Jim Marshall…the only photographer allowed backstage at The Beatles last concert, the chief photographer at Woodstock, the guy who shot Jimi Hendrix as he set his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival and Janis Joplin with that Southern Comfort bottle and Bob Dylan casually rolling a tire down the street and Johnny Cash famously flipping the bird at the World…died in New York on Tuesday night. He was here for the opening of his “Match Prints” exhibition, a book project he and Timothy White did together, at Staley-Wise Gallery in Soho.
Every year for more than a decade, Michael Grecco and I have hosted a dinner for photographers who are still hanging around New York after the annual Photo Expo, and Jimmy was always there…telling stories, grabbing the ladies and usually yelling at me ‘cuz his wine glass was mysteriously empty! Jim is an honest to God legend in photography circles…one of the few guys I know who can be described as being ‘The Real Deal’. And a total wildman, too…that prizefighter nose of his wasn’t for show! One night he showed up with a shiner under his eye and a big gash across the bridge of his nose…the result of a ‘disagreement’ he had in a bar the night before…but Jimmy was also one of the nicest guys you’d ever wanna meet and a true friend. I’m gonna miss him at the dinner table…..
Lisa Germano has always been an artist that’s been hard to pin a label on. The violinist, pianist and vocalist first popped up on John Mellencamp’s 1987 album The Lonesome Jubilee and was a mainstay of his band for seven years. Since then, she’s gotten rid of the tag ‘John Cougar’s fiddle player’ and hooked up with a string of A-List talent including Sheryl Crow, David Bowie, Neil Finn, Bob Dylan, Simple Minds, Indigo Girls and Iggy Pop and all the while, occasionally drops little gems of her own…her album Geek, The Girl, was even included in the list of the top alternative albums of the decade compiled by Spin magazine. Yet for all the success she’s had and her obvious talent, she has still managed to remain largely unnoticed outside of the coffee shops and small clubs where her kind of music shines. Today she releases her twelfth solo recording, Magic Neighbor, a melancholy collection of her truly unique songs that will surely keep the coffee house crowd happy.
No…this isn’t an April Fool’s joke…you’re actually seeing a Bob Dylan song on the Song of the Day List! ‘Together Through Life’ will be Bob Dylan’s forty-sixth album since his storied career began in 1962, and will be his first studio album since Modern Times was released in 2006 and ‘cuz all the kids are doin’ it these days, he’s offering the first single, ‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin’, as a free download. Now, it might be because I just saw Cadillac Records last weekend and I’m feelin’ the Blues, but to me it sounds like Mr. Zimmerman must have been listening to a few Chess Records from the fifties before he laid down this track…the bluesey guitar licks, the squeeze-box accordion, the bone-dry trumpet crying out in the background, all coming together and wrapping around Bobby’s gutteral growl…..it’s almost like he’s sending out a love letter to Muddy Waters! The album drops April 28th and you can learn more by visiting his Website or head on over to MySpace to stream a few more songs.