Tuesday, November 9, 2010

06 Nov 10 - Rock N Roll Art Show

Hey, blogspot readers, it's an art collection of music history. SouthSide spent part of her Saturday evening perusing a vast collection of photos and original artwork as well as other memorabilia of the 97.4 WLS Rock-N-Roll Art Show. This special art show featured a wide range of photographs from The Beatles to Pink Floyd (taken at Capitol Records in LA) and U2 and first showings by reknown artist Al Hirschfeld of "John Lennon". Plus this collection had original artwork by such rock celebrities Robby Krieger (Doors) - "She Lives On Love Street" (a beautiful artistic depiction of The Doors' song), Jimi Hendrix - "The Prayer" and "Gensis", and Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) - "Quiet City". Also part of this art showing was originals painted by Tony Bennett and samples of celebrity cheque autographs.

What truly got SouthSide's mojo rising while examining the many classic rock concert handbills for The Strokes and Grateful Dead was the vast poster collection. Being a poster collector herself, she enjoyed viewing visual artwork ...some dating back to 60s/70s to those recently dated as of this year. There were Jerry Garcia drawings (some done by magic markers and/or watercolor). SouthSide also highly suggests flipping throuh the photographs by famed rock photo-journalist Mark Weiss. Many of the memorabilia (as well as art) were priced for purchase during the showing like The Who Discography Gold Record and The Doors' LA Woman handwritten lyrics-Gold Record set (which included autographs). As an added bonus, Ron Campbell made a rare appearance with his original artwork and drawings. His name should have a special meaning with any die-hard Beatles fan - he's the animator for the Beatles' film, Yellow Submarine and director of the ABC Saturday morning Beatles Cartoon series from 1965 to 1969. Also he was involved with other beloved cartoons such as The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Rugrats and many more.

This reviewer was in awe and inspired with many ideas on what to do with her own vast collection of rock history and memorabilia from her adventures around town ...especially how to display her posters. SouthSide highly recommends checking out this fascinating artshow. For more details, visit http://www.rockartshow.com.

Until next time, support your local scene,

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