JONI MITCHELL TURNS 70!
Joni Mitchell turns 70! What a long "Night Ride Home" it's been since Both Sides Now, Woodstock and Blue! We join in the celebrations with this great photograph of Joni by Guido Harari. It was taken at Joni's house in Bel Air in 1990. She's posing sitting on a huge poster of the GAP campaign shot by Herb Ritts, which she had added paint on turning it into her own piece of art. Guido asked Joni to dress up exactly as in the poster shot and she duly obliged, adding a few brushes and striking this unusually insane pose. Later Joni's then husband Larry Klein pointed out to her and Guido that her fly was, em, open!
GOODBYE LOU REED.
This is no Magic, but just Loss, to quote from one of Lou Reed's most touching albums. Today we've lost a unique artist and a close friend. In sending out our condolences to his family and wife Laurie Anderson, we remember Lou with this intimate portrait by Guido Harari. It was taken in 2002 at the Lingotto, Turin, during the one and only tour by Lou with Laurie.
"DYLAN BEFORE DYLAN". THE UNSEEN PHOTOS BY JOE ALPER, 1961-1965.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Blowin’ in the Wind, Wall Of Sound Gallery is proud to present, for the first time ever and as a European exclusive, the Dylan Before Dylan exhibition with the historic photography of Joe Alper. Like last year with the Art Kane show, the editing, the restoration of the original negatives as well as the printing have been made at our gallery, in Alba, with the loving supervision of Edward Elbers, manager of the Joe Alper Photo Collection LLC. At last these fabulous images are now available via Wall Of Sound Gallery to collectors and fans everywhere in numbered and stamped editions. Joe Alper's history as a folk, blues and jazz photographer as well as friend of a very young Bob Dylan, is absolutely unique. Read more about it here. The show also features an impressive selection of Alper's images of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Muddy Waters, Thelonious Monk, Joan Baez with her sister Mimi and her husband Richard Farina, Pete Seeger, John Coltrane in the recording studio with producer Bob Thiele, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie with Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Charlie Mingus with Max Roach, Howlin’ Wolf, Joe Zawinul, Mississippi John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten, Big Joe Williams. A show certainly not to be missed.
GOODBYE STORM THORGERSON, THE EYE OF ROCK.
Goodbye Storm Thorgerson, the Eye of Rock! "The best album designer in the world" just passed away. Best known for his lifelong collaboration with Pink Floyd, Storm conceived and designed timeless icons such as the prism for the Dark Side of the Moon album (1973), the inflatable pig over Battersea power station for Animals (1977), the 700 hospital beds on a beach for A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), He's also remembered for a virtually endless series of unforgettable images, also with his partner Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis, for Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Nice, Paul McCartney, 10cc, Black Sabbath, the Cranberries and Muse. Read about Storm here in The Guardian.
FRANCESCO GUCCINI VISITS WALL OF SOUND GALLERY.
Today celebrated Italian singer-songwriter Francesco Guccini paid a visit to our gallery. While in Alba to receive a special award, he took the opportunity to visit our Gaber. E sogno e rido e vivo exhibition. In this photo, squeezed so to speak between Guido Harari (left) and Francesco (right), you can see Edward Elbers, manager of the Joe Alper PHoto Collection LLC. Edward has been spending a week at the gallery to supervise the restoration of Joe Alper's original negatives as well as the printing operations for the upcoming Dylan Before Dylan exhibition which will open on May 16 and run till July 21. Francesco being a huge Dylan fan, he was delighted to be shown the first print proofs by Edward. Photo by Bruno Murialdo.
BRIIAN ENO VISITS WALL OF SOUND GALLERY!
While in Piedmont for the opening of his newest sound installation at the Galleria Grande of Venaria Reale, Brian Eno took time to visit our gallery in Alba. In the nearby town of Treiso Eno also celebrated his ten year long collaboration with our historic partner, wine-maker Giorgio Pelissero. Giorgio also produces a much appreciated wine called "Long Now" which gets its name from the eponymous American foundation also co-founded by Eno.
GUIDO HARARI SHOOTS BRIAN ENO IN VENARIA.
Today, in the beautiful Galleria Grande of Venaria Reale, right outside Turin, Guido Harari shot Brian Eno during the soundcheck for the sound installation that Eno will launch on July 7 as part of the "Hop.E Festival". Guido will also run a photo workshop for the whole duration of the festival.
LONDON, SNAP GALLERIES. GUIDO HARARI MEETS JIMMY PAGE.
While in London for the launch of Gered Mankowitz's new show at Snap Galleries (we had only recently showcased Gered's "The Experience. Jimi Hendrix at Mason's Yard" exhibition), Guido Hararigot to meet none other than Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin's legendary guitar-player was attending Gered's and was struck by a quite famous photograph of The Yardbirds, featuring Page and Jeff Beck in the same line-up.
''ART KANE. VISIONARY'' SHOW OPENS IN TURIN ON MAY 3RD.
Save the date! The "Art Kane. Visionary" exhibition will open in Turin on May 3rd< ...more
GRAND OPENING AND BOOK LAUNCH FOR ''BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. FURTHER UP THE ROAD'' IN L.A.
Grand opening at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Sunset Marquis, in L.A., formore