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Who DID Shoot Rock & Roll?

8 Aug

Mick Jagger leaving a stage that has been littered with shoes.  Photo by Lynn Goldsmith

Dear Time Travel Gods,

Please send me back to the 1960s/early 1970s.  I would totally turn slut for that.  I belong there.  Please let me know what you decide ASAP so I can start weaning myself off technology.  Also, I don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb throwing around modern vernacular, so I’ll need a moment to extract it from my system. (OMG, that fugly MILF is totally rockin a whale tale.  And no, her wigger bf did NOT just give me the stink eye!?)  I would need to make sure I have the appropriate attire on hand.  No one wants to show up in their dream decade of peace, love and everything flowy wearing fluorescent anything and a bandage dress.  (Not that I wear that anyway, but you know what I mean.)  Anyway, I would be forever grateful if you could please show me to my DeLorean.


Red Velour

Now that we’re on the same page as far as life dreams go, we can get into what this post is really about.   I went to the WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography this weekend and was shown, yet again, why I love this time period, its music and its musicians in general.

If you haven’t been to the Annenberg Space before, this is a good time to check it out.  It’s on the CAA building property in Century City, so there’s ample parking, and it’s free.  Let me warn you, the space is small, but it’s modern and has a circular center where they typically show videos complimenting the current exhibit.  In this instance, they have a video produced specifically for the Annenberg Space and the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit (see trailer below).  It showcases many of the photographers that have pictures hung on the walls and they discuss the circumstances surrounding many of their well-known photographs.

How crazy to see Jimi Hendrix in a tux?! From popsiephotos.com

As far as the actual photography exhibit goes, there are a slew of remarkably interesting photos concentrated mostly in the 60s-70s, with a handful dating before and after.  They feature photographers like Bob Gruen, Linda McCartney, Norman Seeff and others.  Don’t know who they are?  You’ll remember those names after you see their work and realize you’ve been seeing it for years.  John Lennon in a New York City T-shirt, anyone?  There are concert shots.  Shots of outrageous behavior that could have been lost, but have instead been captured and rescued.  Then there are the behind the scenes shots, which glance into the real lives of these artists who are revered by so many.  Is my flux capacitor ready yet?  I gotta go!

Some of the featured photographers are scheduled to lecture at the exhibit throughout its run.  Check their website here for dates/times.  Who Shot Rock & Roll is showing until October 7, 2012.

Dylan with kids in Liverpool 1966. Photo by Barry Feinstein

Just watch it, it’s fun –

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