
Two major label, Danger Mouse-related, indie rock star collaborative side-like projects are touring this fall, but not together. They both play NYC shows within days of each other.
As previously mentioned, Broken Bells are playing Terminal 5 on October 11th. Tickets are on sale. That date is one of four that James Mercer and Brian Burton will play that month. All dates are listed below..
As previously also mentioned, Gorillaz are playing Madison Square Garden on Ocotober 8th. That show goes on sale August 6th and is part of a larger tour that is now fully announced. All dates below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
"I have never had any romantic, personal or financial involvement with Courtney Love. She is confusing me with her ex, who produced my Rock n Roll record, which was financed solely by Universal Music." - Ryan Adams to GawkerRyan Adams, clad in a Kreator t-shirt, was on hand for the opening of an exhibit of his paintings at Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery) in NYC last night (9/23). His friend Jesse Malin, who among other things, co-owns the bar Bowery Electric, which is on the same block (and where the afterparty was), was on hand to play auctioneer. The auction raised money for Housing Works. The paintings will stay on display at the gallery for a month starting today (Thursday September 24th).
You can also catch Ryan in person this Friday at the New York Public Library. Maybe he'll go see Polvo at the Bell House tonight. More pictures from the art opening, below....
DOWNLOAD: Polvo - Beggar's Bowl (MP3)
art by Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams will be the first artist in residence at the Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery) for three weeks leading up to an exhibit of his work, which opens September 23rd (which I guess means, despite a "for lease" sign on the window, the gallery isn't going anywhere yet). During that time, Adams will be "creating additional canvases in the front of the gallery to be auctioned off at the opening. Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness."
Adams' paintings are in addition to his recent moves as an author. His first book of short stories and poetry, Infinity Blues, came out in April, and his second, Hello Sunshine, is due in December (or September if you pre-ordered).
Last week, some speculated that Adams, a self-professed metal fan, was the mystery artist behind The Awl's hair-metal-inspired theme song, posted on August 18th. The site has since posted a punk remix of the song.
Polvo performs at the Bell House in Brooklyn on September 24th. Will Ryan perform music at the September 23rd Morrison Hotel Gallery opening? I'm not sure, but there is no mention of it (best to assume no). Some more of Ryan's paintings, and all Polvo dates, below...
"Morrison Hotel, the legitimately rock-historical art gallery that shares the former home of CBGBs with John Varvatos, is moving out. The gallery has several other locations, but the Bowery one is their largest. When it moved in over a year ago, we rejoiced that it wasn't "something completely soul-crushing," but will the space get another chance? The broker for the site tells us he's talked to "a lot of retailers, restaurateurs and bar operators," but nothing's been concluded yet." [Racked]
photos by Eric M. Townsend
Chris Thile & Danny Clinch
On Wednesday, December 10 the Morrison Hotel Gallery [hosted] the second live show in their Bowery gallery space which once housed CBGB's Gallery. Famed photographer and musician Danny Clinch [performed] with the Clinch Mob on the opening night of his most ambitious photography exhibition ever. The show will feature 30 pieces, including 5 oversized 4-foot by 5-foot images and 3 limited edition brushed aluminum photos. The Tangiers Blues Band will also perform and Clinch will sit in on harmonica.The "show and sale will continue through the new year". Other guests/performers at the opening were Willie Nelson's harmonica player Mickey Raphael and Nickel Creek's Chris Thile..
tonight in NYC
* Culture Shock
* Silent Raving
* Not Brooklyn Fest
* "The Misfits" @ Warsaw
* Slick Rick @ Studio B
* Kids in the Hall @ Nokia Theatre
* Dead Meadow @ Music Hall of W
* New Model Army at Knitting Factory
* Cloud Cult, the Forms & Illinois @ Bowery Ballroom
* Tapes n Tapes & White Denim @ the Fillmore Irving Plaza
* High Places, Ecstatic Sunshine, Cex, & Evangelista @ Market Hotel
Where ever you go, watch your stuff.
That's another picture of Rebecca Moore up there - protesting outside the John Varvatos store last night.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND: NY Comic Con
On March 27, The Morrison Hotel Gallery, the world's leading purveyor of fine art music photography, will open an exhibition space at 313 Bowery, former home to the famed CBGB's Gallery. At nearly 3000 square feet, 313 Bowery will be the Morrison's largest space, over twice the size of their existing galleries in NYC's Soho neighborhood, Los Angeles, and La Jolla.
The size of the space at 313 Bowery will allow the Morrison to mount their most ambitious exhibitions to date. "This new space will enhance our line of fine art music photography and puts us in a historical space where people can experience some very different shows than at our other locations," says Peter Blachley, co-owner of the Morrison. While the interior of the 313 Bowery space will change with each show, the Morrison plans to maintain many original elements of the CBGB's Gallery, including the bathroom graffiti, an original wall logo stencil and a panel of show posters and hand-bills from CBGB's 10th anniversary that were buried in an inner wall.