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Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents: CBGB — The Age of Punk

Debbie and Chris
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie (1980) By Allan Tannenbaum (All Photos of the Photos By Gail)

Do you like Punk Rock? I sure do. The true spirit of Punk really thrived in cities like London (where it was born), Los Angeles and New York back in the mid-70 to early 80s, before it became a commercial product and fashion statement that was appropriated by Midwest mall kids, and completely lost its teeth. Kill me. Fortunately, all of that great music still exits, and we can also travel back in time to the early days of the mosh pit with amazing photographs of the iconic musicians and style-makers who embodied the Punk credo. The place to see and live through those photos is the Morrison Hotel Gallery.

MHG CBGB Invite

As the definitive home of Fine Art Rock Photography, Morrison Hotels Gallery has just launched its latest collection, CBGB: The Age of Punk, and it is pretty sweet. I attended the opening reception here in Manhattan on May 17th, and the place was packed wall-to-wall with many of the legendary photographers who shot these photos, such as Bob Gruen, as well as a New York icons Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie. All of the photos in this post were shot while I maneuvered around a drunken, sweaty horde, so I chose to crop most them and you will just have to guess what they look like all framed and nice. Punk Rock!

New York Dolls
New York Dolls (1974) By Bob Gruen

Here’s the Gallery’s Official Blurb about the Collection:

Rooted in 1960s garage rock, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock and CB’s became one of the quintessential locations to perform. Bands had the freedom to experiment and bring their own artistry and social commentary, no matter how depraved and raucous, to audiences hungry for new art, music and freedom of speech.

Chris Stein
Chris Stein Being Interviewed at the Opening Reception

Contrary to what the series title would have you believe, not all of the photos were taken at CBGB, or even in New York.

Glenn Danzig
Glenn Danzig of The Misfits, a Band that Got Its Start Playing CBGB

Joan Jett
Joan Jett on Stage with The Runaways By Lynn Goldsmith

Patti Smith
Patti (1978) By Allan Tannenbaum

As you might expect, there a ton of great shots of Patti Smith, both on stage with PSG, and off stage. She was so photogenic.

Patti and Robert
Patti and Robert in NYC (1969) By Norman Seef

Here she is with her boyfriend at the time, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. So hot.

Patti Smith with TV
Patti in NYC (1976) by Frank Stefanko

Patti Smith Portrait
Patti Smith Portrait. Breathtaking.

Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols in Europe (1977) by Bob Gruen

The first wave British punks get their due as well. I got this shot on the wall behind the open gallery door!

Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious (1978) By Ebet Roberts

The Clash
The Clash in NYC (1981) By Bob Gruen

Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer of The Clash (RIP) looking like a Movie Star.

Ramones
The Ramones in NYC (1975) By Bob Gruen

And, of course, the Ramones are well- represented, as they should be.

There’s no telling how long this exhibit will be on public view in the gallery, but you can always view the full collection at This Link should you wish to make a purchase. All orders are filled on-demand up the run limit of that series.

Morrison Hotel Gallery is Located at 116 Prince Street, 2nd Floor in SoHo, NYC.

The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” 50th Anniversary Photographs at Morrison Hotel Gallery

All You Need is Love Color
All Photos By Gail

It was 1967 and photographer David Magnus stepped into the ultimate temple of musical genius and creativity known as Abbey Road Studios in London. There, he joined The Beatles and their invited guests, who would all participate in the first world-wide global satellite broadcast performance of a song John Lennon had written called “All You Need Is Love.” Little did David know at the time that he would be the only photographer there.

All You Need is Love Session

The Beatles sang “All You Need Is Love” for a global audience, and Magnus’s beautiful never-before-seen images, now on exhibit (and for sale) at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo, NYC take you on a journey inside what went on in front of the television cameras and behind the scenes on the day of that their global satellite broadcast, which happened fifty years ago. We attended the show’s opening reception at MHG back in June and had a groovy time. Please enjoy our photos from the show!

John at the Mic
John Lennon at the Mic

Here’s are a few more details of that day 50 years ago:

On June 25, 1967, performers representing 19 countries from around the world appeared on Our World, the first international television production broadcast by satellite.

Mick Jagger and John Lennon
Mick Jagger and John Lennon

An estimated 400 million viewers watched the two-and-a-half hour program, which featured talent including Pablo Picasso and Maria Callas and was closed out by a performance of “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles.

Paul Triptych
Paul McCartney Triptych

Photographer David Magnus was a friend of and regular collaborator with the band, was on hand to take pictures of the historic gig. The majority of these photos have never been seen before by the public.

George and Patti with Brian
George Harrison and Wife Pattie Boyd with Brian Epstein

George Harrison
George Harrison at the Mic

All You Need is Love Installation View
All You Need is Love Installation View

John and Paul
Paul and John with Ringo in Foreground

John and Paul with Brian
John and Paul with Brian

3 Beatles with Brian
From the Same Series as Above, But Now Including George on the Far Left

Beatles in a Diner
The Beatles Dining in the Studio Commissary

Ringo as Barry Wom

When I look at this photo of Ringo at his drumkit, I just see Barry Wom from The Rutles. Anyone else?

George and Paul
George and John Getting Some Tea

High res images from the All You Need is Love collection can be found at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Website (Click This Link), where you will also find information on how to purchase these fine art prints. The gallery is located at 116 Prince Street, 2nd Floor in SoHo, New York City.

All You Need is Love Studio Session

All You Need is Love Signage
All You Need is Love B&W

Limited Runs Presents the Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Collection

Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series
Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series By Tom Kelley, 1949 (All Post Photos By Gail)

There would probably be little argument that Marilyn Monroe is the most legendary and iconic Hollywood Movie Star to have ever lived. Countless contemporary artists — from Andy Warhol to Ron English, Ad Infinitum — have captured and re-appropriated her likeness into their own works, and her image still turns heads wherever it appears. While she did not have a long life, she certainly has achieved immortality in a sense. Limited Runs, a company that specializes in Classic Hollywood and other Fine Art Photography has just released the Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Collection, which  features her famous nude shots circa 1949 that originally appeared on promotional calendars. Now you can all own prints of these gorgeous photographs that were at one time so controversial, they had to be “dressed” in superimposed lingerie in order to be sent through the mail.

Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series Calendar

Above is an example one of these calendars, where Monroe’s breasts have been blocked out to avoid being labeled as pornography — pretty hilarious when you consider the types of fashion photography and figure modeling that has become acceptable, and even mainstream, in the past 70 or so years. One of the Red Velvet poses made her the first Playboy Sweetheart — the prototype for the centerfold-featured Playmates who would follow in years to come.

Post Continues, With More Photos, After The Jump!

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Ken Regan’s Uncovered at Morrison Hotel Gallery

The Beatles
All Photos By Gail

It’s been a while (i.e. way too long) since we had the chance to stop by an opening reception at Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street in Soho. Fortunately, we remedied that situation by hitting the party for Uncovered, a selection of 60s-era Black & White photography from New York based legend, Ken Regan.

The Beatles
The Beatles

For me, the sign of an excellent music photography exhibit is one that shows me at least one photo of The Beatles that I’ve not seen before. So: score, a direct hit. The above shot of the Fab Four is not only previously unknown to me, it’s  simply a fucking fantastic photo. You could live an entire lifetime in that photograph — and Ken Regan took it.

Batman Party
Left, Batman Party. Right, JFK

Regan, who passed away in November of 2012, was not an artist who let himself be pigeonholed into just one area of photography, as his portfolio included not only pop music icons and movie starts, but also sports, politics, fashion and landscape photography. Featuring mostly photographs from between 1960 to 1970, Uncovered provide an excellent cross section of Ken’s vast body of work.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show.

Bridget Bardot
Bridget Bardot

Black Panthers
Black Panthers

YSL
Yves Saint Laurent (On the Right)

This one is blurry because I was trying to hold a glass of wine in one hand and take a picture with the other. Multi-tasking!

Rich Lady

I don’t know who this lady is, but she looks pretty fabulous.

John John and Jackie
John John and Jackie

This photo breaks my heart a million times.

RFK
Bobby Kennedy

Social Unrest

Ken was also a great news photographer, because he was able to distill the action with just one shot. Amazing.

Uncovered: A Decade of Images by Ken Regan will be on Exhibit Only Through July 3rd, 2015 at Morrison Hotel Gallery, Located Upstairs at 116 Prince Street, Soho, NYC.

Ken Regan Uncovered Signage

MHG Signage

Chris Stein Presents Blondie 4(0) Ever at The Dream Hotel

Debbie Zebra
Debbie Harry Photographed By Chris Stein (All Event Photos By Gail)

The Morrison Hotel Gallery, in conjunction with the Dream Downtown Hotel is currently presenting a collection of fine art photographs by legendary Blondie guitarist Chris Stein. A student of NYC’s School Of Visual Arts, Chris started taking photographs in 1968. In 1973, he met and began working with Debbie Harry and together they founded the band Blondie. Chris was always taking pictures in the environment that surrounded Blondie and, lucky to be on the inside, was able to mingle with many pioneers of the new wave and punk music scenes.

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