Sunday, November 20, 2016


Above, three photographers who have photographed Iggy and The Stooges live, taken by a fourth, yours truly. Left to right: Robert Matheu, Ron Sobol and Kurt Ingham at the book signing event for Jeff Gold's Total Chaos, Nov. 19, 2016. What distinguishes this tome on the history of The Stooges and Iggy and The Stooges are Jeff's extensive interviews with Iggy Pop who lets loose his inimitable wry wit, and a never before seen array of pertinent Stoogiania.

The event was held at Leigh Kaplan's art book store ARCANA in Culver City CA. Both Jeff and Leigh are friends of ours from the very distant past of our UCLA days. 

Below, guest photographer © 2016 Kurt Ingham shot of yours truly and the author signing his book for me. Right: Mr. Twister finds his own exceptional live shot of the Ig which graced the cover of an early edition of Creem Magazine. Lots of Stooge memorabilia from Jeff's own collection and perhaps items of his music collector clients via Gold's business were to be found in glass display cases.



 Guest photographer © 2016 Michael Eivas took this nice shot below of Mr. Twister 
and yours truly at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Culture Center's October 4th opening of Rock Image-ination, a composite show of rock photographers Michael Eivaz, Kevin Goff, Scott Mitchell, Jimmy Steinfeldt and Richard Upper.  (Eivaz' work was demonstrably among the best.) 
I shot assorted ambience commemoration of exhibit goers, interesting faces and the great School of Rock kids performing at the event...however...all of my smartcard's images' immediate demise when downloaded presaged a wretched turn of events.

Astute readers* may note that I proffered a single blog post in October. That's when Microsoft™ chose secretly to install Windows 10™ in my computer overnight without warning. And overnight all of my photo processing programs and photography archives disappeared; i.e., my life's work and its manufacture. It took topflight professional data recovery experts even to locate the buried files much less to restore them, an expensive endeavor. The kindly computer repairfolk tried to comfort me saying that their business was swamped with similar victims, and mine wasn't even the worst. They told the tale of an accountancy firm wherein all of its multi-thousand dollar business-specific programs disappeared into the WIndows 10 ethers, never, ever, ever to be returned...

*Astute readers also may notice I wore the same necklace to both events.

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