HB Klaus Voormann

When the huge outpouring for Prince took over the internet I thought it was a shame that how we feel about the musicians we love is massively put out there after the person dies. I think we should celebrate our icons while they're still here and can feel the love.

This is why I am celebrating the birthdays of musicians I've had the privilege to photograph, and in this case, also publish his artwork in Starart for the world to see.

Today Klaus Voormann turned 78. And it is my hope that he stays around for a long, long time. Check out the video below...it's perfect for today as he's recording and mucking around in the studio with his pal, P. McCartney.

 
 

KLAUS VOORMANN

From Klaus's A Sideman's Journey released in 2009, this video is like a birthday party. Enjoy...

 
 

Pick up your new copy of the trade edition of my first book, Starart.

 
 

Or better yet, the Limited Edition Starart book, signed by the artists.

 
 

And a print of his painting, Tushe, numbered and signed or a straight print.

 
 

Commander Cody

Today is the Commander's (aka George Frayne) birthday!

Not only is he an amazing musician...he is also an accomplished artist. He was the first artist who signed on to be in my first book, Starart. That was huge for me and my future.

Here's one of the photos I took of him for the book.

I first shot him in concert when he opened for the Grateful Dead in Vancouver. The list of bands he has toured with is a who's who of rock'n'roll. When I moved to LA I shot him at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood. The last performance I shot of his was a year ago on June 10 at The City Winery in NYC. Here's a photo from that gig.

 
 

It was an amazing show. Like a fine wine, Commander Cody continues to get better with age.

Here's a video from 1989...check out this line up on this stage...