Today's "Five Questions" is going to talk a slightly different route and discuss the phototgraphy of jazz musician Les McCann. McCann's recently released book Invitation to Openness:The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980 collects his photographs of legendary musicians and documented the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980.
On Friday, November 13th, Berklee College of Music presented "Petty: A Candid Interview with Warren Zanes Led by Bill Janovitz." If you love books, and if you love music, this was a singular evening.
No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty's music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write.
I've written several blogposts on what the "value" of music stands for today, and by value, I mean not only economically, but intellectually, artistically and generationally. Music has always held a special place, both in my heart and in my life. I learned of country music — and I mean REAL country, like Hank, Willie and Waylon — as well Elvis Presley from my mother.
Today is October 9th and, on what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday, we wanted to honor that occasion in this space. We went to Jude Southerland Kessler, who is the author of the acclaimed John Lennon Series and asked her "Five Questions" about Lennon and her book series, which is now three books deep,