Pop counterculture photojournalist, Theresa Kereakes has been chronicling bands since the late 1970s. From working the ticket counter at the Whiskey to producing and supervising installments of VH1’s infamous Storytellers series to shooting video for Sting’s Rain Forest Foundation, her career continues to expand. This month the photographer has the distinctive experience of having two sets of works in Christie’s Pop Culture Auction.
Among collectables of poster bills for the Velvet Underground, Joy Division and Clash along with vintage Seditionaries bondage pants and historic pop culture pins will be Kereakes’ formidable photographic works. These include sets of twelve shots of The Germs first practice and of Belinda Carlisle and dancer Pleasant Gehman affecting various pin up girl poses. Each set is accompanied by a letter from the artist.
Christie’s Pop Culture Auction starts Tuesday, June 23rd 2009.
Archive for June, 2009
Posted by A.C. Rhodes on June 23, 2009
Posted by A.C. Rhodes on June 21, 2009
There’s a slew of blogs filed under B to take care of this week. The first of which is Ben Fong-Torres’s blog. The former Stone editor, author and scribe has chosen The Red Room site to host his blog where one can read his musings, catch audio and video clips and have access to related links, including ones to his published works.
Recent entries include musings on how one of his supposedly limited edition autographed books (with Ray Manzarek) from a smaller book shop in the Bay Area wound up at a Barnes & Noble bargain bin. And his ventures into karaoke, one which led him to the Dick Clark produced, “Your Big Break” in 2000, where contestants dressed as the song’s originators. Take that, Zimmy.
Up next is BerlinBites, expatriate and NPR correspondant, Ed Ward’s blog, which has since switched to City on a Hill (Ward in France) his “Blog From Montpellier, France. Food, Wine, Travel, and, Unavoidably, the French”, upon his move to Montpelier earlier this spring. B2 is kept on our sidebar since its terribly interesting and leads the reader right to the latest City on a Hill entry.
Of his move, Ed candidly writes, “Berlin, it seems, is a place which doesn’t seem to hold people: even a large percentage of the Germans I’ve known over the years have moved on, unable to achieve what they wanted to do in the negative atmosphere the place exudes. Berlin is broke. Berlin is huge. Berlin is ugly. Individuals can try to spend a part of their energy in resisting that, or they can move on. I made my choice.”
Hmm… not the panacea of marzipan and cross-dressing that Lou Reed painted. But what didn’t kill either of them sent one to South France where he writes so descriptively of the place that the reader feels as if they are there. The vivid visuals don’t hurt, either. Sacre bleu, Ed.
And lastly, but certainly not leastly, budscorner lets you, the reader, in on the mind of music writer and former A&R man, Bud Scoppa. Here you can read selections of his mid-year playlist to his thoughts on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Scoppa even treats you to some exclusive interviews, like he did earlier this spring with guitar empresario, M. Ward.
These veteran music writers have definitely evolved and branched out in terms of music and subjects, so visiting them is always worthwhile.
Posted by A.C. Rhodes on June 3, 2009
The past few weeks have seen some break ups ( Radio & Records, Performing Songwriter) and shake ups ( Paste Magazine‘s appeal to readers), while other e-zines and print mags have gone about their business with new issues. Two that stand out are the premiere and spring issues of Blurt (in print) and The Oxford American #10 (which includes a two CD set to be discussed further in another column).
Within the pages of Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue you will find a stellar cast of music critic/writers as Alan Light, Chet Flippo, Greil Marcus and Peter Guralnick. Some of the subjects like Neko Case, Love… with Arthur Lee and Jack Teagarden get double treatment with two contrasting stories a piece.
In its debut print issue, Blurt contains a fine how do you do from the editor in chief, Scott Crawford plus a reintroduction to the dedicated editorial staff, a cover story on “14 Ways to Forget About the Recession”, features on Heartless Bastards and Anthony & the Johnsons, a heart felt piece on the late Ron Ashton by Tim Stegall (while Lux Interior is the spring issue’s “In Memorium”), and more Neko Case for those who need it. The prolific Robyn Hitchcock graces “Famous Last Words” (Blurt‘s back pages).
Much like The Oxford American, the glossy print versions area bound to be keepsakes at $12 a year. And, of course, the online mag updates daily. Presently, there is a nostalgiac piece on the 38th anniversary of the Fillmore West’s closing.
Perfect Sound Forever editor Jason Gross, who has a copious in depth article on ’70s psychedelic blues jam band The Insect Trust in The Oxford American, has the latest issue of his e-mag up. This installment features pieces on 360 deals and vinyl resurgence as well as an extensive interview with pre-punk music empressario Danny Fields and another with Velvet Underground engineer and unoffical co-producer, Norman Dolph by Richie Unterberger. The latter is exerpted from his upcoming, comprehensive book about the band, White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day. Unterberger, author of eight other tomes is a cheif music reviewer for AllMusicGuide.com.
PSF also boasts the most comprehensive interview with Richard Meltzer (other than our own, of course). And speaking of Mr. Meltzer, be sure to check out Mike Watt’s latest podcast with him as a guest on the Watt from Pedro Show.