New York State Of Mind Amoeblog #97 of 100

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2014 06:47am | Post a Comment

Among the numerous music related events ongoing in New York City this week is the photo exhibit Grooving Years: The Photography of Josh Cheuse that opens Friday (Sep 19th) at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo. The mostly black and white photography exhibit by the New York City born and raised music photographer includes shots of The Clash (including the photo of the late great Joe Strummer above), Run DMC, Madonna, Lady Gaga, The Beastie Boys, Oasis, and The Black Crowes.  An avid photographer since age sixteen Cheuse, who has worked as art director at SONY Music for the past two decades, formed a lasting relationship with the Clash from early on in his career - a relationship that began back in 1981 as a teen when he famously used the payphone at his NYC high school to call The Clash at Electric Ladyland Studios in Manhattan and asked permission to photograph the band. To his surprise they happily complied with his wish. This introduction was instrumental in kick starting his career that included photographing the Clash, the band's Mick Jones' spinoff band Big Audio Dynamite, as well as  Joe Strummer solo on several occasions. And following Strummer’s sudden 2002 death Cheuse also directed a video tribute for the Strummer's version of Bob Marley's “Redemption Song.” Photo exhibit takes place at the Morrison Hotel Gallery located on the second floor at 106 Prince Street. All ages. Free admission. More info. And tomorrow (September 18th) in advance of the opening the photographer will be at the nearby SoHo Apple store (103 Prince Street) from 7pm to 8pm discussing his photo exhibit - free all ages event.

As if to make the point that, like vinyl records, books are still very much alive and well the annual Brooklyn Book Festival takes place this weekend at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza for what will be its biggest ever event in its nine year history. Taking place on Sunday September 21st from 10am to 6pm the outdoor (rain or shine) festival will boast over one hundred panel discussions, readings, and other literary activities with authors to appear including Salman Rushdie, Lev Grossman, and Naomi Klein. In addition to novelists and non-fiction writers the festival will also include numerous poets, and also many graphic novelists including Paul Pope, Roz Chast and Julia Wertz. A free event, thanks to sponsorship by a phone company, the stated goal of the annual event is "spreading literacy and the joy of reading across the five boroughs and beyond." Just across from lower Manhattan the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza (reachable by numerous trains) is located at 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201. Sept 21 10am to 6pm. All ages. Free event. More info.

Rap/hip-hop fans might consider heading to the big Source 360 concert on Saturday at the large scale sports and music event space Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Celebrating 25 years of the Source magazine the concert lineup will include Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Kim, Curren$y, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Dom Kennedy, and many more. Tickets vary in price from $40 to $100. Saturday September 20th at 8pm. Barclays Center is located at 620 Atlantic Ave. in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Tickets and more info.

Tonight (Wednesday September 17) at Webster Hall at 125 East 11th Street in the East Village area of Manhattan is a show with Ty Segall, and Wand. 18+ Tickets $20. More info. On Friday (Sept 19th) at 8pm at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a great line up with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine (aka Samuel Beam). All ages. $35 More info

And finally, in keeping with the title of this 100 part weekly Amoeblog, below is a video clip interview with Brooklyn born Barbara Streisand and Bronx born Billy Joel discussing their duet of the song "New York State Of Mind" that is found on Streisand's brand new collaborative album Partners that was released yesterday in both CD and vinyl formats. Coincidentally Joel will be doing another concert in his ongoing monthly series at NYC's Madison Square Garden tonight at 8pm. (sold out)

Barbra Streisand and Billy Joel on New York State of Mind (2014)

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