Legendary Music Photographer Bob Gruen at the Georgia Theatre

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

Maya and Babatunji of LINES Ballet - Behind The Firehouse

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 of LINES Ballet at Howard's Body Shop

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.

The Russian Ballerina

Thanks to UGA's Performing Arts Center, The Russian Ballet, and this young dancer, Elizaveta, for helping me create these photographs. Originally I thought we were going to do the photo shoot on stage with the beautiful painted Russian backgrounds. When I arrived, the dancers were deep into rehearsals, so Elizaveta and I stepped outside and used the loading dock instead. This was Elizaveta's first tour with The Russian Ballet and her first time in the US.

Benares India 1998

The Ganges front is the supreme showplace of Benares. Its tall bluffs are solidly caked from water to summit, along a stretch of three miles, with a splendid jumble of massive and picturesque masonry, a bewildering and beautiful confusion of stone platforms, temples, stair flights, rich and stately palaces, softening away into the distances; and there is movement, motion, human like everywhere, and brilliantly costumed - streaming in rainbows up and down the lofty stairways, and massed in metaphorical gardens on the miles of great platforms at the river’s edge.
— Mark Twain