Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Les McCann @ Book Soup, this Saturday

Saturday, March 28, 5pm @ Book Soup (8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood):
"Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980"
Les McCann book signing and round-table discussion about the book featuring the man himself: Les McCann! 

Plus: the book's curators (Les' producer/manager) Alan Abrahams and (Listen Whitey author) Pat Thomas, with jazz journalist A. Scott Galloway (who wrote the book's intro), a slide-show display of photos from the book, AND musician/DJ Mocean Worker, aka Adam Dorn (son of the legendary Joel Dorn, who produced the 1972 album "Invitation to Openness" ), spinning Les' vast vinyl catalog.
The book is published by Fantagraphics Books Inc.
Throughout Les McCann’s incredible jazz career, he took hundreds of photos—at clubs, studios, and festivals around the world—and documented the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980. These photos include a young Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sammy Davis Jr., John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Richard Pryor, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, B.B. King, Errol Garner, Stanley Clarke, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, and others such as Muhammed Ali, Stokely Carmichael, Redd Foxx and Angie Dickinson (on the set of Police Woman), Jerry Lewis, Jack Lemmon, James Coburn (in the 60's and 70's) 

These photos are characterized by their intimacy, and the cross-section of names listed is merely the tip of the iceberg. The book features candid commentary by McCann himself and is curated by Pat Thomas (Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) and maverick music producer Alan Abrahams (Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal.)

It's going to be a book signing like never before with many of Les' musician/celebrity friends stopping through to wish the legend well. Wouldn't you like to be among them? Come meet "McCann The Man," have him sign your personal copy of his book and celebrate with a store full of friends and family directly across the street from where the classic Tower Records used to be.

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