Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Why is this man laughing? He wrote rock's favorite party standard "Louie Louie"! Seen left to right at a spoken word performance at the Ash Grove back in the day were writer Wanda Colman, (the now late) Richard Berry and poet Michelle T. Clinton.

Why is this photo different than most backstage shots? Firstly,no flash was used, just overhead available light and the same pushed film used in the earlier performance, unlike most backstage snapshots. Secondly, I'd worked with and even been to the homes of both Ms. Coleman and Ms. Clinton heretofore on graphic projects and photo sessions for Harvey Kubernik's spoken word labels, hence I was as at ease as these professional performers were. And Mr. Berry? Besides posing here with the pretty ladies,
he recently had recovered royalties to his copyrighted classic thanks to an artists' legal foundation's help. No wonder the grin!

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