A few months ago Donna Means from Salon DM3 asked me to do a new photo of her team. She wanted to do something special so I asked her if she wanted to try to make it look like one of the Vanity Fair Hollywood covers. I tried to do my best version of an Annie Leibovitz photo.
This is the first time all 33 artists I photographed for Athens Potluck have been seen in one place. Here's the final lineup for the book.
On Jan 21st, while the Women's March was happening in Washington DC, the members of the band Lullwater and I were in Athens, GA, driving around in a van collecting old televisions on loan from friends to use on set for a new music video for the new Lullwater song, "American Glutton."
We were all disappointed to be missing out on the local march in Athens, but we were on a tight deadline. We collected thirty-four TV's from Athens friends and spent the next twenty-four hours building the set for the video at Live Wire in downtown Athens.
Working with Lullwater is always a blast, but this time our job felt urgent. Ray the base player spent his time pulling footage from Trump's inauguration plus archival news footage from various outlets, while the rest of us stacked and re-stacked the old TV's into what would become the "wall of video" for the shoot.
Live Wire was more than generous with their time, space and video projectors. Adam "Elbo" Jones showed up at the last minute and created an amazing look with mapped video projections which became the primary light source for the musicians as they played live. Chad and Kyle added some last minute muscle with their eyes on second and third camera.
Please Enjoy. American Glutton by Lullwater.
Join us on Wednesday Feb 8th at the Georgia Theatre for an evening with Bob Gruen. We'll screen the documentary Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen and SheHeHe will perform songs inspired by his photographs. I have the great honor of hosting the Q&A with Bob directly after the film. Bob Gruen is one of the most well known and respected photographers in Rock and Roll. By the mid '70s he was already regarded as one of the foremost documenters of the scene working with major attractions such as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, KISS etc., and also covering the emerging New Wave and Punk bands including New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones & Blondie.
The doors open at 6:00 and film starts at 7:00. Check out the trailer and get your tickets at the Georgia Theatre.
Check out Bob's work online www.BobGruen.com