There’s a framed black-and-white picture of Joe Strummer staring down at me in my office, a candid shot taken by famed rock lensman Bob Gruen. Please don’t ask how much I spent for it, but I just had to have it, Viaa be damned. Downstairs there’s a portrait of Keith Richards done by bandmate Ron Wood. Same thing. And then I have an abstract print done by Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin hanging in the stairwell. I love this stuff.
This past Saturday I was at the Analogue Gallery (673 Queen Street West in Toronto) for a private screening of a soon-to-be-released documentary on the Yorkville scene of the 1960s (It’s very good; I learned a lot about an era with which I was woefully unfamiliar). The walls of the gallery are adorned with more high-end rock photography: Led Zeppelin, Oasis, The Who, Run-DMC, more Clash, Bowie, Grandmaster Flash.
This same gallery will be home to an exhibit by Patrick Harbron. He’s returning from NYC with some of his best work with the theme “Women in Rock.” All the shots but one were taken when Patrick lived in Toronto. The exhibit run from April 20 to June 14. Highly recommended. Go here for more information.