1977 Prince Photos by Robert Whitman at Mr Musichead in Hollywood

Posted by The G on February 27, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos of Robert Whitman’s photos by G.

Prince by Robert Whitman

Prince by Robert Whitman

Los Angeles!  If you are a fan of Prince, you must head over to Mr Musichead in Hollywood to check out a photo exhibit of the singer (circa 1977) by Robert Whitman.  A year before Prince’s debut album “For You” was released, photographer Robert Whitman conducted a series of photo shoots with the soon to be iconic singer in Minnesota for inclusion in Prince’s press kit as he searched for a record deal.  Only 15 press kits were ever assembled and they are one of the most sought after items amongst fans.

Partial gallery view

Partial gallery view

The photographs in this collection are stunning as it’s nearly unfathomable to imagine a time where Prince was merely a 19 year old unknown singer with some songs and a dream.

Close-up of a proof sheet of Prince by Robert Whitman

Close-up of a proof sheet of Prince by Robert Whitman

Prince by Robert Whitman

Prince by Robert Whitman

Many of the photos from these shoots have never been seen before, so you will not want to miss your chance to see these iconic photographs in person.

Prince by Robert Whitman

Prince by Robert Whitman

Mr Musichead is located at 7511 West Sunset Blvd.

Prince by Robert Whitman

Prince by Robert Whitman

Prince by Robert Whitman will be on display through March 7, 2014.

NOW AVAILABLE: “UNFINISHED LYRICS” by GEOFFREY DICKER

Posted by The G on February 14, 2014 under The G Spot | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

"Sketches of Verbal Alchemy" and "Unfinished Lyrics" by Geoffrey Dicker.  OUT NOW!

“Sketches of Verbal Alchemy” and “Unfinished Lyrics” by Geoffrey Dicker. OUT NOW!

Great news!   My 2nd book “Unfinished Lyrics” is NOW AVAILABLE!

It’s only $4.99 for your Kindle and $9.99 if you are old school like me and want a hard copy for your book shelf.  It can be yours via Amazon.com at this link (which will open in a new window).

My first book “Sketches of Verbal Alchemy” is also available on Amazon.com at this link (which will open in a new window).

The support and love you all give me is so appreciated and I reciprocate.

Lyrics from "The First Time" as featured in "Unfinished Lyrics"

Lyrics from “The First Time” as featured in “Unfinished Lyrics”

“Unfinished Lyrics” features song lyrics I’ve written as well as a challenge to you, my dear readers – if you feel inspired by the words you read, record them and let’s make a million bucks!  Everyone else is doing it, so why not you and me?

Unfinished Lyrics by Geoffrey Dicker - out now!

Unfinished Lyrics by Geoffrey Dicker – out now!

Thanks again for your loyalty and support!

“Every Mind Is A World” by Joseph Arthur at Able Fine Art

Posted by The G on February 12, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Joseph Arthur.

Joseph Arthur - Every Mind is a World

Joseph Arthur – Every Mind is a World

There are very few people on this planet as creative and talented as Joseph Arthur.  He’s an accomplished singer, songwriter and artist.  His latest exhibit “Every Mind is a World” at Able Fine Art in New York finds Joseph branching out into a new medium – the world of digital.

Joseph Arthur - Every Mind is a World 3

Joseph Arthur – Every Mind is a World

Coupled with the digital prints in this exhibit (reasonably priced for the impressive resume Arthur possesses, I might add) that were created on an iPad, Joseph’s abstract paintings, many of which that were created DURING his live performances are also featured.  If you have not been to a show and have the opportunity to watch Joseph Arthur create a painting in the middle of one of his songs, it’s an experience I highly recommend.  It will blow your mind.  If this post is your first exposure to Joseph Arthur, play around on his official website and look at his art.  He is the real deal, folks!

Partial Gallery View

Partial Gallery View

“Every Mind is a World” by Joseph Arthur will be on display through March 11, 2014 at Able Fine Art (located at 511 West 25th St., Suite 607) in Chelsea, New York.  SEE IT!

Morrison Hotel Gallery Celebrates The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Arrival in New York

Posted by The G on February 11, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photos of photos by G.

The Beatles

The Beatles

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landing in America, Morrison Hotel Gallery has a special exhibit of Beatles photos on display curated by Julian Lennon.  25 photos are on display in New York and a further 25 are being shown in Los Angeles.

Paul and George

Paul and George

Many of these photos have never been seen before and as you can see in the above photo of Paul McCartney, it is absolutely stunning.

Paul and John by Pattie Boyd

Paul and John by Pattie Boyd

Pattie Boyd, who took the above photo of the Beatles circa “The White Album” was in attendance at the opening night reception.  More on Pattie in a moment.

Paul

Paul

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is located in its new space at 116 Prince Street, Second Floor in Manhattan.

As a bonus photo, the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the David Letterman Show now tapes, commemorated the Beatles 50th anniversary by posting this flashback sign above the theater, which I froze my little buns off to photograph for you, my dear readers 🙂

Ed Sullivan Theater

Ed Sullivan Theater

Now back to Pattie Boyd.  Pattie was married to George Harrison and was with George on the night that George and John Lennon took LSD for the first time, which is arguably one of the most important events in music history as the night totally changed the Beatles sound into something much more experimental which of course has influenced every band to come out since.  She is the inspiration behind tracks such as “Something” and “For You Blue” and as she was later married to Eric Clapton, she is also the inspiration for “Layla.”  WOW!  She attended the opening night reception and was extremely nice.  See what the gorgeous (and still gorgeous) Pattie Boyd looks like after the jump.

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10 Observances from Arctic Monkeys live at Madison Square Garden

Posted by The G on February 10, 2014 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys

If you read any music website these days, they can’t stop stroking it over the band Arctic Monkeys.  During the release of last year’s “AM” album, their fifth record, the band blew up and are now playing arenas.  Despite their growing popularity, prior to seeing them live, I’d only heard two of their songs.  Because I am in a position to meet the people that create the art, I often choose to meet the artist before I take a look at their work because from experience, countless artists of all genres that have severely rocked my world have been super cool and others whose art I could take or leave have turned out to be pricks.  There is too much choice in the world for me to waste my time with people that have little or no respect for the very people that have contributed to their success.  Despite having TWO bad experiences meeting this band, I fully admit that the two songs I know from this band I quite enjoy, so I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and see them live.

This has happened to me many times before where I am literally sitting in an arena filled with 18,000  people and I have NO IDEA of any of the music I am about to hear.  This method is not for everyone, but I highly recommend it.  You can truly go in with an open mind and let these people do their jobs as rock stars and turn you into a fan before the night is over.  Arctic Monkeys played their largest ever US show on February 8, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York.  Here are 10 observations from my experience at the show.

1. The concert was not much of a ‘show.’  Playing Madison Square Garden is a privilege and not a right, so one would have thought this show would have been a spectacle as most concerts at the Garden are, especially since the band has spent 5 albums working up to this moment.  Instead, the Arctic Monkeys had a gigantic but thin “A M” sign behind the band that lit up predictably during most songs.  It was definitely a medium sized show placed in a large venue.

2. Arctic Monkeys do very little to get the crowd engaged.  There was little banter between lead singer Alex Turner and the crowd.  Turner played guitar for most songs and as a result, he stood in one place behind the microphone stand for the majority of the show.  Crowd sing-a-longs were not happening either, which brings me to point number 3…

3. Arctic Monkeys songs are mostly forgettable.  They do have some catchy moments, but would I rather listen to or see a band like Kasabian, Fratellis or Scissor Sisters whose music will not leave your head once it burrows itself inside?  Yeah, any day!  I mention these three bands because to me, Arctic Monkeys are an amalgamation of these 3 bands.  I made myself a playlist of all the songs they performed in concert so I can focus on the studio versions and  like I felt at the show, the music is pleasant and not offensive, but that’s about all I can say for it.  I don’t see myself listening to their music on constant repeat.

4. Their music is very formulaic overall.  Not very exciting verses and large choruses.  So original.  NOT!

5. They focused too much on their new album.  They played all but 2 tracks off their newest record so fans that have been with Arctic Monkeys since the beginning have effectively been forgotten at their largest show to date in America.  What a way to say thanks to your fans.  Based on my not good experiences of meeting them, I am not surprised one bit.

6. The crowd was limp.  As I said earlier, the band did very little to get the crowd engaged but for this bullet point, I’d like to focus on the lack of the crowd getting excited during songs.  Sure there was generous applause in between songs, but it seemed that once a song started, people went back to texting and taking annoying cell phone pictures of either the band or the people they came with instead of getting involved with the show.  I spent a lot of time looking around at the crowd reaction during the songs and for the lack of excitement I saw, I think people would have been better off playing the records at home and saving the expense and hassle of going to an arena.  This is actually an observation that can be noted at most concerts as technology has really hindered people’s ability to live in the moment, but that’s a grievance for another day.

7. Their music, though popular, had little crossover appeal with people over 30.  The crowd was extremely young and I felt like a dinosaur.  For a rock band, I thought the crowd would be a bit more diverse, but I was wrong.

8. Lead singer Alex Turner is cute.  Not the hottest guy I’ve ever seen, but he definitely has a 1950s greaser vibe going on and when I found myself getting bored, I was happy that I had some eye candy.

9. They covered The Beatles as safely as possible.  It was the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles being on the Ed Sullivan Show on the weekend of the Arctic Monkeys concert so they played a little tribute to the Fab Four.  They chose “All My Loving.”   It was a “by the numbers” cover.  No risk involved.  Of course, every music site is juicing all over it like they took a risk and played “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” or “Helter Skelter” which would have been much more suited to their style.  But with the new trend in playing covers, I am grateful they didn’t do an ironic cover where they played an acoustic version of a song that has no business being disrespected that way.

10. Final thoughts.  I am more familiar with Arctic Monkeys than I was before I walked into the show.    I can’t say I hated the show, because I did not.  I also can’t say that I will become a die hard after seeing them live.  They have a handful of songs that I can see myself revisiting and they have many more that were completely forgettable to me.  I make it my mission to have fun wherever I go, in spite of my surroundings, and yes, I had fun.  But that says more about me than it says about Arctic Monkeys.  I can’t believe that in the two times I’ve seen this band in “autograph situations” they chose to ignore fans because I see no reason to patronize a mediocre band who have let a tiny bit of fame go to their heads.  There are plenty of other bands who appreciate the position they are in and who are better performers.

The setlist was:

Do I Wanna Know? / Brainstorm / Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair / Snap Out of It / Crying Lightning / Old Yellow Bricks / Fireside/ Knee Socks / Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? / Arabella / Dancing Shoes / Pretty Visitors / I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor / Cornerstone / I Wanna Be Yours / Fluorescent Adolescent / 505 (with Miles Kane)

Encore:
All My Loving (The Beatles cover) (with Miles Kane) / One For The Road / R U Mine?

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys 2

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys

 

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