Music of 1968, Rock and Roll’s Greatest Year from Time Life

It’s a hefty claim that the music of 1968 was rock and roll’s greatest year. Time Life’s editors conducted an admirable job substantiating that belief.

The magazine has compelling photographs from premier rock photographers Jim Marshall, Barry Feinstein, Michael Ochs, Elliot Landy, Herb Greene, and Baron Wolman.

The 10 albums that defined that year are all a part of my vinyl collection and receive regular listening.

  1. Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
  2. Odessey and Oracle – The Zombies
  3. Music From Big Pink – The Band
  4. Waiting For The Sun – The Doors
  5. Truth – Jeff Beck
  6. Wheels Of Fire – Cream
  7. Electric Ladyland – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  8. Astral Weeks-Van Morrison
  9. The Beatles – The Beatles
  10. Beggars Banquet – The Rolling Stones

The Public Library and Richard Brautigan

Many years ago I would visit on a regular basis, the South Norwalk Public Library.  While looking through the stacks of books I stumbled upon a man who was sitting at a table. He had a huge stack of books in front of him and was avidly reading a title. He had a brown bag lunch with a sandwich half eaten on top of the folded down brown bag. Odd yet poignant what we remember from our childhood.

I asked the librarian who he was and she said to me, “He comes here every day, rain or shine. Stays until closing time. His mission is to read every book in the library before he dies.” I smiled at her, checked out my books and left wondering about this eccentric person I happened upon. I would see him on subsequent visits to the library and say hello as I passed by his regular table.

I think about him from time to time when I see a new book that I want to own and read. I am curious how well read he became. I’ve built a real music library in my home office. I haven’t gotten around to reading many of the music books I have purchased yet. Life keeps us busy. Like many people I read more Web pages than printed pages anymore. The guilt of incomplete reading plagues the music of our heart. I have to remedy this….

If I had my druther I’d retire early so that I could listen to all the music I own and wish to hear from the cloud. That would serve as my backdrop for reading the music books that call me. Note to self: Get a reading lamp and easy chair for the home office…

One author I discovered through Rolling Stone Magazine in the early 70’s was Richard Brautigan. He served as the counterculture author. I was drawn to his works as a twenty year old, community college student. (Little did I realize I would become a part-time lecturer at a community college…)

I’ve looked about the house for my copies of his classic works that I must read again. Alas they are nowhere to be found. I will have to repurchase some of his books to fill that void.

This title comes to mind.

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“The Abortion” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Abortion.jpg#/media/File:The_Abortion.jpg

What triggered these sentiments is the discovery of a new photography book by Erik Weber, Seeing Richard: Rare and Previously Unpublished Images of Richard Brautigan.  

“Erik Weber’s photographs are starkly beautiful works in their own right — but the really great thing for me is that they also amplify the reputation of an outstanding American writer who has been neglected for too long…” from Mr. Cocker’s foreword.

Next to music books, I love to collect photography books. I have another book for my never-ending list. Perhaps I should ask my local librarian to order it for me…;)

State of the Blues – Jeff Dunas

I picked up a copy of a new magazine to me, American Photo (March/April 2015) yesterday. The issue focuses on music photographers of then and now.

I just can’t get enough of music photography books. State of the Blues by photographer Jeff Dunas is an incredible portrait study of the artists who define the blues.

A hardcover book and paperback of the same title (1998) published by Aperture Foundation, includes photographs by Jeff Dunas, interviews with leading blues performers, a preface by John Lee Hooker, and an introduction by William Ferris.

Photograph Copyright Jeff Dunas

 

Love This Book Trailer

The time is getting closer to when a highly anticipated photography book I want to own becomes available, October 14th to be precise 😉

The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution book trailer appeared this morning in my Facebook stream. I was immediately hooked. What I found more compelling than the photographs from Jim Marshall’s Leica was the music underneath, “Who Do You Love (Part 1)” by Quicksilver Messenger Service fits so perfectly. I have been in a Quicksilver/San Francisco magical mood ever since. 🙂

Happy Trails (album)
Happy Trails (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope that there is a book signing event with the publisher in New York City next month, fingers crossed. Happy Trails to you until we meet again!

Bob Minkin’s Live Dead Photography Book

I discovered an invaluable rock photography publication for my music book collection. Bob Minkin, music photographer/historian has curated and published with Insight Editions an authoritative photography book, LIVE DEAD.

LIVE DEAD is a stunning 224 page hardcover coffee table book spanning almost 40 years of epic Grateful Dead photos and stories by Bob Minkin. The book will ship October 2014, preorders being accepted now.

Jerry Garcia’s Rosebud Guitar

I was pushing the grocery cart down the magazine aisle at Stop & Shop when a music magazine cover rang out to me.

Photograph by Rayon Richards

I didn’t hesitate to reach for the magazine when I saw the cover of Guitar AficionadoThe Deadhead in me gingerly placed the magazine in my shopping cart. I said to myself as I headed to the checkout, “I have my idea for a music blog post this weekend.” 🙂

Jerry Garcia‘s Rosebud guitar is pictured inside the magazine. An American beauty of a guitar that Don Irwin, guitar luthier custom-built for him. Jerry Garcia considered Rosebud Don Irwin’s masterpiece. One look will tell you why.

(The photos below and above are from Guitar Aficionado, Copyright 2014. If you love guitars I urge you to pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue or any of their other fantastic back issues here. They do guitars total justice)

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Photograph by Jay Blakesberg
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Linda McCartney Retrospective – Vienna, Austria

Linda McCartney, London © 1968 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Eric Clapton

The music of our heart loves the photographic beauty captured through the lens of Linda McCartney.There is a new retrospective of her work featuring 190 of her iconic photographs. The Linda McCartney show is on view at the Kunst Haus Wien Museum in Vienna, Austria until October 6, 2013.

The curatorial work has been done by members of the McCartney family and Andreas Hirsch, curator of Kunst Haus Wien, in collaboration with Claudia Schmid of Linda Enterprises Ltd.

Paul McCartney, his wife Nancy and his brother Michael attended opening night. You can get more insight about that evening here.

Copyright 2013 PaulMcCartney.com
Copyright 2013 PaulMcCartney.com