Photo by Alan Leeds’ friend.
Geoffrey Dicker and Alan Leeds
Alan Leeds is a god! If you like funky music, you could argue that Alan Leeds has had (and is still having) one of the best careers possible in the music industry. In the 70s, he road managed James Brown and he later won a Grammy for his liner notes on a James Brown anthology (“Star Time”). He tour managed Prince from 1983 to 1992 and became the head of Prince’s Paisley Park Studios. His brother is the ultra-funky saxophone player Eric Leeds and currently, Alan is working with Chris Rock and D’Angelo. Despite that massively impressive resume, Alan Leeds was extremely down to earth. We talked about several of the music legends listed above and I wished I could have talked to him and picked his brain for hours. You can read an excellent interview with Alan Leeds where he talks about Prince and Miles Davis and their relationship and it will give you a tiny insight into some of the cool things Alan Leeds has been a part of. It was an absolute pleasure talking to you Alan and I really hope to chat with you again some time!
Photo by G. Art by Mr. Brainwash.
Miles Davis by Mr. Brainwash
Photos by G. Art by Sienide.
Sade by Sienide
New York based artist Sienide’s latest exhibit “Living in the Bottle” at Phantom Audio in Manhattan features a series of contemporary icons. All of the art was created using wine as the primary medium! It was especially cool to see this exhibit as Sien’s art career began with outdoor murals that are scattered across the 5 boroughs. “Living in the Bottle” shows off a completely different side to the artist. The exhibit feautres portraits of people we all know and love such as Marilyn Monroe, Miles Davis, Chaka Khan and Amy Winehouse.
Bitches Brew era Miles Davis, Salvador Dali by Sienide
I spoke with Sien at the opening night reception and I asked him about the works in the show. He explained that for each work, he had to allow time to let the wine dry, so in essence, each piece took many months to complete. He said that the darker the work, the more wine (and thus drying time) it took to make. I also asked him how he discovered he had a knack for making art with wine and as he is an “illestrator,” it was a process of trial and error after his inquisitive side took over.
Marlon Brando by Sienide
“Living in the Bottle” is showing at Phantom Audio (located at 48 West 25th Street, 10th Floor) in Manhattan until July 31, 2011.
Photo by G.
I know he’s dead, but if Miles was still alive, he would have been 84 years old today. Happy birthday wherever you are Miles!
While we are on the subject, if you want to read a fantastic book, read his autobiography. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read!