Music Journalism A-Z – Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren personifies the admirable place of music industry subject matter authority. She has the right mix of multifaceted skills that when combined or executed singularly create demand for her ability. According to her biography, Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer, editor, book packager, producer, and music consultant.  If that’s not enough for you she teaches Arts Journalism at the State University of New York in New Paltz, NY and has lectured at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University. She has guest lectured at Cornell, Penn, MTSU and CUNY, among other universities.

I am especially taken with how she embodies her knowledge when it comes to American cultural fashion. She has served as a consultant, writer, and/​or lecturer on Western wear at several museums, including the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Autry Museum of the American West, the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame, the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. So its safe to say she looks and acts the part 😉

I learn more readily why she was chosen to co-write the book John Varvatos: Rock In Fashion (with John Varvatos, projected availability September 2013). One of these days I am going to own a John Varvatos ensemble. This book will be invaluable in helping to choose that desired wardrobe item.


I am eager for another book Holly George-Warren is now authoring the biography of Alex Chilton, to be published by Viking Press in 2014. I know she will write with diligence and just the right amount of revelation necessary to tell his story to the world.

The Road to Woodstock

I own three of  the many books she has written.  The first book, The Road to Woodstock is an autographed hardcover that Holly George-Warren signed in person at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Woodstock 40th Anniversary Event (The book was also signed that evening by co-writer Micheal Lang, Woodstock co-creator, Henry Diltz, “Official” Woodstock photographer (Founder of Morrison Hotel Gallery) and John B. Sebastian, the performer featured on the cover).

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years is the other book I own by Holly George-Warren.  I use the book as a constant reference along with the companion Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 9 DVD set. We attended the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden that same year 2009. We also have the HBO DVD recording of that super star event to help us relive that evening 😉

If I have peaked your interest about Holly George-Warren and you wish to learn more about her story, watch this two- part interview on the Rock Book Show You Tube channel.

I learned from watching the interview that Holly George-Warren was the book packager for the centerpiece title Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. This is the third book in my library. I loved that blues project which incorporated the 100 year Salute to the Blues at Radio City Music Hall that was captured on film, Lightning In A Bottle. So once again I am educated by Holly George-Warren through this book. We attended the Salute to the Blues event at Radio City Music Hall in 2003. I also watched the entire PBS series The Blues. There has never been such a comprehensive multimedia focused effort for the blues before or since.


Rock Music Photographers, A-Z, Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman was the first photographer to work for America’s legendary Rolling Stone magazine, many of whose images from the late sixties and early seventies have become iconic shots from rock’s most productive era. I have read Rolling Stone Magazine since its inception and have very fond memories of Baron Wolman’s unique photographs. He defined and shaped my rock and roll music tastes through his insightful lens.

Book: Every Picture Tells A Story, Baron Wolman, The Rolling Stone Years (Due to be released in October, 2011).

I look forward to this book being available later this year. I hope Baron Wolman comes East to autograph the book along with a  photo gallery show at Morrison Hotel Gallery.

I own this piece on my music wall in my home office, signed by Baron Wolman and Carlos Santana, it’s a striking work of art.

Copyright Baron Wolman
Copyright Baron Wolman

Rock Music Photographers, A-Z, Frank Stefanko

Frank Stefanko is a fine art photographer whose work graces the album covers of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River as well as the cover of Southside Johnny’s Hearts of Stone album.

Frank’s portfolio includes vintage and contemporary photographs of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith, as well as other rock artists from the sixties and seventies including The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Bette Midler, Johnny Winters and more.  (Bio information courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery)

Book: Patti Smith American Artist


Rock Music Photographers, A-Z, Steve Joester

Steve Joester is a British born photographer and mixed media artist working and living in New York City. He surrounds a photographic image with wild accented colors and textures. He incorporates a technique of nail polish, burlap, solder, gold leaf paint, and oil sticks. He infuses the photographs with vibrant richness of colors.  Joester creates 3-D like visual art that causes a visual art explosion that captures the excitement of live rock and roll.


Rock Music Photographers, A-Z, Henry Diltz

Henry Diltz’s photographic images convey the essentials of our admiration of famous musicians. This is due to the fact that Henry is a folk musician himself, a long-standing member of the Modern Folk Quartet. He’s a resident of the magical, creative community known as Laurel Canyon in California. His photography career began with a snapshot of The Monkees and has progressed to being the co-founder of The Morrison Hotel Gallery, which is our favorite music collector store 🙂

He was the official photographer for the Monterey International Pop Festival and Woodstock. He has over 200 album and CD covers to his credit. They include of course ;), Morrison Hotel by the Doors, James Taylor‘s Sweet Baby James and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Copyright Henry Diltz 1969

Below is the YouTube video about the Morrison Hotel Gallery exhibition which features Henry on main vocal and clarinet performing the Modern Folk Quartet’s rendition of “Look for the Silver Lining”.

Copyright Henry Diltz 1969

We had the distinct privilege of meeting Henry Diltz at the Morrison Hotel Gallery 40th Anniversary party celebration.

Copyright Henry Diltz 1969

Rock Music Photographers A-Z, Robert Altman

Robert Altman begins my series about rock music photographers from A-Z. The criteria used to decide what photographers will be featured in this series was based upon several factors.

1) Counter culture influence

2) Keen eye for unique and historical perspectives

3) Photographs images that instill inspiration and/or raise consciousness

4) Creates indelible photographs that become etched upon our hearts, minds and souls

I’m proud to start with Robert Altman’s work. As a long time reader of Rolling Stone Magazine, Robert’s images have created beautiful sensations for me as a rock music fan.

Quoting Ben Fong-Torres (courtesy of The Morrison Hotel Gallery).

“What is it about photographers that makes them almost invariably shy? Robert Altman is so self-effacing about his work, that he’s called on me to draw him out I’m happy to do so. I worked with Robert at Rolling Stone in 1970. Robert was a member of one of the publication’s first groups of brilliant photographers, coming in between Baron Wolman and Annie Leibovitz-two other shy types. (Maybe that’s why they’re behind the camera.)”

Robert Altman is a friend on Facebook. I like what he posts and when our thoughts share common points of view.

I love his book, The Sixties. I don’t own a copy yet but its on my amazon wish list 😉 When my wife and I were in Seattle in 2009 we saw the Summer of Love display in the Seattle Macy’s window one morning and it was warmly captivating.

These are three of my favorite photographs by Robert Altman.

© Robert Altman, 1969
© Robert Altman, 1970
© Robert Altman, 1969

Jim Marshall – Pocket Cash – Morrison Hotel Gallery

I really miss the late photographer Jim Marshall. I was very affected by his death. We never met in person but I knew of him through his photographic lens. The first photograph of Jim Marshall that caught my eye was of James Marshall Hendrix at Monterey Pop in 1967.  I recall opening Rolling Stone then the newspaper and seeing this photograph speak so powerfully to me.

Photo by Jim Marshall

Throughout the decades more and more of Jim Marshall’s photographs became ingrained in my consciousness. Eventually I began to own autographed copies of his music photography books so I could hold and study his photographic art at close range.

First I purchased Proof, through Wolfgang’s Vault. It was a tremendous study of Jim Marshall’s camera proofs that spoke to me in intimate detail. I later saw his real proofs displayed at the John Varvatos Store in Las Vegas on the walls of the clothier.

Next I bought Jazz, which increased my knowledge of the great jazz artists I had wanted to meet through Jim’s friendship and trust with these great musicians. My favorite photograph in that book was the picture of Allen Ginsberg looking at Thelonious Monk in magical awe and wonder. I once met Allen Ginsberg in person at the University of New Haven (but that’s another story for another day).

Photograph by Jim Marshall

I last bought Jim Marshall’s Trust through The Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street in SoHo, New York City. That book spoke to me the deepest as I learned about how Jim Marshall earned the trust of each artist he photographed.

We had planned to go to see Jim Marshall at the original Pocket Cash event at The Morrison Hotel Gallery but God had other plans for our photographer of the stars.

We were just acknowledged of the Pocket Cash Apple Store and Morrison Hotel Gallery event in New York City on Thursday March 24th, 2011. We’re going to do all we can to attend both events.

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