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
More photographs of Maya and Babatunji from Alonzo King LINES Ballet behind the old the Firehouse Package Store on Broad Street in Athens, GA. I used to take my old Volkswagen for repairs to a mechanic in this building. The dancers warmed up here, and we took a few shots before moving on to Howard's Body Shop next door.
The Firehouse Package Store was bulldozed last year but it was immortalized in the R.E.M. song Oddfellows Local 151 from the album Document:
Why do the heathens rage behind the firehouse
Where Peewee sits upon the wall to preach?
This boy and girl that gather pearls
Of wisdom falling from his mouth...
Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group
Maya and Babatunji are dancers with The Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco, CA. LINES was in Athens for a performance at UGA's Performing Arts Center. I was lucky to connect with Babatunji at The East Athens Dance Center on MLK Day. He and the rest of the dancers had a full schedule while they were in Athens, and Babatunji literally had 90 minutes free before he left for Memphis. At the last minute, he invited Maya to join us. As I was heading to the hotel to pick them up, I passed Howard's Body Shop and realized that it might be the perfect location. Howard kept working on a car while we were shooting, barely looking up as these two amazing artists danced around his shop.