Uroborus

Two new books out by rock critics have spawned reviews looking at that criticism and the role of critics. Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales From a Rock ‘n’ Life (Rodale, 2009), by longtime Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn, and the anthology of writings by the late Robert Palmer, Blues and Chaos (edited by Anthony DeCurtis. Scribner, 2009), give intimate insight into the early writing and various approaches of these two authors, including their paths of inspiration and personal relationships with musicians. For a review of the reviewers see Jon Caramanica’s “Writing and Rocking” in the Feb. 12th New York Times.

Something happening here, but we do know what it is.

It’s a new show at the new Museum of Performance & Design and it traces rock and roll in California’s Bay Area from 1963 to 1973. They say it “envelopes visitors in a blaze of sight and sound.” The exhibit includes instruments, posters, footage, and costumes from private and public collections, some of it from local musicians like Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, Dan Hicks, and Merl Saunders. And one can see Jerry’s “Captain Trips” hat.
“Somethin’s Happening Here” shows at the Veteran’s Building 4th floor, 401 Van Ness. San Francisco, and runs through August 2010.

Not dark yet

An article was recently forwarded to those of us interested in archiving visual material (http://tinyurl.com/yeambp9). It notes that an undeveloped roll of Ilford HP5 b&w film of a Bob Dylan concert taken 31 years ago has just been unearthed. Photographer Mark Estabrook checked with Ilford on how best to develop it and the outcome apparently is perfect– the 37-year-old Bob looks good. Estabrook says it’s a testament to the longevity of silver halide photography and he plans to bring out a new book soon. The film of Dylan was kept in a tin along with shots of the band Little Feat. (And Little Feat still looks good too: catch up with them at: http://www.littlefeat.net/)

Not fade away

The wrecking ball takes out East Rutherford, New Jersey’s Giant’s Stadium this March. In its 38 years the Giants, the Jets, the Boss, the Pope, and the Grateful Dead all played the field. September 2nd, 1978 started it off for the band, and by their 12th show in August 1994 more than a million fans had seen them in the stadium. (Well, maybe some were repeat attendees.)