Rock and Roll

Be Yourself, and Do What You Do Best.

I could write about the quality and production value of Avant Garde Diaries short film about Malcolm Brickhouse, and Jarad Dawkins, but I don’t want to take away from what they have to say, their dream, and their skills as young musicians. These two young men can teach all of us a thing or two about life, and simply being yourself.


Monsters Singing Covers of Guns n Roses. YES!

Sometimes you just need to see something that is a bit silly. The animations below are just that. Covers of songs by monsters playing for the most part synthesizers by Kristof Luyckx. Simple animations, nice illustrations, and goofy voices that made me chuckle. Chuckling is good. Enjoy monsters signing Depeche Mode, Guns n Roses, The Scorpions and more.

Legendary Photographer Jim Marshall.

Yesterday, legendary photographer Jim Marshall died in New York City. For those that don’t know, Marshall was responsible for some of the most icon photography of musicians in the 20th century. He captured images of everything from John Coltrane in Central Park, to Jimmy Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival, to Johnny Cash giving the one finger salute at San Quentin.

Apparently the San Francisco native died alone at Morrison Hotel.  He was in New York to promote a new book with photographer Timothy White.

Among his many claims to fame, he was the only photographer allowed back stage at what would turn out to be the Beatles final live concert performance at Candlestick park in 1966.

Marshall’s work has been showcased in various galleries from Amsterdam to Tokyo, including Morrison Hotel, where he was staying at the time of his death, and the Fahey/Klein gallery as well. Marshall also published  a series of heralded books including 1997’s Not Fade Away, 2001’s Proof, 2006’s Jazz, and a forthcoming title from mid-2009 entitled, Trust, focusing on Marshall’s works in color.

If you ever get a chance to see his works in person, I highly recommend it. In addition, his work can be seen on his website here.