John Lennon Fine Art Print
The Fillmore East was in count-down mode; barely three weeks remained until what Bill Graham had announced in April, 1971 would be his hallowed hall's final rock concert. Frank Zappa was lined up for June 5/6 and set-up with an equipment truck to record Fillmore East: June 1971. The day before the concert, John Lennon and Yoko Ono showed up at Zappa's hotel room and, after pleasantries and gentle put-downs were exchanged, took up Zappa's invitation to "come down and jam" with the band. Lennon and Yoko made a surprise, on-stage appearance with Zappa for the encore of the June 5th concert, too, creating a died-and-gone-to-heaven sensation in awe-struck fans privy to the three's scream-edition of "Scumbag."
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Joe Sia was a shooting star, a genuine, hands-down, everyone-agrees-on-this star at shooting [photographs], and his departure from this planet in 2003 at the tender age of 57 was too soon for a man of his talent. Born in the Bronx and a committed Yankees man, Joe loved music and gravitated around the Fillmore East and the flower-power youth-culture rock scene from whence he set out to capture some of the most incredible sounds of the last half-century. How could Joe capture sounds on camera film? He did it by focusing on the faces of the performers and the woozing-oozing crowd and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.