The end of era the passing of legendary photographer Bob Seidemann.

A visionary photographer joins the great beyond. I did not realize he shot the Blind Faith album cover. I have to locate my copy and see what condition it’s in.

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By Karl Anderson

The end of era the Passing of legendary photographer Bob Seidemann. Bob took some of the most iconic photos of the 1960s. A true visionary that was able to capture the mood of the 60’s in eye of a lens.

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While still living in New York, Seidemann learned how to take pictures from a dance-photographer named Tom Caravaglia, and his career behind a lens blossomed in San Francisco, where he was drawn to the city’s psychedelic music scene. In particular, he got tight with the members of Big Brother and the Holding Company, with whom he lived for a while in nearby Marin County, and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, for whom he designed the cover of the incomparable guitarist’s first solo album. By the late 1960s, Seidemann was famous—in some circles, infamous—as a rock photographer.

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Two Trains Runnin’ – Grammy 2018 Nominated

The Grammy 2018 Nominations were announced today for the 60th Grammy Awards to take place at Madison Square Garden. They will air January 28th at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

This category caught my eye.

Best Music Film:

One More Time With Feeling — Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Long Strange Trip — (The Grateful Dead)
The Defiant Ones — (Various Artists)
Soundbreaking— (Various Artists)
Two Trains Runnin’ — (Various Artists)

I have seen three of the five films (marked in bold) this year.  I have yet to process Nick Cave after trying several times to listen to him and his band on Spotify and Apple Music. Perhaps when I see the One More Time With Feeling documentary I will get the video/audio syntax I need to appreciate him better. Adds this film to my to-do list.

Being an active blues historian I was surprised to have not read about Two Trains Runnin’ until today. I am eager to see this documentary as soon as its distribution widens.

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Onuka – Vsesvit

This track was shared with me today by Eriq Mouquet (Deep Forest) who produced this collaboration with his favorite band, Onuka. “Vsesvit” it’s infectious, uplifting and more.

Onuka (“granddaughter”) is a Ukrainian electro-folk band. It was created in 2013 by Ukrainian musicians Eugene Filatov and Nata Zhyzhchenko.[1][2][3] Other group members are Daryna Sert (keyboardist and backing vocalist), Mariya Sorokina (percussionist) and Yevhen Yovenko (banduryst). The band’s instrumentation includes electronic drums, trombones, French horns and the Ukrainian folk instruments bandura and sopilka.[4]

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Je suis enchante’, Merci beaucoup Eric and Onuka!

Albumism

Albumism is one of several new music Web sites to catch my attention. I discovered them, as a result, of a Follow on Twitter.

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Albumism™ is an editorially independent music website dedicated to honoring the album as a vital art form, while connecting with the global community of passionate music fans to celebrate our love affairs with albums past, present and future.

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, they offer feature articles, tributes, reviews, interviews, news, playlists, streams, and videos, among other forms of content, and always welcome comments, contributions and ideas from our fellow music enthusiasts.

If you are an album fan you are sure to be impressed with their passion and dedication to the album art form and the music it provides our souls.

My favorite article thus far is, “100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums Ever Made“. There is a lot to listen to and appreciate on this Web page. I have been listening to many of these albums on Apple Music and Sonos this past week. Add to your knowledge by looking, clicking and listening to these truly fine works.

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Automatic For The People – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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Approximately 25 years ago I purchased R.E.M.’s 16-bit audio CD based on a recommendation. Little did I realize it would become my favorite recording of my extensive music collection. It never fails to satisfy through repeated listenings, shuffled tracks, etc. I reach for it often to fill the void.

R.E.M. and Craft Recordings are reissuing Automatic for the People as a 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition in various editions and packages on November 10th. The edition that has my interest is the four-disc box set.  R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People, Blu-Ray Disc 4 is the first album to be commercially released in the expressive, breathtaking format known as Dolby Atmos.

Been waiting for Automatic for the People in high resolution for some time now, soon it will be here…

“It speaks of the fragility and beauty of life and living life to the fullest in the present moment” – Michael Stipe reflecting about Automatic for the People.