HB John Bonham

Celebrating John Bonham's birthday. Rock on!!

JOHN BONHAM
5/31/48 - 9/25/80

The above photograph can hang on your wall...check out the editions HERE.

I am so grateful I got to see John Bonham play his Moby Dick solo in person. Some day I'll break out my 8mm footage of it. But until then, here it is live at the Royal Albert Hall... 


If you're a Zep fan my photographs of John Bonham and my story about Led Zeppelin are worth the cost of the book, and then you get to check out the other 47 musicians as well.

Harlem EatUp!

I spent four hours at the Harlem EatUp! today. I love food. This was my first time there. My invite was akin to a backstage pass which allowed me to be in the eat-as-much-as-you-want area. I thought it only fair that I take a few photos of what I ate. I will also tell you how many tastes I had which will reveal the ones I loved the most. Everything was good. Some just not my taste.

Out of the gate, I had lamb on some kind of delicious sauce with a scalloped potato, from Settepani. Yum! After tasting many dishes, I went back to this and they didn't have anything let. :(

Ethiopian cuisine from Zoma. I have no idea what I ate but it was tasty. Crispy shell and a stuffing that I think had a bean base. Lots of flavor.

From Row House Harlem, a delicious appetizer of heirloom tomatoes etc on French bread. Delicious. Couldn't find it on their menu but I bet all their food is yummy. Even those dabs of something on the side were great. Yes, I snuck back for seconds before I left.

I asked the blonde and the dude behind her on the right to step in for a few second. They said "NO!" because I don't have a Citibank account or credit card. I was already in the 'exclusive' part of this shindig but they were fine to discriminate based on where I bank. I thought that was a bass-ackwards way to do it. They already have all those clients...shouldn't they let me in and treat me so nice that I want to be a customer. Since they snubbed me and probably a bunch of other people, you won't see me doing business with them anytime soon.

This was made by Barilla. They don't even have a restaurant but this dish was delicious. I had three helpings of this dish. Oink!

Harlem Shake, not to be confused with Shake Shack. The dish depicted was something white and fluffy topped with deep-fried fish...like fish'n'chips. They also had a fried chicken slider. I had one of each. I like the fish best, the chicken would have been better for me if it was the breast. Their menu looks great...I don't see the fish on it but they have a lot of other meals that I could gobble up.

Spoonbread Too was offering up catfish and cornbread. That might have been my first taste of catfish, which I liked, and cornbread is one of my faves. They didn't disappoint. I would have gone back for more but they had a line. And I was getting full.

From the kitchen of Charles Gabriel's restaurant, Charles' Fried Pan Chicken, they were handing out fried chicken, collard greens, yams and, my favorite, mac and cheese. The crisp on the chicken was amazing, again, they were giving out small bits so it wasn't breast meat. I'll definitely go to the restaurant for a fried chicken breast when I have a craving. Here's the Yelp link.

The Harlem Chocolate Factory fed me a new addiction. They don't have a brick and mortar yet but you can get these...uh oh, their order page on the website is 'down for maintenance'. I don't see this particular yummiest thing that made me go back to the table and scarf at least three. There was the delicious crust cup with chocolate inside and awesome whipped cream with a tad of whiskey in it. These little devils were like eating the best chocolate pudding from my childhood memory with the bliss of whiskey for the grown up part of me. OMG...find them and eat them.

There were other stands that I didn't get to because as the time went on the lines got long...such as the Icelandic Fish place and a bunch inside of the tent which had hordes of people to get through...well, not that bad but I like space.

So, if you're not doing anything tomorrow, the Harlem EatUp! is still on. You can get tickets HERE. Get there early (12:30pm) and don't forget to take your appetite.  Eat! Eat! Eat!

Or else help support the local Harlem restaurants which is also a way to support the community!

One Week Left

One week left on my campaign for you to be a backer of the craziest project I've ever attempted.

I took this photograph in 1989. I plan to find the location and take this photograph again.

I took this photograph in 1989. I plan to find the location and take this photograph again.

CLICK HERE OR ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO LAND ON THE CAMPAIGN

What will you see and learn about the project when you land on the campaign page?

  • A video of me informing you about the project and how it came about
  • A video where you will learn about Lydia "Sam" Rawlings and why she is so important to the project.
  • You can read the well thought-out words I wrote about the project.
  • Photographs I have taken.
  • A listing of the reward levels, starting at $1. Every reward has a tangible value.
  • When you are a backer, you will have access to the 'backers only' updates.

I am planning a lot of interaction between myself and the backers. My goal is to build a community. If you choose to back my project, I want you to experience every facet of the adventure with me. If you prefer to be more of a bystander within the project, that's okay too.

If I don't meet or exceed my goal by May 18, I will not receive anything - it's all or nothing. If you haven't experienced Kickstarter, here's a screenshot of what it looks like.

 
 

CLICK HERE OR ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO LAND ON THE CAMPAIGN

And to get you in a Parisian state of mind...one of my favorite songs, by one of my favorite musicians who has influenced me ever since I started the Starart book, and especially on the creation of this project.

HB Tammy Wynette

Please join me in celebrating Tammy Wynette's birthday and her incredible voice.

 
 

TAMMY WYNETTE
5/5/42 - 4/6/98

Since George Jones was playing with Tammy at the concert I shot and they were already divorced, I thought it appropriate to have this video for her birthday.

 
 

Pick up a signed copy of my book HERE to see more photographs of Tammy and George, plus the 47 other musicians I honor in Everybody I Shot Is Dead

Limited and open edition prints are also available.