Sex, drugs and rock n' roll took more than a few lives at the start of the 1970's. Neil Young survived but close friends did not. He would feel personally responsible for one - the death of Danny Whitten. Fired during rehearsals for the Time Fades Away tour, the guitarist would die the same night from a cocktail of drugs. The three-month, 65-date tour became an exorcism for Young, sorting out the demons of rage, guilt, betrayal.
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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.