December 23, 2014 § 7 Comments
JOE COCKER (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014)
I met Joe Cocker a week before we took off — all 45 people, 3 kids and a dog named Cannina, plus a 5 man film crew, on a mad, fabulous crazy two month tour of the US, hopping from stage to plane to bus, to hotel, to bus to plane to another stage. Joe was loving and funny and soft and broken-hearted. He was a ball of energy, often in his own world but always willing to connect. I had a crush on him, which he knew but never took advantage of. I was the youngest member of the tour, besides the children, and I had never been on a rock and roll tour before.
Denny Cordell, who produced the Tour, said I could go after I showed him I could take pictures. So, I packed and a week later was on the bus. I loved Joe. I will always be grateful I got to be part of the show as well as one of the two women photographers (Andee Nathanson was the other), in the rambling circus, which was Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
Joe modeled for us all a freedom of spirit and abandon that has become for me a bar to aspire to in any given moment. He was lost and in pain during that tour – he did everything to excess – drugs, alcohol, and I imagine women, but who knows. I was not privy to that, other than the rumors of the Butter Queen and her daring court, and the doctor who came onto the tour to give rounds of shots to any of those young musicians who strayed off the path of the straight and narrow!
Joe stayed alive through all those years of public drunkenness, eventually finding his grace in his wife, Pam, who he says saved his life.
Joe is a legend. He should have been inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame – a huge mistake, but maybe not — maybe that omission will cause people to speak up and honor his talent and his life even more than if he had been.
To me, Joe is the kind of person my father was, true blue. 100% loyal and 100% in. When, after 30 years of not seeing each other, and having hundreds of thousands of people come through his life, he remembered to bring me a tape Bobby Torres gave him the night before in Portland, when he played in Seattle a few years ago. When his concert was over and he was brought to greet friends, he pulled it out of his pocket and handed it to me. He’d been carrying it in his pocket for me.
Stay tuned for a rocking slideshow of the Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour
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Please join me at the opening of Refocus: Multicultural Focus
Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica
January 7th, 2012
part of the J. Paul Getty, Pacific Standard Time initiative
In 1981 the exhibition Multicultural Focus was mounted at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery Barnsdall Park where Josine Starrels was Gallery Director. Organized by Sheila Pinkel and curated by twelve artist/curators in the Los Angeles area — three each from the black, Latino, white and Asian communities — it was the first cross-cultural exhibition of photography in the Los Angeles area. Refocus: Multicultural Focus will include current work by most of the original artists in the exhibition. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition providing information on the original show juxtaposed to contemporary work and statements by participating artists. A new catalogue essay will reflect the changes that have taken place in multiculturalism and photography during the intervening thirty years. Participating artists include Arden Alger, Don Anton, Stephen Axelrad, Carroll Parrott Blue, Elizabeth Bryant, Gillian Brown, Steve Beherns, Dennis Callwood, Todd Gray, Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Willie Middlebrook, Patrick Nagatani, Peter Reiss, Joan Salinger, Rick Tejada-Flores, Linda Wolf, Nancy Webber, Mihoko Yamagata and Bruce Yonomoto.
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