Dr. Boogie ignite Alex's Bar in Long Beach, 6.2.17, back from their East Cast tour. They indeed substantiate my contention that the great
bands always get better and better, with new material always adding
something major to the mix. And they do. Anyone who's had opportunity
yet hasn't seen this band live is sabotaging their own cultural
well-being. Yeah, they're that good.
Meanwhile..."Brian Eno" circa 1972 Roxy Music ignites the dance floor at Alex's Bar. He
was dancing all night to his own personal velocity, and that's all I can
tactfully say since I enjoyed the spectacle and don't want to get him
into trouble, whoever he is...
And the next week, Dr. Boogie returned with a teerrific set as always to grace the stage at Cobraside Records' warehouse for a BBQ and jam for clients and friends. Other acts included Barrio Tiger, The Singles, Fatal Jamz and Jon Wahl.
Dr. Boogie are Chris P., lead vocals, guitar; Dustin James, guitar, vocals; Luis Herrera, drums, vocals; Pat Salway, bass vocals.
Backstage (the Cobraside warehouse) found The Blessings' singer Jeremy White with denim overalls-clad Lisa Lee, rock and roll couturier Evita Corby, redheaded writer Terry Moreland Henderson, and your humble photojournalist.
The end of an era in ultimate rock and roll consorts: word from the newswires that Anita Pallenberg passed away at the age of 73. I never met her, but my better half Mr. Twister cavorted with her, and with Mick Marianne and James and Andee the summer that Mick and James starred together in their film Performance.
My non-degree of separation is that I fought HARD to get the above photograph for Sid Griffin's book, Gram Parsons: A Music Biography for which I did the Art Direction. Tarlè's photographs of the Rolling Stones' louche summer, 1971, in Nellcote, France to record Exile On Main Street weren't all that well known at the time of the book's writing, but Sid indeed found and paid the photographer for these shots I thought essential to explaining the country-rock connection between Keith and Gram. My reward came when a reviewer of this book claimed that this one photo spoke volumes about decadence that no words ever could approach.
I'm also saddened at what her passing represents. This actress/model/muse/hellraiser frequently was deemed 'the woman who out-Keithed Keith.' As I noted in my review of Miss Pamela Des Barres' film about groupies (LINK)*
a shame that, as the decades rolled forth, the requirements for the
position of rock star consort shifted away from diverse, vibrant,
creative extroverts like these women into the current stasis that only
6'1" anorexics with multiple plastic surgeries i.e. international
supermodels need apply."
We attended a 5.5.17 reception at the Getty Museum, West Los Angeles held by BritWeek, the organization that promotes British talent in all the arts in California, film, fine art, fashion, music, what have you. There's a plethora here from which to choose. This occasion promoted the Getty's new photography exhibits of Thomas Annan,
Scottish photographer of the late 1880s and the more modern Chris Killip's The Making of
En Flagrante photo essays.
Above, what was actually a night shot of Mr. Twister attending the
I do not have the sharklike impulse to intrude papparazzo-esquely into
the lives of the celebrated, particularly in confined spaces, but if I
did the resultant photo would resemble my drawing herein: British fashion designer extraordinaire Zandra
Rhodes all in fuschia inclusive of her coiffure, against the stark white, square elevator interior of the Getty Museum...
My typical 'not bothering people' shot of some of reception invitees inside the Getty...
Pop Obscure Records & Gallery (LINK) of downtown Los Angeles threw a well-attended reception for their exhibition of my 50 years of music photography on May 6, 2017. Above, Sherry Lee, co-owner (with Dustin Lane) of Pop Obscure Records & Gallery, Jeremy White of The Blessings who performed, and yours truly. The exhibition runs through June 18th.
↑ Upstairs gallery with Mr. Twister in front of photos of himself, and Jonathan Lea, guitarist of amazing band the Jigsaw Seen. ↓
Downstairs record store with celebrated guitarist Whitey Kirst posing with Inger Lorre of The Nymphs, whose original lineup included Whitey's brother Alex. (Whitey and Alex then backed Iggy Pop as The Trolls until a hit and run driver killed Alex.)
On a far cheerier note, Inger said she had been influenced by Mr. Twister and his nasty lyrics in his band Chainsaw's first single, "Polaroid Pictures," and happily posed with him (with half of Dennis Davison of Jigsaw Seen in the background.)
↑ Jeremy White, Inger Lorre and Whitey Kirst
↑ Michelle Melody Fair, all of Dennis Davison of the Jigsaw Seen, Inger Lorre, Mr. Twister
Lead singer of Little Caesar Ron Young and wife Renee, Mr. Twister ↓
↑ Above, phenomenal singer/songwriter Ruby Friedman with Mr. Twister.
May 6th Prequel: Theatre date with Chris and Carolyn Carradine for Much Ado About Nothing performedby The Hobart Shakespeareans then dinner at Cole's, a vintage 1908 restaurant in downtown L.A. Vintage anything remains quite the rarity in L.A. Selfies ensued. Under the evening apparel I am sporting my naughty Klimt leggings with "the Hostile Powers" from his Beethoven Frieze.
Return to Forever Post Script: rock couturier Evita Corby, author Terry Moreland Henderson, musician/longtime friend Tripp Smythe and my mother were unable to attend the reception, so I gave them all a personal guided tour through the exhibit within the week afterwords. Below, Evita stands nonchalantly next to my portrait of her with Rodney Bingenheimer
taken at a 2011 art exhibit in the exact same building of the 1970s
Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, a favorite haunt of both
subjects. (Seeing this shot, Mr. Twister remarked that Evita has mastered nonchalant...)
↑ My mother and Tripp share the same familial name of "Smythe"
guest photographer Terry Moreland Henderson ↓
Additional coverage of the opening night reception event via more objective P.O.V.s: