Jon Pareles in The New York Times today wrote a review of Green Day’s new album, ‘Revolution Radio.’ In the review, he wrote that “Green Day’s music stays loyal to punk-rock’s defiant gusto…” Howard Stern did an amazing hour and a half interview with the band on his morning show yesterday and Green Day performed several songs live on the show.
It was an extraordinary honor for me to accompany Donovan to his induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The induction ceremony and concert was held at Public Hall in Cleveland that year. I will never forget Green Day opening the concert with a killer performance of Letterbomb. I was standing in front of the stage, and I said to myself that Rock & Roll is very much alive and well upon seeing and hearing them perform. Donovan and his wife Linda and I were in the backstage dressing room with Billy Gibbons when Green Day came off the stage. I told Billie Joe Armstrong and Tré Cool how incredible their performance was. You could tell they were psyched to be there and to have performed so well. It won’t be long before Green Day is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Tomorrow night, Donovan performs in Pasadena, CA at The Rose as part of his 50th Anniversary Sunshine Superman tour. I was psyched to see that The Malibooz will be opening for Donovan tomorrow night. I formed The Malibooz in New York City with my lifelong friend, John Zambetti while we were in high school together in Manhattan. I was the vocalist and rhythm guitar. As a band, we championed British Invasion, soul and surf music, which is what was happening musically at the time. John eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he kept The Malibooz going with the help of Walter Egan, who also went to Loyola High School with us and played in the original Malibooz, along with Dennis “Ace” Lopez and Tom Scarp. Walter has also enjoyed a great solo career which included his Top 10 hit, ‘Magnet and Steel,’ among several other hit songs he has written. It feels like my life has come full circle with The Malibooz opening for my friend and Govinda artist Donovan.
Govinda Gallery organized an exhibition of Walter Egan’s paintings of musical artists at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington. Donovan’s exhibition of his Sapphographs at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington continues through October 21st. Donovan and Egan’s artwork is available through Govinda Gallery.
The September issue of Mojo magazine has a cover story on Bob Marley in 1976, that features David Burnett’s photographs of the reggae superstar. It’s a compelling story as it describes the assassination attempt on Marley on December 3, 1976 at Marley’s home in Kingston, Jamaica. Burnett had photographed Marley at his home just a short time before the shooting, which left Marley, his wife Rita, his manager Don Taylor, and Louise Griffiths wounded from the gunshots.
Burnett went on to photograph Marley the following year on his Exodus tour in Europe. Burnett’s photos from 1976-1977 of Marley and the reggae scene form the book Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley. The New York Review of Books commented on Soul Rebel that Burnett “shot a beautiful series of portraits of Marley at his home–smiling in the yard with an acoustic guitar–Burnett’s images captured an idyll that couldn’t last.” Soul Rebel was edited with an introduction by Chris Murray, and the first exhibition of Burnett’s historic photos was held at Govinda Gallery in March 2009.
We love George Harrison here at Govinda Gallery. It was also forty years ago when Harrison and Marley met at the Roxy in Los Angeles on May 26th, 1976 at Bob Marley and The Wailers’ gig there. Along with George Harrison in attendance were Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Billy Preston, Buddy Miles, Jerry Garcia, Ringo Starr and Dr. Hook, among others. I sure do miss Bob Marley and George Harrison…they brought a lot of light into the world, and their music is still very much with us.
David Burnett’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.
Today is the publication date for Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run. I was so pleased to see Bruce chose Frank Stefanko‘s wonderful photo, taken of him in Haddonfield, NJ during the winter of 1978, for the cover of his book.
Govinda Gallery presented that photo in Frank Stefanko’s first exhibition, Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen, during the fall of 2003 at Govinda. It was also featured in Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography, the traveling museum exhibition organized by Govinda Gallery with the Columbus Museum. Also exhibited in that extraordinary museum tour of large-scale pigment prints was Frank’s beautiful portrait of Patti Smith.
It was a great pleasure for me to edit Frank Stefanko’s first book, also titled Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen. Frank’s photo of Bruce and his ’60 Corvette is featured as a double spread in that book. Frank comments in his book about the day he took that photo, “…he arrived in a slick ’60 Corvette. I think that car was his pride and joy. It was loaded, it was sleek, it ruled Route 9 and the New Jersey Turnpike. I imagined what it would be like to be Bruce, cruising in that Vette up the Pike under that giant Exxon sign in the wee, wee hours, thinking up song ideas while listening to his favorite tunes in that bad-ass Corvette.”
Bruce is also on the cover of the current issue of Vanity Fair, with a photo taken by Annie Leibovitz almost 40 years after Stefanko’s photo. Govinda Gallery hosted Annie Leibovitz’s first exhibition, Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, in November of 1984. That exhibition was also a launch for Annie’s first book of the same title. In that exhibition was Annie’s photo of Bruce in 1981 in Uniondale, New York, which was the first photograph of Springsteen to be shown at Govinda Gallery. That was a remarkable exhibition.
If you haven’t had a chance to see Donovan’s beautiful Sapphograph exhibition at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, you still have time to do so. The exhibition’s last day is on Friday, October 21st. A wonderful overview of Donovan’s remarkable works on paper, including the 12-foot long “Sappho’s Song,” was written by Mark Jenkins in the Washington Post.
Last week it was my great pleasure to assist Donovan at his sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City commemorating the 50th anniversary of his No. 1 hit, “Sunshine Superman.” The concert also featured a guest appearance from singer-songwriter Louise Goffin, who performed a delightful duet with Donovan singing Love Potion No. 9, along with one of Louise’s own songs. Musician, composer, arranger and producer extraordinaire Richard Barone also joined Donovan onstage for a few songs, as well as the original percussionist on the Sunshine Superman recording, John ‘Candy’ Carr. Billboard magazine described the concert as “An evening that felt as much like a concert as it did a shared experience.” It meant a lot to me to be with Donovan at Carnegie Hall, as I saw my first live performance ever at a Ray Charles afternoon concert in 1963 at the legendary music hall.
Donovan recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, backed by Jimmy’s band Cleto and the Cletones. Donovan returns to New York to be honored as only the third person to receive the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th Annual John Lennon Real Love Tribute Concert on December 2nd at Symphony Space in New York City.
Donovan’s Sapphographs are available through Govinda Gallery.
Yesterday The New York Times published a feature story on Michael Chow and his enduring Mr. Chow’s Restaurants. The story included a photo of Andy Warhol at Mr. Chow’s in 1985 with Nick Rhodes and Tina Chow at the East 57th Street location.
I enjoyed a few meals with Andy Warhol at Mr. Chow’s, including one when Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran was on the cover of Warhol’s Interview magazine. It was always an exciting time dining with Andy and while the Nick Rhodes cover issue was out, I remember a dinner Andy hosted at Mr. Chow’s with the brilliant photographer Christopher Makos, Jean-Michel Basquiat, artist Peter Wise, and a few others.
Here is that cover of Interview, featuring Rhodes. This particular issue is signed by Andy Warhol on the cover, and is available through Govinda Gallery. The Nick Rhodes interview by John Duka featured photographs by the legendary Albert Watson. That particular issue also featured a great photo spread by photographer Greg Gorman, along with other images by Mario Testino, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Patrick Demarchelier, among others. Interview published some of the best photography of its time in those days, and Govinda Gallery was fortunate to feature exhibitions of many of the Interview photographers. Also included in the November 1985 issue is Christopher Makos’s monthly photo column, In, as well as my college chum Glenn O’Brien’s music column, Beat.
I recently met the dynamic Irish football star, Tómas Ó Sé. Tómas played 17 years for Ireland’s greatest sports dynasty, Kerry, and during that time won five All-Ireland Championships.
Eddie O’Donnell introduced me to Tómas on a gorgeous, sunny day in County Kerry. Tómas was terrific company and graciously showed us around the westernmost part of Ireland, which is also westernmost part of Europe and the most beautiful part of Ireland.
Tomas recently had his autobiography The White Heat published (Gill Books). I presented Tómas with a copy of Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964, featuring Ted Russell’s photographs. Russell’s photographs were featured earlier this year in an exhibition at Ireland’s national gallery for contemporary photography, The Gallery of Photography. Kerry happened to be in the All-Ireland Championship game in both 1962 and 1964 and won it all in ’62 against Roscommon.
Ted Russell’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.
I was so pleased to just find out that Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964 featuring Ted Russell’s photographs of Bob Dylan during his first years in New York City was just named the Gold Winner for Best Coffee Table Book from Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab 2015 Book of the Year Awards. It also received a Silver Award for Performing Arts & Music book. What an honor it has been for me to collaborate with Ted Russell in producing that book. Congratulations Ted Russell and to the publisher Rizzoli.
Exhibitions of Ted Russell’s photographs are being scheduled for later this year in Havana, Cuba and New York City.
Bob Dylan, Gerde’s Folk City, 1961. © Ted Russell
Ted Russell’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.
Sri Narasimha Avatara. Pencil, Pen, Acrylic and Pastels on Board, 66 x 46 cm.
The Museum of Sacred Art in Durbuy, Belgium recently opened a comprehensive exhibition of the original manuscript paintings and drawings for Illuminations From the Bhagavad-Gita. The Museum of Sacred Art acquired the entire collection of paintings and drawings that were created over a period of six years by Kim Waters for the book co-authored with Chris Murray.
Kim Waters recently traveled to Durbuy near Brussels for the opening of the exhibition. It was by all accounts a festive atmosphere at the opening.
The Museum of Sacred Art also published a beautiful catalog of the exhibition that includes photographs, memorabilia, and other ephemera with an essay by Steven J. Rosen that details the making of Illuminations From the Bhagavad-Gita.
Kiosk at the entrance to the Museum of Sacred Art for the Illuminations From the Bhagavad-Gita exhibition.
Martin Gurvich, Director, Museum of Sacred Art, Indian classical bamboo flute master Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kim Waters, Kirtan singer Vaiyasaki Das, and his wife Kishori
Exhibition installation view.
Exhibition installation view.
Artist Kim Waters at the opening reception with Krishna devotees.
Krishna, the Cow heard Boy of Vrindavan. Pencil, Pen, Acrylic and Pastels on Board, 66 x 46 cm.