"They play it safe. Are quick to assassinate what they do not understand. They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another. They feel most comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow. They are us. This is what we have become. Afraid to respect the individual. A single person within a circumstance can move one to change, to love our self, to evolve."
And if you do have some questions Natalie Hopkinson has an interesting post on theroot.com about the above music video.
MUSIC INDUSTRY PHOTOGRAPHER JIM MARSHALL 1936 - 2010
From the music news page of the NPR web site:
"I'm not sure that the art world appreciates music photography adequately, but they will become more and more appreciative," he says. "And as we get further and further away from the remarkable maelstrom of music that Jim Marshall walked through and photographed in the '60s and '70s, we will see how truly unique and singular those people and events were, and his viewpoints on it will be the way we see it."
Some of his iconic photos can be found below.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND "THE BIG MAN"
ANGUS YOUNG [AC/DC]
MILES DAVIS WITH ACTOR STEVE MCQUEEN
You can learn more about the life and times of photographer Jim Marshall here. You can see more of the music photographs of Jim Marshall here.
A little info on the life of music photographer Joel Brodsky.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joel Brodsky graduated from Syracuse University in 1961 where he took his first and only course in photography.After graduation he worked at a local camera store acquiring the cameras he used when he went into business. Following a brief stint in the Army he worked as an assistant for one of New York’s top fashion photographers where he learned about commercial photography.Married and with his first child, in 1967 he opened his own studio where he shot his first photos that were used on an album. His fourth cover shooting for “The Doors” was part of a package that got nominated for a Grammy, (it was the first of nine covers he did for the group) and gave him access to many other record companies.In a time when the cover art was the only visual representation of their artists for the record buying public, Brodsky’s style helped to create an image for many diverse performers; from Aretha Franklin to Judy Collins, from Iggy Pop to Isaac Hayes and Country Joe & the Fish to Gladys Knight & The Pips. Among the last of his album photo sessions was the first Kiss cover in 1975. Altogether he shot well over 400 covers in that eight year period, and was also the advertising agency for six different labels. Later he worked for many commercial clients including: Revlon, Avon, Dupont, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.
GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS
ABOVE THREE SHOTS, TAKEN FOR THEPACKAGING OF THE OHIO PLAYERS "PLEASURE"ALBUM
Growing up was of my favorite reads was RollingStone magazine. if I recall correctly it used to hit the newsstand (should have just subscribed) with a new issue every other week sometimes. Outside of reading the articles about who was on a come-up in the world of music, I loved seeing the illustration work. Often found on the left-hand side of the RS table of contents page, the images of the day's rock, rap and R and B stars belonged to the artist Philip Burke. RS has utilized the illustration work of more than a few incredibly talented illustrators throughout its long and legendary history. However, to this day, Burke remains a favorite (of mine). There is just something about his renderings that are both real and surreal at the same time. The unfamiliar among you can find some his images of Rap and Rock below along with a video of the man himself discussing his work and background.
As noted here before, The Classics is going down with another exhibit tonight in DC celebrating the art of the 12 inch vinyl album cover. having covered Rap and Soul music, this time the minds behind the event have set their attention on Rock music.
See below for all of the details. if you're based in DC you should be sure to drop by.
The Classics - An Album Cover Art Exploration - Series 3: ROCK
*Over 70 Classic Rock Albums courtesy of DJ RBI
Wednesday, March 3
5pm - 9pm
at Lounge of 3 - 1013 Ust. NW
No Cover No Dress Code Complimentary Smirnoff 7pm - 9pm Complimentary product courtesy of Fender Guitars, SSUR, and Johnny Cash (Universal Records) Sounds courtesy of DJ Nick tha 1da, DJ 2-Tone Jones, and DJ RBI