Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Gibson Brands on Sunset (Former Tower Records Store) 8801 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA
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“Grit & Glam” by Allan Tannenbaum
Artist Reception: Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 7-10 pm
Back to Cool
Art Fair: Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 12 – 6 pm
Baron Wolman: The Woodstock Years
Artist Reception: Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 7-10 pm
Warren Zevon: Lawyers, Guns, & Photos by George Gruel
Artist Reception: Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 7-10 pm
Artist Reception: Thursday May 19, 2016 from 7 -10 pm
American Valhalla: The Art of Post Pop Depression
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from 6-10 pm
British Invasion: 1962-1966
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 7-10 pm
Parallax By Chad Smith
Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 8-10 pm
Ted Russell: Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964
On display: April 4 – 21, 2016
A US premiere exhibition of Ted Russell’s intimate, previously unseen, photographs of Bob Dylan in New York City. The photographs chronicle days in the life of the then unknown folk artist – backstage and onstage at the folk clubs, hanging out in his apartment with his girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, at his writing desk, and on the street. They give a fresh, candid glimpse of what life in Greenwich Village was like for the 20 year-old folk bard.
Jack Robinson: From LA to Memphis
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 3rd from 7-10 pm
On display: March 4 – 24, 2016
Location: Mr Musichead Gallery
Join us for the opening reception of Jack Robinson: From Memphis to LA. A Los Angeles premiere photography exhibition featuring photographs of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, The Who, Iggy Pop, James Taylor, and Tina Turner.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 4th from 7-9 pm
Location: Andaz West Hollywood
Grammy’s MusiCares: A Look Back, debuting at the Andaz West Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. is a new photography exhibition honoring MusiCares’ 2016 Person of the Year, Lionel Richie, and past honorees. Curated by us here at Mr Musichead Gallery, the exhibition’s unveiling reception and benefit on February 4th will kick off the 58th annual GRAMMY celebrations and gives visitors an intimate look back at MusiCares’ most rocking Persons of the Year including Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and more.
Featured Artists include: Terry O’Neill, Al Satterwhite, Lisa Law, James Fortune, Guy Webster, Chris Walter, Allan Tannenbaum, & Sherry Rayn Barnett.
The Art of Grace Slick: The White Rabbit Comes to Hollywood
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 21st from 7-10 pm
Exhibition on display until December 5, 2015
Join us for evening with Grace Slick. This LA premiere exhibition will display 25 original works of art by the legendary front woman. Celebrating 50 years of Jefferson Airplane, you’ll see a white rabbit or two.
LECTURE: Chasing the Light: The Rock and Roll photography of Jay Blakesberg
Slide Show & Lecture: Thursday, October 15th from 8-10 pm
A slide show & lecture presentation about Jay’s 35 year photographic journey, his years following The Grateful Dead, backstage Rock and Roll stories, and his newest book, “Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion and Surrender.”
EXHIBITION: Truckin: Celebrating 50 Years of The Grateful Dead
Opening Reception: Friday, June 26th from 7-10 pm
Exhibition on display until July 9, 2015
Join us as we celebrate 50 years of the Grateful Dead here at Mr Musichead Gallery. The group formed in 1965 in Palo Alto amid the counter culture of the San Francisco Bay area. The band, known for its unique and eclectic style, fused elements of rock, folk, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock. Fifty years later, the four original members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir — will reunite at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 3-5, 2015. Nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue.
Featuring the art and photography of Peter Simon, Adrian Boot, Jay Blakesberg, Baron Wolman, Leni Sinclair. Arnaud Azoulay, and Jack Morefield.
EVENT: Rolling Stones Clear Vinyl LPs & Lithographs Launch
Launch Reception: Thursday, June 18th from 7-10 pm
Mr Musichead Gallery invites you to join us for the launch reception of the Rolling Stones clear vinyl LPs and lithographs.
We are pleased to welcome Chris Carter, of Chris Carter’s British Invasion on SiriusXM Radio who will be our host for the evening. Spotlight Gallery, a new business from the parent company of Time Life, is releasing three classic early Stones albums with lithographs.
Only 2,500 of these hand-numbered and embossed museum-quality lithographs signed in the plate by Rolling Stones members will be available through a special license granted by ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
These highly valuable collectible LP and lithograph sets, each with a Certificate of Authenticity, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lithographs are printed on acid-free, 100lb Opus dull cover stock measuring 20” x 24”.
It should be noted that no additional copies will be produced after the initial press run is exhausted and the signature plates will be destroyed. The printing plates contain signatures of the band’s personnel at the time each album was recorded: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman on the ‘12 X 5′ and ‘Let It Bleed’ lithographs, and Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wyman on ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!
EXHIBITION: Tom Waits: Early Photographs by Scott Smith
Artist Reception: Friday, May 29th from 7-10 pm
Exhibition on display until June 15, 2015
In 1974 Scott Smith was a young photographer living in San Diego, when he was introduced by a mutual friend to Tom Waits. Both Waits and Smith had a passion for music and they soon became friends. Smith’s compelling black and white photographs of Waits document his start as a folk singer and songwriter, and then through a period of time during which Waits’ musical persona emerged.
Smith photographed Waits relaxing with friends, in performance, at his apartment, cruising in his car, playing pool, talking with locals at a lunch counter, and more, while at the same time photographing the Southern Californian environment they both grew up in. Smith’s images give us an intimate portrait of Tom Waits in the process of defining himself as a musical artist and the environment he lived in.
Scott Smith started taking photographs in the early 1970s in San Diego, California. Aside from several months in the mining districts of South Wales, and road trips around the Southwestern United States, Smith’s photographic work focused largely on Southern California. By the mid-seventies Smith became a shipyard welder in Newport News Virginia and later returned to San Diego to pursue a career as union construction electrician. In 1988 Smith received a degree from San Diego State University and in 2004 a PhD in British history from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a lecturer in American and Russian history at the University of Pittsburgh.
– Chris Murray, Govinda Gallery
EVENT: Booking Signing with Jay Blakesberg
Book Signing: Monday, May 18th from 7-9 pm
Jay Blakesberg, will be here at Mr Musichead Gallery signing copies of his new book, Guitars That Jam: Portraits of the World’s Most storied Rock Guitars. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.
Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer and video director whose work appears regularly in many magazines, including Rolling Stone and Guitar Player. Over the last 25 years his photographic rock and roll journey has seen him work with many legendary artists including Carlos Santana, Tori Amos, Jane’s Addiction, Radiohead and Phish to name just a few. He has published several volumes of his work, which include books on The Grateful Dead, Primus and The Flaming Lips. Recently he has directed live video for The Flaming Lips, REM, Spearhead, Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh, Widespread Panic and many others.
EVENT: Book Signing with John Densmore from The Doors
Book Signing: Saturday, May 16th from 7-10 pm
Join us for an evening with John Densmore, drummer for The Doors. Densmore will be here at Mr Musichead Gallery signing copies of his book The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial.
Densmore examines the conflict between the accumulation of wealth at the expense of our principles and relationships. In his book, he looks at the conflict between him and his band mates as they fought to use the The Doors’ name.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. Hardcover book price is $25. Paperback book is $15.
Also available for purchase, “Occupy Joe Strummer” poster created by Shepard Fairey, signed by both Densmore and Fairey. All proceeds from the sale of this poster will be donated to The Joe Strummer Foundation. The mission of the foundation is give opportunities to aspiring musicians and support projects around the word that create social mobility through music.
EXHIBITION: A Lad Insane by Brian Duffy
Reception: Friday, May 1st from 7-10 pm
Exhibition on display until May 23, 2015
Mark your calendar for this must-see exhibit, A Lad Insane by Brian Duffy. Mr Musichead Gallery is partnering with Brit Week to host a special evening, this year celebrating the life and legacy of British photographer Brian Duffy.
With fellow photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy was a key player in the ‘Swinging Sixties’, a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. Together the ‘Black Trinity’ redefined not only the aesthetic of fashion photography but also the place of the photographer within the industry.
On display will be photos from Brian Duffy’s five different photographic shoots with David Bowie. These groundbreaking sessions not only documented Bowie’s career and pioneering reinvention, but illustrate Duffy’s special relationship with him.
The evening’s co-hosts will be Martin and Mary Samuel. An award-winning hair stylist, Martin worked with Bowie on the set of “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. The 1976 British science fiction film was directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring David Bowie.
Chris Duffy will be present to talk about his father’s working relationship with David Bowie. Copies of his book ‘Duffy Bowie : Five Sessions’ will be available for purchase and signing on the evening.
EXHIBITION: Pearl Thompson formerly of The Cure
Artist Opening: Thursday, March 5th from 7-10pm
Pearl (aka Porl) Thompson, best known for his work with The Cure, will display original works for his US premiere exhibition. Thompson will display a visually inspiring collection of work that he has worked on for the past 2 years. This will be the first solo exhibition for the artist showcasing his mixed media paintings. Mr. Thompson’s new work is vastly different from the older artwork featured on some of The Cure’s most famous albums. His artwork today is oil and acrylic on canvas with intentional brushstrokes and colorful slashes of light. This is a real celebration of his evolution and will create quite a stir for all Cure fans.
EXHIBITION: Rock ‘N’ Roll Lens by Jimmy Steinfeldt
Artist Reception: Thursday, April 9th from 7-10 pm
Join us as we take a look at Steinfeldt’s career and his photographs of the biggest names in music. The exhibition will feature live music photographs from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
During his 30 years in the photography business, Jimmy Steinfeldt has worked with everyone from Miles Davis to the Ramones. Born in Minneapolis, Jimmy first focused and clicked at age 14. Cars (not the band), were among his first photographic subjects.
Jimmy moved to California to study at San Diego State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. After college he shot his way through many long road-trips and rock concerts armed with his first real camera.
Jimmy is a self-taught photographer who has only to squint through the lens for inspiration. Jimmy cites photographer Richard Avedon and cinematographer Karl Freund among his strongest influences. Jimmy’s unique photographic style conveys the personality of his artist-musician subjects while conveying the story of their music.
As a live action photographer, Jimmy was first published in 1985 in SPIN magazine. In that same year Rolling Stone published one of his photographs of Madonna, which he credits as a major boost to his career. In 1986 his dreams as a music fan and photographer came true when Rolling Stone published his photo of Bob Dylan. CD covers followed from this exposure: Miles Davis, Willie Nelson, John Denver, Dee Dee Ramone and many others.
EVENT: Record Store Day
Saturday, April 18th from 2-6 pm
Featuring vintage vinyls from the legendary Sam’s Jams record in Detroit. These gems have been waiting to see the light again and will be available for purchase on Record Store Day.
It was 37 years ago Sam Milgrom, Mr Musichead gallery owner, opened his 200 square feet indie record shop in Detroit’s funk suburb Ferndale, Michigan.
“After learning the ropes while working alongside some of Detroit’s most knowledgable musicologists/retailers at the landmark Harmony House Records and all the things to avoid from a new better-off-forgotten chain stores. I set up booths and sold used recrods at flea markets and used record conventions. After awhile I had amassed enough inventory to take the plunge by opening Sam’s Jams Resale Records on Woodward Ave. Little did I know then that I had launched what was to eventually become an indie record superstore and vinyl junkie’s dream. Our million-disc inventory attracted visitors from around the world. Our staff of experts from every music genre would was poetic for all within earshot. We hosted autograph sessions with young Metallica, Stevie Ray Vaughn, B52s, Willie Dixon and the 60th birthday party for Tony Bennett. The Live at Sam’s Friday night in-store concerts with Roy Hargrove (backed by the members of the Funk Brothers), Jazz crusader Joe Sample, and Jonathan Richmond were magical times. Now we skip a few tracks to 2015 to Mr Musichead Gallery in Hollywood. I opened up a dusty box of albums stashed away for all these years, surviving the move to Los Angeles and years of neglect. I had recently gone online to purchase a vintage Marantz 2270 receiver and a pair of vintage Rogers Sound Lab studio monitor speakers, along with a brand new DAK Industries turntable for my gallery. After setting up my hybrid system, I rededicated myself and honored the new tradition of record store day, by spinning vinyls all day. Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Dexter Gordon, Bob Seger, Jerry Butler, Jerry Garcia, you can go home again and it feels good! Jack White is a big supporter of vinyl and Record Store Day. Rumor has it he and his dad were regular shoppers at Sam’s Jams back in the day. I read that Metallica, unofficial ambassadors of Record Store Day, helped launch it in 2008 with an autograph session at Rasputin’s in Northern California. It was a visit to that venerable store in 1977 that inspired me open Sam’s Jams. The stated purpose of Record Store Day is to celebrate the art of music. My gallery motto is Where Music Meets Art. What a great intersection! Here’s to all who have persevered and those who are newly initiated, may the lure of pure organic sound hold you and keep you – satisfied.” — Sam Milgrom
EXHIBITION: Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Celebration
Closing Reception: Friday, February 19th from 8-11 pm
Come celebrate the life and legend of Bob Marley. We will be brewing Marley Coffee, founded by Marley’s son, Rohan Marley, and will have bags available for purchase. We will be blasting and jammin’ Marley’s hits as we celebrate Marley’s 70th (belated) Birthday at Mr Musichead. The gallery will be exhibiting original art and photographs by Arthur Gorson, Adrian Boot, David Burnett, Ian Dickson, Allan Tannenbaum, Peter Simon, Leni Sinclair, David Corio, and Hayato Takano. One Love!
EXHIBITION: Tribute to Gram Parsons
Artist Opening: Thursday, January 15th from 7-10pm
Mr Musichead Gallery hosts the first California exhibit of Walter Egan and William Adair’s work as they tribute Gram Parsons with a live performance and conceptual art installation. “The Martyrs of Rock: Painting and Drawings & The Golden Doors to Infinity”.
Walter Egan’s art exhibit “The Martyrs of Rock: Paintings and Drawings” will showcase his series of paintings and, for the first time present his drawings, of musicians who have inspired him. These portraits, from Ricky Nelson, to Jimi Hendrix, to Amy Winehouse, reveal Egan’s sensitivity as a painter and his intimate connection with his subjects. Over 30 paintings and drawings will be on display. Egan will give a live performance at 9:00 p.m from his lastest CD American Myth as well as cover songs from the artists in his paintings and drawings.
William Adair’s installation, “The Golden Doors to Infinty” is a multifaceted, ongoing conceptual art project whereby abandoned doors become portals to foster cross-generational, interfaith and culturally diverse discourse. Inspired by Gram Parsons, the golden doors reference Parsons song “Sin City”. Adair will have a gold gilded door for guests to sign and draw on at the opening, The doors will be shipped to Joshua Tree, California, for a grand and final installation.
EVENT: Big Shots by Guy Webster
Book Release & Artist Opening: Thursday, October 25, 2014 from 6-10pm
Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons is an unparalleled, definitive collection of Webster’s photographs from L.A. in the 1960s, along with his intimate recollections of that era, when a youthquake not only shook up the music scene but also fashion, visual arts, and popular culture.
EXHIBITION: Music by Deborah Feingold
Photo Exhibit & Book Signing: September 18th, 7-10 PM
Photographer Deborah Feingold has confirmed her first U.S. portrait exhibit here at Mr Musichead Gallery. Feingold began her career in the late 1970s and has since photographed four decades worth of the biggest musicians, actors and world leaders in the culture (she shot the cover of Barack Obama’s ‘Audacity of Hope’). Deborah will celebrate the Sept. 30 release of her first photo anthology ‘Music,’ at Mr Musichead.
‘Music’ features iconic, revealing portraits of musicians that appeared in Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times, among others, ranging from Bono, Keith Richards, James Brown and Madonna to Philip Glass, Don Cherry, Brian Eno and Grace Jones – and Deborah has vivid stories to share about each of them.
EXHIBITION: Sunset Strip & Beyond by Greg Papazian
Artist Reception: Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 7-10pm
Exhibition on display until September 11, 2o14
“Sunset Strip and Beyond”, an exhibition featuring never before seen photographs of Led Zeppelin and will include Rod Stewart & The Faces, Peter Gabriel, Tina Turner, Robert Frampton, and T-Rex, photographed by Greg Papazian. A Los Angeles exhibit will feature over 20 photographs by the rock photographer. The show celebrates some of the most influential rock legends that played on the Sunset Strip.
Greg Papazian began photographing rock musicians when he was only 16 years old. The Hollywood native began capturing rock musicians during the Sunset strip hey-day in the early 1970s. Papazian worked as a staff photographer for Phonograph Record Magazine in 1972. That same year he became the House Photographer for the Whisky A Go Go, where he would photograph many of Rock’s musical legends. Over the next ten years Papazian would photograph some of the most notable rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s in landmark venues all over California including: The Forum, The Hollywood Bowl, The Hollywood Palladium, The Greek Theatre, The Roxy Theatre, and even the NBC studios for The Midnight Special. He has photographed Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton, Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, Slade, The Almond Brothers, Annie Lennox, Rory Gallagher, George Carlin, Ike & Tina Turner, The Kinks, Rod Stewart & The Faces, T-Rex, Steve Winwood, Chuck Berry, Deep Purple, Alvin Lee & Ten Years After, Bow Wow Wow, Peter Gabriel, and The Bee Gees.
EXHIBITION: Moz Goes to Hollywood: Morrissey & The Smiths
Exhibition on display until May 15, 2014
Moz Goes to Hollywood: Morrissey/The Smiths, An Exhibit featuring Morrissey Official photography by Kevin Cummins.
A Los Angeles premier exhibit featuring 30 iconic and rare images by renowned photographer Kevin Cummins, who has been shooting with The Smiths and Morrissey for over three decades.