DECEMBER 14.
2017

       
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Dec 4th marks my 50th year as a photographer / 2017 is my 39th year in Nashville

NEW + UPdated pages
MUSIC + PICTURES DAY 62
Albums - CD/LP
NOVEMBER 5
Videos FEB 12
Gigs 2017 NOVEMBER 28 iPhone pix 2017 DECEMBER 4   Scenes+More DECEMBER 14
Johnny CASH SEPTEMBER 28  Stevie Ray Vaughan AUGUST 27  Steve Earle JULY 22   Guy Clark AUG 12
60'S
AUGUST 28   70'S AUGUST 28    Nashville Musicians OCTOBER 30  Press AUGUST 22
Don Williams
SEPTEMBER 10  Barefoot Farmer OCTOBER 9
Alan bio DECEMBER 4   Snaps of me AUG 31


DECEMBER 4
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 4th 1967 was my first day as a professional photographer when I started as an assistant to Dezo Hoffmann.
I was sixteen years old, terribly excited and eager to get started.

My first day involved glazing 850 whole plate (8 1/2 x 6 1/2 ) repro prints. This was a process of running the wet photographic print through a Kodak drum dryer.
Tedious, but better than school the week before!
Within a week I was assistant on a Jimi Hendrix session and then photographing pop stars.

My first music magazine cover was Manfred Mann (Record Mirror, Feb 10th 1968), the second The Beatles (Sept ’68). There were numerous editorial pictures too.
After six months I lost my job when Dezo’s contract with the Record Mirror ended, he was very short of money and couldn’t pay me, so I became a self-employed freelance working from his studio on a small retainer that barely covered my train fare, he never paid me my commission, but I got plenty of “experience”.

I bought a Nikon with a £100 left to me by my grandfather and was fortunate to be given a lens by a wonderful man, Keith Johnson, who worked at a camera shop, Paul Fraziers in Oxford Street, he went on to own the biggest camera store in London, KJP. Keith would allow me to get film and equipment and pay him when I could.
I am forever grateful for Keith’s kindness. Without him, I would never have made it.
I was very shy and conservatively dressed for the first year, later I became a trendy teen, dressed in a bottle green velvet suit, some of my clothes were handmade at

Carnaby Cavern, my hair was styled by Denny at Sweeney's in Knightsbridge. My shirts were frilly or Nero style with a round collar.
The swinging sixties were amazing, fast and productive.
I was a teenager with a camera and a pass to every cool happening fab gear music event.

My 50th professional anniversary is to be celebrated by a retrospective book and more to be announced during the coming year.


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DECEMBER 3
Austin, Texas


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NOVEMBER 19
MEL TILLIS [August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017]
Posting this with a heavy heart and with condolences to the Tillis family.
Mel Tillis was an American original, he embraced life, forging his unique path as a musician, songwriter, publisher, actor, comedian

and always a damn good singer.
It was Mel who first showed me local Tennessee farm raised vegetables, gave me a glass of real unpasteurised milk from his cows.

I worked with Mel for a while as his photographer and art director, it was never boring! We did good work, rode some wild roads and laughed a lot.
R.I.P.


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OCTOBER 31
IT'S HALLOWEEN EVERY DAY WITH ALICE COOPER


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OCTOBER 28
KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS
Glasgow, Kentucky


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OCTOBER 28
AMISH HORSE + BUGGY
Allen County, Kentucky


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OCTOBER 26
HALLOWEENIE
Leiper's Fork, Franklin, Tennessee


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OCTOBER 24
Congratulations to the late VERN GOSDIN for being elected into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
It was about time. Vern Gosdin was real country, from his roots in rural Alabama, to his unique voice.
He sang country with the heart-wrenching sound we love coming out of a barroom juke-box.
He was a classic and those songs will forever resonate.
I photographed and/ or designed 14 Vern Gosdin albums.


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OCTOBER 3
REMEMBERING, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
Born October 3rd, 1954 in Dallas.
This picture is from the IN STEP session.
Prints available


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OCTOBER 2
TOM PETTY - R.I.P.
I met Tom Petty a few times, lovely man. He rocked!

Municipal Auditorium, Nashville - 7.9.85

Old Grey Whistle Test - BBC TV, London - May 10th 1977

YouTube video from the show: LISTEN TO HER HEART
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Index picture
ROBERT DUVALL - 1985
Everybody's Somebody In Luckenbach


Location: Chips Moman's driveway, Nashville
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SEPTEMBER 28
INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS
SHAWN CAMP
IBMA Male Vocalist Of The Year


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SEPTEMBER 17
JESSI ZAZU WARINER MEMORIAL
Fort houston, Nashville
Jessi Zazu founder of THOSE DARLINS died from cervical cancer on September 12th, she was 28.
There was a large crowd of family and friends who gathered on a Sunday to celebrate Jessi's life.
AIN'T AFRAID was her slogan.


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SEPTEMBER 12
JOHNNY CASH - 14 YEARS GONE
Cinnamon Hill, Jamaica, January 1999.


more CASH
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SEPTEMBER 8
DON WILLIAMS DIED TODAY
The gentle giant was an American original and a really lovely man.
I first photographed Don Williams in England at the Wembley Country Music Festival, in 1977. My photographs, in part, led me to Nashville.
I loved the records from the 70's onwards and like millions of others, was a Don Williams fan and got to work with him a few times.

Don visited my house for this photo session in '96.


more pictures
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SEPTEMBER 3
DAVE ROE
rocking Fleetwood Mac's, OH WELL with BILLY BURNETTE.
Dave has played bass with Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam and is a top Nashville session player.


with Kenny Vaughan - Superlative guitar and Jerry Roe - badass drums.
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville

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SEPTEMBER 2
SAM BUSH
Fork Fest, Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
Sam is a nouveau super-musician, playing a classic Bill Monroe tune, under a moonlit sky.


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AUGUST 27
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
Gone 27 years


more SRV pictures
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AUGUST 21
SOLAR ECLIPSE
Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee


more pictures
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AUGUST 21
SOLAR SUNSET
LaFayette, Tennessee


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MUSIC + PICTURES
DAY 62
/ 8.12.17
DOYLE BRAMHALL
 
CHANGE IT
DOYLE BRAMHALL was a Texas drummer with a unique style and a really lovely man. We met indirectly through Stevie Ray Vaughan, after he saw my IN STEP pictures.
I photographed and designed Doyle's BIRD NEST ON THE GROUND album for Antone’s Records, Austin and made this video to promote the album, CHANGE IT (1993)
Doyle died November 12th, 2011, he was only 62.


This is a video frame with graphics.
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AUGUST 10
HOUSE OF BLUES STUDIO
Nashville


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AUGUST 8
GLEN CAMPBELL TV SHOW - June 1978
NBC special, costarring Brenda Lee at the Grand Ole Opry , Nashville
Bill Walker
was the musical director


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AUGUST 8
GLEN CAMPBELL - R.I.P.


London, April 1970
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AUGUST 8
MEL TILLIS IS 85 TODAY
One of the coolest, they don't make 'em like that anymore.
This picture was in Florida, circa 1983.


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AUGUST 2
KIM + SCOTT COLLINS
5 YEARS BREAST CANCER FREE

(Kim has a blog, she helps other women)

"Five years ago I made a decision and underwent a surgery that would affect me (as it does thousands of women) the rest of my life;
Saying goodbye to one of my breasts. Saying goodbye to a “limb”. Saying goodbye to a part of what makes me a physical female. I took 6 weeks to contemplate and research to come to this decision since I was treating my cancer holistically. But ultimately, for me, to cut out this large mass lump of fucked up cells was made to give me a bit more time to how I would treat the rest of my body conflicted with cancer, without toxins.
A cancerous lump is a physical symptom that the whole body is off on a cellular level. The idea that having a mastectomy gets “rid” of cancer is not always
the case and to believe so can be deadly. That’s why cancer can come back so often, because it was never really dealt with at the “cause” level.


I had no idea what type of emotional/spiritual long term effects would pair with a mastectomy, even after receiving flawless reconstruction.
So I set aside this day, every year, as a sort of memorial to honor myself and a tough decision I probably wouldn’t have made today with all I have learned about holistic cancer healing. But ultimately my decision, has helped me turn to my true self in a deeper way. So thank you, to my self, for being courageous at a time where I almost felt numb in disbelief and wasn’t quite sure what to do. Thank you, my self, for not feeling the vanity of losing such a part of me that was, literally and figuratively, so close to my heart. This is not about the ego, but the spirit/essence.
I honor all women that have experienced losing a “5th” limb that makes us innately female. Our breasts do not make us who we are, but in remembering who we once were and the choices we had to make to better ourselves can be healing. I am setting up a non-profit grant based fund called “The Treasure Chest” to help women conflicted with choice and financial burdens when it comes to treating their breast cancer; choice of non toxic cancer treatment, in which insurance companies do not recognize or compensate for. The non toxic treatment I choose saved my life in so many ways, beyond the physical, and my wish is for this to be experienced for more women dealing with cancer. More details regarding the fund coming soon.

Namaste." -
Kim Collins http://kimberlycollins.tumblr.com

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AUGUST 1
STEPPENWOLF
GOLDY McJOHN, keyboard and "founding father" of STEPPENWOLF died today, from a heart attack, he was 72.
Goldy is on the right.

STEPPENWOLF posing outside the Royal Albert Hall, London - Thursday, July 2nd, 1970
They were sharing the bill with Colosseum. My photograph shows a part of my grandmother's flat, Albert Court.
I would go to some amazing concerts at The Albert Hall, then decompress next door in her lovely flat.


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JULY 27
JASON ISBELL
and his wife, AMANDA SHIRES playing a benefit at Oh Boy Records, “The Songs of John Prine” at the Basement East, Nashville.
Yet another benefit for health care. A local musician has cervical cancer.
Our Nashville community is generous towards fellow comrades, this should not be necessary.


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JULY 25
MICHAEL JOHNSON - R.I.P.
Sad to hear that MICHAEL JOHNSON renowned for, BLUER THAN BLUE, has died at 72
A really nice man and a talented musician. Here is a picture from my Nashville studio - circa 1986


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JULY 21
STEVE EARLE
prepares to take the stage at The Ryman, Nashville with his band, THE DUKES


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JULY 20
JEFF POPPEN - THE BAREFOOT FARMER
Speaking at the Tennessee Small Farm Expo at TSU Agricultural Center, Nashville


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JULY 18
MANUEL CUEVAS
[tailor to the stars]
attends Mass for his wife, MARIA SALINAS with family and many friends at St Ignatius Church, Antioch, Tennessee - 7:00 pm


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JULY 14 2017


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JULY 8
RED PEPPER + GARLIC
Organically grown by Bugtussle Farm, Kentucky


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JULY 7
PEACE and LOVE
RINGO presented Geoff Emerick the Grammy he won for engineering Sgt. Pepper - London 1968


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JULY 3
JIM MORRISON
46 years gone.
The Doors press call - ICA London - September 7th 1968


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JULY 1
TOBACCO & BEER DRIVE THRU
Nashville


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JUNE 29
CANE TOAD
Percy Warner, Nashville


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JUNE 23
Remembering JUNE CARTER CASH
born, June 23rd 1929.
This was on the roof of John and June’s Central Park apartment, 1988.


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JUNE 22
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON IS 81 TODAY
This was backstage at New York’s, Bottom Line, before Kris’ gig.
John and June had a table, I sat there too. In this picture Kris has just been given a copy of June’s new book, From the Heart.


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JUNE 15
WAYLON JENNINGS 1937 - 2002
Remembering WAYLON on his 80th birthday

There was only one Waylon he lived and sang it his way. Lovely outlaw!
This picture is from a Highwaymen tour - 1990


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JUNE 14
RORY GALLAGHER
died on this day June 14th 1995, he was only 47
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I met Rory when I was the Old Grey Whistle Test photographer, he recorded two songs HANDS OFF + WALK ON HOT COALS on February 13th 1973.
An absolutely lovely man and he rocked.
Rory invited me to his gig at the Hammersmith Odeon, later that week, where I stood on the stage taking pictures. Best seat in the house!


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JUNE 3
REGGIE YOUNG
Green's Grocery, Leiper's Fork, Tennessee.
Reggie Young arrives for the musician studded pre-release party for his album, FOREVER YOUNG
Reggie who has played guitar on 100's of chart hits during his 60 year career, has recorded his first solo album at the tender age of 80.
More pictures


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JUNE 3
"IT WAS THE THIRD OF JUNE .."

ODE TO BILLY JOE still lists high on my playlist.
BOBBIE GENTRY had big hair and eyelashes and that Southern accent (I was 17 years old swooning shyly behind my camera).

Watch this amazing performance (video)
She really knew what she was doing. Still stirs my emotions. Bobbie Gentry had her own TV show when I met her.
My first album cover was I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN, from this same photo session, May 1968.


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MAY 31
JOHNNY PAYCHECK - 1982
Paycheck was born this day, May 31st 1938. Today, by chance, I photographed his limo at Storytellers in Bon Aqua, Tennessee.

This photograph is from a photo session in my Nashville studio, 1982. One of the pictures was used for his,"Lovers and Losers" album cover.
I found him to be a likable man. His voice was the epitome of Outlaw Country. Paycheck (stage name) died on February 19th 2003, he was only 64.


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MAY
Charlotte, Tennessee


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MAY 28
39 YEARS IN NASHVILLE
On May 28th 1978 (my Father’s sixtieth birthday) he drove me to London’s Gatwick Airport where I boarded a flight to Dallas, Ft Worth.

There I bought a white bicentennial Chevrolet Impala and drove it to Nashville, where my new apartment on Music Row awaited.
I had jobs lined up and set to work immediately.
The 80’s were boom years,
I racked up hundreds of album covers, photographing many notable musicians in my studio, won a Grammy (album packaging)

and was probably shooting a session every day and printing most nights.
I was introduced to Johnny Cash in ’87 (we had met briefly in ’77) and a lifelong friendship and hundreds of photographs ensued.
I have been a professional photographer for 49 years.
I am shooting more pictures than ever and as passionate about photography as when I bought my first camera at seven.
Today would have been my Father’s 99th birthday.


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MAY 27
GREGG ALLMAN - R.I.P.
Old Grey Whistle Test - 1977
This was during rehearsal of LOVE ME with Cher

The Guardian published this obituary featuring my picture.


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MAY 27
KATHY, ROSANNE, CINDY + TARA CASH
before, BECOMING OUR FATHER at the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
The photographs and stories provided an insightful look at their father's life before he became their father and JOHNNY CASH.

Kudos to Peter Cooper for the interesting conversation with the daughters.


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MAY 23
ROGER MOORE
will always be THE SAINT.
I remember him as Ivanhoe, but THE SAINT was our Sunday evening viewing.
My sister was at school with a couple of his and Luisa Mattioli's children.
This picture was from an appearance on Simon Dee's, Dee Time, BBC TV, Lime Grove, London - October 1969, he was with his new wife, Luisa.

Roger Moore was a charming man.
R.I.P.


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MAY 17
GUY CLARK
Luthier, avid smoker and American singer/ songwriter,
died one year ago, MAY 17th 2016
This photograph is from a party in Nashville, April 2014


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MAY 13
STEVIE WONDER was born, MAY 13th 1950
Here's a photograph backstage after a show at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (1968?)
At that time he was still Little Stevie Wonder. I don't remember if I photographed the show, probably not, I met him briefly afterwards to make this picture.

It is rare for me to use a flash, I was 17 and still developing my style.
Stevie Wonder was amazing on stage and a really joyful nice man in person.
I met him again briefly with Johnny Cash in New York in 1990.


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APRIL 30
DAVE DAVIES
Rocked the City Winery, Nashville, playing a varied set sprinkling in old and new, giving us the guitar sound that founded the Kinks
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Dennis Diken is amazing on drums driving the Kink Kronikles band. Rebecca G. Wilson is on backup vocals.The bass player (out of frame) is David Nolte.


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APRIL 29
HAPPY 84th BIRTHDAY WILLIE


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APRIL 26
HAPPY 79th BIRTHDAY DUANE EDDY
One of the nicest "Rebel Rouser" men on the planet.
I first photographed Duane Eddy in England in 1968.


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APRIL 22
TENNESSEE FLOOD
Leiper's Fork / 6:52 PM
Not too serious, but surreally beautiful.


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APRIL 22
GLEN CAMPBELL IS 81 TODAY
I took this picture in London, April 1970
My first Tanya Tucker album was DREAMLOVERS (1980) where she is wearing a Glen Campbell T.shirt posing on the beach.


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APRIL 22
ROLAND WHITE IS 79 TODAY
The l egendary bluegrass madolin playerbackstage at The Station Inn, Nashville.


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APRIL 21
IGGY POP IS 70
I worked with him in '77 during the LUST FOR LIFE tour.
Tony Sales is on guitar, his brother Hunt Sales was on drums. I think this was in England, September 1977
Mouse-over for IGGY in Holland getting Iggyised in his dressing room.
The shows, the man and the road tours are memorable.


mouse-over
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APRIL 12
TINY TIM
Today would have been his 85th birthday.

I met Tiny Tim and his fiancee Miss Vicki on a TV show in 1968. They were adorable. He was a lovely sweet man.

We both had Jewish heritage and both Aries. We spent time between working, talking, laughing and drinking tea.
I think the show was MIKE AND BERNIE WINTERS (Thames TV).
I wish I had better pictures and maybe I do hidden in the agency files.

This adorable, crazy, unique American man only lived sixty four years, he died of a heart attack September 28th 1996.


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APRIL 9
MOONRISE
As the day ends, I am overwhelmed by the hundreds of greetings on Facebook, messages, texts and phone calls for my
my 66th birthday.
It was a gorgeous April Sunday here in Nashville. I will read every single one of your messages and posts.
Moonrise this evening was gorgeous over a Tennessee horse farm.
My days are often filled with pictures and my heart tonight is filled with gratitude to my friends near and far and always my family in England.
My constant companions are my cameras.

Thank you.


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APRIL 6
MERLE HAGGARD
Today would have been his 80th birthday.

This is my last Hag portrait, 8.26.14


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MARCH 29
BLUEBONNETS
Willow City, Texas


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The earliest Mother's Day celebrations trace back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honour of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.
During the 1600s, England celebrated a day called, Mothering Sunday, celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter),

which honoured the mothers of England.
MANY OF ENGLAND'S POOR WORKED AS SERVANTS FOR THE WEALTHY. As most jobs were situated far from their homes, the poor servants had to live with their employers. On Mothering Sunday, they were given the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the "Mothering Cake", was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

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MARCH 25
ELTON JOHN IS 70 TODAY
I took this picture on Elton's 21st birthday outside the Revolution Club, London -1968.


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MARCH 18
LONGHORN
Fredericksburg, Texas


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MARCH 10
PRIDE & JOY: THE TEXAS BLUES OF STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
The BULLOCK MUSEUM in Austin, Texas opens a new exhibit.
Two of my SRV photographs are on display.

JIMMY VAUGHAN playing it his way, after being interviewed about his brother and their music.


Me in front of my STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN 8ft square print at the PRIDE & JOY exhibit opening at the Bullock Museum, Austin, Texas / 7:27 pm
Photograph by Pooneh Ghana


PRIDE and JOY print available @ $150 / Credit cards now accepted.
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MARCH 10
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
The BULLOCK MUSEUM in Austin, Texas opens a new exhibit.
PRIDE & JOY: THE TEXAS BLUES OF STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN,
Two of my SRV photographs are on display.

These contact sheets from the In Step session, are not in the exhibit.


PRIDE and JOY print available @ $150 / Credit cards now accepted.
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MARCH 8
WE THE PEOPLE STAND UNITED
Calvert, Texas


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FEBRUARY 28
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my brother, MICHAEL.
This picture is from Kastav, Croatia, August 9th 2015.


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FEBRUARY 26
JOHN R CASH would have been 85 today.
John was a fun loving family man and always Johnny Cash.
This picture is from his Bon Aqua home in Tennessee - 1988


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FEBRUARY 25
RAGGED OLD FLAG
Johnny Cash Museum - 9:32 pm
WS HOLLAND gave an emotional performance, highlighted by the veteran who traveled from afar to hold the flag.
John Cash was a proud American. Emotions, family and friendships were honoured.
Tommy and Marcy Cash are in the background.
More pictures


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FEBRUARY 25
Me signing prints after my digital presentation and exhibit at The Johnny Cash Museum
For those who did not attend and are interested in buying prints, click here.


© Photograph by John Partipilo

8x10 "ink-art" prints for $60


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FEBRUARY 25
I am delighted to be presenting some of my Johnny Cash photographs at this fully booked event at The Johnny Cash Museum


© design by Alan Messer
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FEBRUARY 12
Snow Moon
The view from Nashville


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FEBRUARY 8
GOVERNMENT CHEESE
Music City Roots, Franklin, Tennessee
L-R: Tommy Womack, Skot, Viva, Joe "Elvis" King + Billy Mack Hill


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FEBRUARY 4
DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE


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FEBRUARY 4
CHRIS THILE
A Prairie Home Companion - The Ryman, Nashville


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JANUARY 28
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM ROONEY
Jim celebrating his 79th birthday rocking out with his ROONEY’S IRREGULARS at The Station Inn, Nashville - January 26th.

Special guests were the amazing Sam Bush and irresistible Shawn Camp.
The core band is: Dave Pomeroy - bass / Pat McInerney - drums / Richard Bailey - banjo / Bill Kenner - mandolin/ Kirk Jelly Roll Johnson - harps/
Dan Dugmore - pedal steel / Pete Wasner - keyboards
+ celebrating friends in the audience, such as Garth Fundis and Katina Williams, who made a scrumptious cake for all to enjoy.


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JANUARY 27
Fife, Scotland - 1980's
I found this Polachrome photograph whilst editing.
Current news may appear slow, but behind the scenes, there are
album projects, exhibitions, print installations and more!


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JANUARY 17
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICK TAYLOR
I photographed Mick at
the Rolling Stones office in Maddox Street, London, when he joined the group, June 1969
Beyond the Stones he has notably played with: John Mayall, Jack Bruce and Bob Dylan.


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JANUARY 14
Texas Sunset


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JANUARY 11
Wolf Moon
Dripping Springs, Texas


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JANUARY 11
LLAMA
Dripping Springs, Texas


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JANUARY 10
ROD STEWART - 72 TODAY
Here's an old picture from 1974 (Tetsu - bass / Kenney Jones - Tartan drums)


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JANUARY 8
THE DEER
Dripping Springs, Texas


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JANUARY 8
Remembering DAVID BOWIE born this day, January 8th 1947.
This picture is from the Station To Station tour at the Spectrum Arena, Philadelphia, April 28th 1978.
Adrian Belew was on lead guitar.
The show was amazing and this picture was the front page of the Melody Maker.
It is the last verse of FAME, at the end of set one.


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JANUARY 6
Remembering PETER JONES born this day, January 6th 1930.
We all have mentors and influences, Peter Jones was my first picture editor in ’67, I was sixteen and Peter the editor of the Record Mirror, a weekly music magazine.
Beyond our personal talents, editors shape our artistic delivery, help hone the skills, are often demanding of the images or text required.
Peter Jones was such a man, an English gentleman, loved and respected by all who knew him and a cornerstone of my career.
This picture is from Peter’s 80th birthday party in Wanstead, London, Feb 23rd 2010.
He died, July 10th 2015.


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JANUARY 4


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JANUARY 2
Remembering LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS who died this day, January 2nd 2015. He was 94.
This photograph is from the George Jones Tribute show in Nashville, November 22nd 2013


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JANUARY 1
PARKER + CASH
Austin, Texas


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JANUARY 1
CENTRAL MACHINE WORKS
Austin, Texas


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JANUARY 1
May the waters of life bring happiness, resolution and success to all, with renewed hope and dreams,
and wash away the moments of hardship, loss and tragedy of this past year’s ebb and flow.
And may lost loved ones and friends remain in our hearts forever.


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