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2008 has seen too many leave this earth too soon,
some whose candles burned bright to the end, some who had no choice.
Politically we witnessed a turning point, the bridge to the future and some answers to the protest songs of old.
As we stand at the crossroad with huge challenges in front of us,
I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR, FULL OF HOPE, LOVE AND PEACE.
Please scroll down for more archived 2008 news


JOHNNY CASH American Legend
The eagerly-anticipated book of my Johnny CASH photographs, to be published by, Genesis.
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Genesis Publications
are the leading publishers of fabulous "bespoke" limited edition (signed and numbered) collector books


(this image is a promotional, not the book)

JOHNNY CASH American Legend, will be limited to 2,000 copies, worldwide.
For publishing information, p
lease click here
Currently, we are editing the many photographs and contributors, such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Cash family, who are adding their memories.
David Carson, the "world's most distinctive designer", is to design the book.
Watch this space and Genesis-publications.com for updated info
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click for
Genesis LATEST NEWS

EARTHA KITT 1927 - 2008

© REX Features [Dezo Hoffmann Collection
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Eartha Kitt was born on a cotton plantation in South Carolina and rose to being
a distinguished and charismatic performer, with her unique slinky feline personality.
I photographed Eartha Kitt twice during the 1970s
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ODETTA 1930 - 2008
Another slice of American history has passed.
Odetta was unique with a raw self-determination that reverberated through her soul, her music and her striking personality.
I had the honour of working with Odetta during the Nanci Griffith "Other Voices" sessions.
A Civil Rights activist, Odetta sang Spirituals of the past and of hope for the future.

December 8

It was 28 years ago today
War is not over
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Peace


5 Years ago the world lost a great fisherman, songwriter and the Man In Black

CASH and FLOWERS

photographs by Alan Messer
exhibition: September - October 2008

 
Johnny Cash Flower Pickin’ Festival: October 18
Johnny loved to pick flowers. I love to pick them too and photograph them.
Redemption comes in many forms.


Rosanne Cash, wearing Starkville police chief's hat, pardons the festival crowd!

My CASH audio-visual show at the State Theatre was well received by a great audience.


October 17th


© 2008 photograph by Megan Bean - MSU
MUSIC FLASHES — Professional photographer Alan Messer, who has made a career capturing images of professional musicians,
discussed his work on Friday with Mississippi State University art students, before this weekend's Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival in Starkville.


CD/DVD PACKAGES


Rodney Crowell SEX & GASOLINE (photography)
watch the SEX and GASOLINE video on YouTube
directed and videographed by Alan Messer

>> more Rodney Crowell pictures <<
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JOHNNY CASH | Cash For Kenya-Live in Johnstown, PA
photography
client: Mercury/UMG
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JOHNNY CASH |THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
photography
client: Mercury/UMG

 


August 17th


Retro 40 a retrospective of my work + Johnny Cash pictures was well received at the Kastav Blues Festival, Croatia
shown to a large crowd in the city square.
My brother, Michael Messer also performed at the festival.

Also on the show: Hal, Bernie Marsden, Michael Roach and Johnny Mars.

 


Sunday, JULY 20


The Nashville countryside is so beautiful at this time of year.
Hopefully it wont get urbanised. We must sustain our environment and support the farms.
Take action if you really care.


JULY

My photograph of Willie Nelson is included in the latest edition of Cowboys & Indians magazine


JUNE 2

BO DIDDLEY, 1928 - 2008

Exit In - Nashville, Tennessee © 1987
Bo Diddley was an American original, who created his own guitar style.

A founding father of rock 'n' roll, who has influenced many great musicians

with his unique syncopated beat.


MAY 30


Tony Joe White
"swamping out" the Frist Center, Nashville
This man has more art in his snakeskin boot than the conservative museum.


MAY 28th

Today is my 30th anniversary of living in Nashville.
I left England on my father's birthday.


He would have been 90 today.


MAY 10th



Tomas Young, war victim
attending a showing of the powerful anti-Iraq war documentary by Ellen Spiro BODY OF WAR at Belcourt Theatre, Nashville.
For more information about the film, the music or to TAKE ACTION, go to www.bodyof war.com


APRIL 10th

JESSEFEST AT ANTONE'S AUSTIN TEXAS
On April 10th, 2008, some of Texas' greatest stars gathered at Antones
to honor the late Jesse 'Guitar' Taylor with an evening of very special performances.

Austin Mayor Will Wynn declared April 10th to be 'Jesse "Guitar" Taylor Day!'

Celebrating with song:
JOE ELY, JIMMIE DALE GILMORE, BUTCH HANCOCK, TERRY ALLEN, THE TEXANA DAMES, TOMMY SHANNON & CHRIS LAYTON (Double Trouble), RECKLESS KELLY, DAVID HOLT, FROSTY SMITH, JOHN X. REED, PONTY BONE, DAVIS MCLARTY, JIMMY PETTIT, GLEN FUKANAGA, RICHARD BOWDEN, WILL SEXTON, ROBBIE GERSOE, LARRY LANGE + SURPRISE GUESTS.

A suggested donation of $20.00 goes directly to the newly created 'Jesse Taylor Fund,' which is targeted for helping musicians and their families,
the Health Alliance For Austin Musicians (H.A.A.M.), and hepatitis-c victims.

more info
My brother Michael Messer has posted this wonderful link on his website.


APRIL 4th


The Oak Ridge Boys with Shooter Jennings
City Hall, Nashville 4.4.08.


March, 2008

I am working with Rodney Crowell on photography for his excellent new CD: Sex and Gasoline
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My photograph is included in the new Willie Nelson

One Hell Of a Ride (4-CD Box Set)

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my photograph is included on a new

Waylon Jennings Playlist DVD


February 28, 2008

Sound and Vision 2008
Abbey Road Studios, London

This print sold at auction on behalf of Cancer Research UK
Sound & Vision 2008 raised £165,000 ($320,000 approx)

Together we will beat cancer
GET INVOLVED!

Abbey Road Studios was filled with 50 pieces of rock memorabilia including original artwork, classic album covers
and iconic limited-edition photography for guests to view and bid on.
This donation is in honour of those whom I know who have recently succumbed and hopefully help cure those who have or will have cancer.


February 23

JOHNNY CASH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

I previewed some of my photographs of Johnny Cash in a Keynote presentation on Saturday,
at the Fender Center in Corona, California

Photograph by Mike Horan (www.maninblack.net)

for more information: www.JohnnyCash.com


February 8th
ALAN MESSER VISITS GENESIS

Nashville-based photographer, Alan Messer, has recently been in the UK to finish the photo-edit of his forthcoming limited edition book on Johnny Cash.
Published by Genesis Publications in collaboration with the estate of Johnny Cash, the book will feature a mixture of iconic portraits and previously unseen photographs of The Man in Black, taken between 1977 and his death in 2003. Many of the images are remarkably candid and feature Cash with his family and friends who will also be contributing their thoughts and memories of Cash and the photographs.
Sifting through Alan's remarkable archive has been a pleasure, but choosing which photographs to leave out has been almost painful at times. However, whatˆs not in doubt is that the final picture edit is a collection of quite incredible photographs.
The book, in typical Genesis style, will be printed on fine art papers and hand-bound in leather.
Strictly limited to 2,000 copies only.

Click here to read more and and to register your interest


© photograph by Nicholas Roylance

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