|Iris Berry with John Scarpati|
The timing couldn't have been more perfect. Last Friday was the theatrical release of the hit musical Rock of Ages, which features the songs of the bands and era documented in Scarpati's book. And the Annenberg Space for Photography show Who Shot Rock & Roll? opens tonight. Ed Colver, whose photos are featured in the Annenberg exhibition was on hand to give kudos to Scarpati and collect more than a few accolades, himself. One of my favorite moments of the night was series of reminiscences between Ed, John, Hugh Brown and myself about four different eras in the music business.
|Legendary punk lensman Ed Colver|
From 5-7 PM on Monday, June 25th, Scarpati will be here to dish some behind-the-scenes stories about the shoots captured in this exhibition. Then we're all heading up the hill to the Barnsdall Theater (within the Barnsdall Art Park complex –home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock house) for the unveiling of John's iconic Fishbone photo which was just added to the Smithsonian Institute's permanent collection of important contemporary images.
|Team Scarpati: Matt Kennedy, Lee Joseph, |
Cindy Schwarzstein, Wendy Sherman & John Scarpati
Speaking of Rock & Roll, next Thursday is a Fishfry for the ages when Romeo Void vocalist Debora Iyal headlines an evening that includes The Groovy Rednecks and the Skip Heller Trio.
You really need to make into La Luz de Jesus Gallery more often...