Thursday, December 3, 2009

Elliott Landy's "Woodstock Vision" book makes a great holiday gift.

From Elliott's online newsletter:

Dear friends:
My latest book, Woodstock Vision, The Spirit of a Generation, would make a great gift for the holidays. You can purchase signed copies from my website for the cover price of $35. It was published in July by Backbeat Books (only in Hardcover.)
It is 224 pages, 9.5 x 11 inches, with nearly 300 photographs, many of which were never published before. I am thrilled with the printing quality of this book. Many of the color photographs look better than they ever have. To see some pages from the book and read more about it, and order a signed copy from me, go to my website:
Here is a brief description: In the first part of the book, I describe my photographic journey and experiences in the Sixties - being part of a movement that we thought would change the world. For me, my well-known images of Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), The Band (Music From Big Pink and The Band), Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills), Van Morrison (Moondance), Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and the '69 Woodstock Festival—were a reflection of my belief that unity of purpose, shared consciousness, and freedom to behave as we wished, coupled with the power of music to liberate the soul, would set us free. The book is not only about rock musicians but also includes unusual images of peace demonstrations and humorous celebrity event photos showing the absurdity of Star worship. This series of photos was taken while working with New York City Underground newspapers in an effort to help create a more just and intelligent society. The second part is a 90-page section of photographs and stories about the Woodstock Festival which preserve the true vision and spirituality of the Festival and the time. It contains personal first-hand accounts from some of the producers, builders, hippies and straights who created and attended the Festival; and describes the spirituality, trials and tribulations, and the sheer joy of being there. It is a celebration of a time that continues to inspire succeeding generations.

Randy Carliante live performance updates.

Randy Carliante (frmrly of reunited The Band) has a couple of upcoming live dates. Thanks to frequent reader of our blog Rick S. of NY for the heads up.

Phelonious Funk (w/ Danny Louis from Govt. Mule)
Friday, December 4th 9:30 High Falls Cafe, PO Box 517, Rt. 213 and Mohonk Rd., High Falls, NY12440 (845-687-2669). $7- Reservations suggested. for info. (10 miles from NYS Thruway exit 18 in New Paltz)

Sunday, December 6th - Sunday Knights (w/ Matt Finck, guitar; Bruce Katz, piano wizardry; and Horns - Gary Brown, sax; Larry Moses, trumpet) @Keegan's Ale, 20 St. James St., Kingston, NY12401-4534,
845-331-BREW (2739). for info. Very affordable.

Bob Dylan also receives a Grammy nomination in the same Americana category as Levon Helm, Willie Nelson & Wilco.

Chris Bergson live performance update.

From Chris' online newsletter:

I am very excited to announce that the Chris Bergson Band will be performing at New York City’s legendary Smalls Jazz Club on Wednesday, December 16th. This world- famous Greenwich Village basement club has long been a home for countless jazz greats, and remains one of the city’s hippest, most comfortable listening rooms. This show will showcase the jazz side of the Chris Bergson Band’s catalog and will feature saxophonist Jay Collins, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Darren Beckett, fresh off the road with acclaimed vocalist Madeleine Peyroux. This show will feature selections from Chris’ back catalogue as well as new arrangements of classic standards and soul jazz – It’s going to be a great night, and I hope to see you there! Here are all the details:
Chris Bergson Band
Smalls Jazz Club
Wednesday, December 16
183 West 10th Street (just West of 7thAvenue South)
Sets at 9:00 & 10:30 PM
$20 Cover (includes the cost of two drinks)
w/ Jay Collins – tenor sax, backing vocals / Matt Clohesy – bass / Darren Beckett – drums
For those of you who can’t make it in person, the show will also be streamed live on Smalls’ website.

In other news, Chris is featured in photographer Paul La Raia’s brand new book The Levon Helm Midnight Ramble. Culled from over 75 Rambles, the book includes wonderful photos of Levon and his band and numerous special guests, including Chris Bergson bandmates Jay Collins, Tony Leone and Bruce Katz. Published by Backbeat Books / Hal Leonard, the book is available at Barnes and Noble and
Finally, I want to thank everybody who came out to see the Chris and his band this past year!
Happy Holidays!


Chris Bergson is a Brooklyn based Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter.For complete show schedule, MP3s, bio, and photos, please visit: and

Bill Scheele extends his "Look Out Cleveland" exhibit.

Look Out Cleveland:
Bob Dylan & The BandPhotographs by William G. ScheeleEquipment/Stage Manager 1969-1976
The popular exhibit is back and on display
through January 2010!
Visible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth Road Opening 6-10 pm Friday, December 11th, 2009
Tremont Art Walk

Levon Helm receives Grammy nomination for his "Electric Dirt" album.