Donovan headlines the acoustic stage at the Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England tomorrow. The New York Times today in a front page story in the Arts section calls the Glastonbury festival “the world’s biggest music event to unfold on a single expanse of green field.” Donovan celebrates his 50th anniversary as a musical artist this year. Govinda Gallery is celebrating the 50 years of musical and poetic genius of Donovan with an exhibition of Sapphographs in the fall. More info to follow.
Govinda Gallery opened its doors on 34th and Prospect Streets in Georgetown in June of 1975. This June marks the 40th anniversary of Govinda Gallery. I want to thank all of the artists, publishers, clients, friends, and supporters who have worked with us and enjoyed our efforts over these past 40 years.
Last summer Irish journalist Paul Cox did an extensive interview with Govinda Gallery director Chris Murray for Cox’s Irish TV show The Green Room. The interview, which took place in a suite at the Farnam Radisson Blu, covered the origins of Govinda Gallery, its opening in 1975, as well as many of its exhibitions and activities up until today.
Among the artists and personalities discussed are Andy Warhol, Howard Carr, Salvador Dali, Amanda Lear, Kim Waters, Michael Netter, Bob Colacello, Glen O’Brien, Frank Stefanko, Robert Hayes, Annie Leibovitz, Daniel Kramer, Alfred Wertheimer, Bob Gruen, Jill Fermanovsky, Harry Benson, Astrid Kirchherr, Jurgen Vollmer, Barry Feinstein, Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones, Gus Coral, Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison, Jann Wenner, Bob Marley, David Burnett, Brian Roylance, Muhammad Ali, Howard Bingham, Neil Leifer, Ken Regan, Bob Dylan, Ted Russell, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Woody Guthrie, Richard Lewis, Carl Titolo, Carlotta Hester, Herman Leonard, William Claxton, Bill Gottlieb, The Strypes, Martin Donohoe, Sean O’Shea, and Aoife Murray.
It was a great opening for the first exhibition of Scott Smith’s photographs of Tom Waits at Mr Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles. It was a beautiful evening and the gallery was packed from the start to the finish of the opening reception. Above is one of the framed photos of Tom Waits by Smith from the exhibition.
Kim ‘Boss’ Pappaterra, proprietor of Carmine’s, and Chris Murray at the Hollywood Bowl. Copyright Govinda Gallery Archive
Yesterday the New York Times published a front-page review of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s concert at Radio City Music Hall. I had the great pleasure of seeing them perform together recently at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. They were both brilliant… separately and together. Steven Holden in the New York Times yesterday wrote that Tony Bennett “embodied the patriarch of American popular song,” and that Lady Gaga was “an irresistible force.” He was right on both counts.
I recently went to see the world premiere of Marley at the Center Stage theater in Baltimore featuring the music and lyrics of Bob Marley. It was a great evening of music, song, and dance. It was made even more special as I went with Junior Marvin, guitarist for Bob Marley’s band from the Exodus recording to his passing, as well as with Dermot Hussey, the award-winning reggae radio personality and historian. We gathered before the play for a jam session in my hotel room.
One of the best bands I have heard in a while are The Swamp Donkeys. If you like brilliant traditional American musical styles, catch The Swamp Donkeys at my favorite live music venue in Washington, Hamilton Live on June 30.
The Swamp Donkeys are an extremely versatile group of young musicians who play traditional jazz, blues, vaudeville, original music, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles. They have educations in the authentic, New Orleans, grassroots music scene, playing local festivals and second lines, then transitions into world-class music education programs, playing in concerts all over the globe. Their sound is enormously accessible with their frontmen, the Louis Armstrong-sounding, soulful and sweet James Williams, and the audience-wooing, banjo-strumming, song-writing extraordinaire Sam Friend.
From Reflections From Hell by Richard Lewis and Carl Titolo (powerHouse Books 2015)
Charlie Rose just did an amazing interview with comedian, author, and actor Richard Lewis. The first part of the interview features a discussion of Lewis’ new book Reflections From Hell: Richard Lewis’ Guide on How Not to Live. Lewis talks in detail about his collaboration with artist and teacher Carl Nicholas Titolo whose 50 images accompany Lewis’ ‘reflections.’ Charlie Rose’s interview is a terrific look at Lewis and his creative life. Interview below.
The incredible Taschen publishers just released the most stunning book in print of Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs of Elvis Presley in 1956. Here is a link to the Taschen site for Elvis & the Birth of Rock and Roll. Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.