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Kurt Cobain: The Last Session captures the iconic artist at a critical moment in his life and career in new, photographic,
cultural time capsule book
Acclaimed photographer Jesse Frohman has announced a PledgeMusic campaign for his upcoming book. KURT COBAIN: The Last Session
(Thames & Hudson, November 1, 2014) is an experiential book that
combines over a hundred of Frohman's photographs-many of which helped
define Cobain's legacy-with revealing commentary and insights from two
of pop culture's finest literary iconoclasts, writers Jon Savage (England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock)
and Glenn O'Brien (author of books on style and contributor to
monographs on Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and other artists).
Frohman chose to partner
with PledgeMusic with a pre-order campaign so Nirvana fans can have
unique access to the making of the book. Fans can receive exclusive
items and experiences such as a limited edition litho print, an actual
contact sheet from the famed shoot, a rare 20×24" Silver Gelatin Print
made near to the date of the shoot, all the way up to a private photo
shoot with the legendary Frohman. To pledge support please visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jessefrohman
had the privilege to see these photographs up close we are so glad that
Jesse has taken the artist-to-fan route with an interactive pre-order
for this iconic and historic book," said Benji Rogers, President and
founder of PledgeMusic.
1993, Nirvana was the biggest band in the country, and Kurt Cobain was
subject to an unprecedented, unasked-for level of fame and public
scrutiny. In New York City to play the Roseland Ballroom and promote
their new album In Utero, Nirvana consented to be photographed
by Jesse Frohman-and Cobain gave a candid interview to punk historian
Jon Savage-for an article in the London Observer. No one involved could know that less than a year later, Cobain would be dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
one of the last photo shoots Nirvana ever did, and among the last
interviews Cobain ever gave. Here, twenty years after his death, they're
republished in full-including previously unpublished material-and bear
witness to a pivotal moment in the history of rock'n'roll. New
commentary from Frohman and Savage reveals what was going on behind the
scenes that day, and an essay by pop culture maven Glenn O'Brien
explores what Cobain and Nirvana meant to us then, and what their legacy
insightful portraiture transcends the nature of celebrity photography.
The pictures are as humanizing as they are glorifying. Cobain appears
as a goofily provocative rebel, with his vintage air force cap, Jackie
O. sunglasses, and leopard jacket, while revealing a more depressing
side of the life of a great artist dependent on drugs.
Within the pages of KURT COBAIN: The Last Session,
we see Cobain as he was just months before his death, by turns feral
and refined, alone and goofing around with his band-mates, engrossed in
his music, and always ambivalent about the spotlight. Savage's interview
reveals an optimistic side of Cobain seemingly at odds with his public
image, and particularly poignant as we look back on his life.
is the world's leading online, direct-to-fan music community, offering
artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience
whilst interacting with PledgeMusic's global community of music fans.
About the Author and Contributors
is a New York-based photographer who has photographed a wide array of
celebrities, including James Brown, Woody Allen, Diane Von Furstenberg,
Philip Johnson, John Updike, The Strokes, and Josh Brolin, among others.
His work has been featured in magazines as diverse as Vanity Fair,
Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, V Magazine, The New York Times Magazine,
Interview, Rolling Stone, and Spin. Frohman's body of work is highly
sought after, and has appeared in private collections, museum
collections (including the Museum of Modern Art and the National
Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC) and in exhibitions in New York,
Paris, Tokyo, and Moscow.
Jon Savage is a journalist and the author of England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture.
is a writer, editor and creative director. He has published books on
style and monographs of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and other
artists. He has written for a range of publications, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
Pub date: November 1, 2014 | ISBN: 9780500517642
$45.00 | Hardcover | 144 pp | 90 illustrations, 25 in color
IFP/CHICAGO PRESENTS "75 MINUTES WITH JOE SWANBERG" ON TUES., SEPTEMBER 23
Chicago Tribune columnist Nina Metz hosts latest edition of popular conversation series
Chicago-based filmmaker Joe Swanberg is spending some time with
IFP/Chicago and you're invited. On Tuesday, September 23, IFP/Chicago
presents "75 Minutes with Joe Swanberg" at the Claudia Cassidy Theater
in the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL,
60602). Doors open at 6:30PM, with the event beginning at 7:00PM. The
event is free and open to the public. RSVP at http://www.ifpchicago.org/event/2014/9/23/ifpchicago-presents-75-minutes-with-joe-swanberg
columnist Nina Metz hosts the latest edition of IFP/Chicago's acclaimed
series of conversations with the well-known and emerging directors,
screenwriters and technical experts of independent cinema. Previous
editions of "75 Minutes With ..." have featured such filmmakers as John
McNaughton, Neil LaBute, Rose Troche, Harold Ramis, Dylan Baker and Joe
produces, directs, writes, edits, shoots and occasionally acts in film
and television. His latest film, "Happy Christmas," premiered at the
2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released on July 25, 2014 by
Magnolia Pictures. His acclaimed 2013 feature "Drinking Buddies" debuted
at SXSW. Both films were shot in and around Chicago, his home base.
Nina Metz writes
about TV, film and theater and has a Friday column called "Chicago
Close-Up." Before joining the Tribune, she was a freelance writer for
several years, as well as a news radio producer in both Chicago and New
"Joe has created some
of the most entertaining, smart and heart-felt films in recent years.
He has a great career and still lives and works in Chicago," says Carrie
Holt de Lama, president of IFP/Chicago. "We're very excited that Joe is
able to join us on September 23, and we're looking forward to hearing
his stories about his work."
is a non-profit organization committed to the idea that independent
film is an important art form and a powerful voice in society. We
provide resources, information and avenues of communication for
independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film
enthusiasts. We encourage quality and diversity in independent
production and assist filmmakers at all levels of experience in
realizing their unique vision. Our events include screenings,
workshops, the "75 Minutes With ..." conversations and the IFP/Chicago
Filmmakers Conference. In addition, IFP/Chicago proudly sponsors the
Chicago Underground Film Festival (www.cuff.org) which just celebrated its 21st year.
IFP/Chicago | P.O. Box 607246 | Chicago | IL | 60660
MUSIC BIZ UNVEILS UPDATED MUSIC METADATA STYLE GUIDE
taking the lead in the important conversation surrounding music
metadata, Music Biz has introduced version 2.0 of its touchstone Music
Metadata Style Guide, which provides a set of common naming conventions
and data entry standards for companies to use when listing, ingesting,
and managing digital music. By following these standards, artists,
labels, and digital services can ensure that customers will be able to
easily find, stream, share, and buy the tracks or albums they want.
by Music Biz’s Digital Supply Chain and Operations Work Group, the
updated document furthers the mission of the original, adding
significant changes to standards for artists, albums, and tracks;
providing more robust direction on DDEX standards; and adding Japanese,
Chinese, Korean, and Thai to the languages section.
have consistently said that the Music Metadata Style Guide is a living
document, and with technology moving forward at an incredible pace, it’s
important that we continuously update our baseline standards to account
for these advances,” said Robby Towns, Director of Digital Strategy and
Community for the Music Business Association. “It’s our hope that the
industry will look to this document whenever they have a question about
how to list a particular artist, album, track, or any other digital
audio file. Without consistent, high-quality data, innovation in the
digital music space will suffer, and we must help ensure that doesn’t
Brand new special presentation of PBS Arts Fall Festival features the
collaboration between the two generation-spanning musical artists celebrating jazz music
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!
-- featuring an evening of classic jazz standards in both vocal duets and solo performances -- will air
on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances,
Friday, October 24 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. (Check local listings
at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 28, each
song was handpicked by the artists, and features classic selections from
the Great American Songbook. At press time, the song roster is
to include “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),”
“Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life,” “Anything Goes,” and the title track
from their forthcoming album, “Cheek To Cheek.”
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!
was filmed in front of a live
audience of invited guests, many of whom were students involved in arts
programs in NYC public schools.
The new special will air as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival 2014.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! is supported by LG Electronics USA, the official sponsor.
With set and lighting design by Robert Wilson,
the stars are joined by a 39-piece orchestra conducted by Jorge
Calandrelli, soloists Chris Botti on trumpet and David Mann on tenor
musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s
quartet, Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood, and
Lady Gaga’s quintet, including Brian Newman, Paul Francis, Steven
Kortyka, Michael Scott
Ritchie, and Alex Smith.
Award-winning director Robert
Wilson’s signature works include King of Spain, Deafman Glance, The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin, and A Letter for Queen Victoria. With Philip Glass, he created
Einstein on the Beach. Following Einstein, Wilson worked with major European theaters and opera houses, creating
Death, Destruction & Detroit and Death, Destruction & Detroit II; and the groundbreaking musical works The Black Rider and Alice. His work in the operatic repertoire includes major productions of Parsifal,
The Magic Flute, Madame Butterfly, and Lohengrin. Extensive retrospectives have been presented in Paris, Boston, Amsterdam, London, New York, Bilbao, and Seattle.
To Cheek,” the collaborative jazz album from Lady Gaga and Tony
Bennett, will be released on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records on
Tuesday, September 23. The debut song from the album, Cole Porter’s
was recently released on iTunes and hit #1 on Billboard’s Digital Jazz
Bennett and Lady Gaga first met backstage in 2011 after the two
performed at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City and Bennett
asked Lady Gaga to sing a duet with him on his
Duets II album that he was
beginning to record. “The Lady is A Tramp” was the result of that
endeavor and conversations began about collaborating on a
Bennett and Gaga surprised the student body at Frank Sinatra School of
the Arts, a New York City public arts high school founded by Tony
Bennett, when they spoke and performed for the school on the last day
of classes in June. Lady Gaga surprised the Montreal Jazz Festival
audience by joining Bennett on stage when he was performing at the famed
jazz festival in July.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!
is produced by THIRTEEN
Productions LLC for WNET. With set design and lighting by Robert
Wilson. Directed by David Horn. Mitch Owgang is producer; Phil Hack is
line producer. For
Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.
is funded by the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, the Irene Diamond Fund, the
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The LuEsther T. Mertz
Charitable Trust, Rosalind
P. Walter, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Starr Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation,
Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.
As New York’s flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN
WLIW21 and operator of
NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and
presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature,
PBS NewsHour Weekend,
Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online.
Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as
Get the Math,
Oh Noah! and
Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights
the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS
2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival is an 11-week series hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth. This year’s Festival includes:
Live From Lincoln Center
’s 40th anniversary season featuring “‘Sweeney
Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’
In Concert With the New York Philharmonic” starring Bryn Terfel and
Emma Thompson, and “The Nance” starring Nathan Lane; “Austin
City Limits Celebrates 40 Years”; “The Gershwins’® Porgy And Besssm From San Francisco Opera; Great
Performances “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To CheekLIVE!”
and “Cats”; “Michael Feinstein at The Rainbow Room,” celebrating the
reopening of the historic
restaurant and nightclub; “Hitmakers,” an up-close look at the music
industry’s resilience in the digital age; “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming
Home,” featuring the star performing in her hometown of Broken Arrow,
Oklahoma; and “A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen (w.t.)”, with
music’s biggest names performing Springsteen’s biggest hits. The PBS
underscores PBS’ commitment to America’s best performing arts and gives millions of viewers a front-row seat and a backstage pass to great cultural programs. For more, please visit
Announces The Perfect Selfie Creator – Monopod & Shutter Remote
Bundle for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Action Photos
ISTABILIZER ANNOUNCES THE PERFECT SELFIE CREATOR –
MONOPOD & SHUTTER REMOTE BUNDLE Patent-Pending Lightweight 1 Foot Monopod Extends Over 3 Feet with Bluetooth Shutter Remote to Take Selfie Photos & Videos without Reaching
No More Unflattering Selfies, No Extreme Close-ups, Cut off Heads, Facial Distortions, & Awkward Positions – Fit Everyone in for Group Shots Never Leave Yourself out of the Photo!
Holiday Gift for Selfie-Possessed Teens & Adults for Instagram,
Twitter & Facebook Photos -- Works with Smartphones, GoPro, POV
iPod touch, Digital Cameras & Camcorders
the leader in universal lightweight compact tripods, steady cams,
dollies, mounts, and remotes for smartphones, tablets, and digital and
action cameras, announced today the iStabilizer Monopod and Shutter Remote Bundle -- the perfect selfie creator. The patent-pending iStabilizer Monopod and Bluetooth Shutter Remote captures photo and video selfies and group shots that fit everyone inwithout cutting off heads, extreme close-ups, facial distortions/warping, awkward positionsor missing photographer -- never leave yourself out of a family photo again! Priced at only $59.95 (20% off as compared to buying each product separately at $74.90), the iStabilizer Monopodand
Shutter Remote Bundle makes a great holiday gift for selfie-possessed
teens and adults and creates the easiest, most flattering Instagram,
Facebook, and Twitter selfies you’ve ever taken.
Lightweight Monopod Collapses to 1 Foot for Portability -- Extends Over 3 Feet for Easy Reach & Unique Angles
The Monopod works with virtually all smartphones, Point-of-View (POV) action cameras, and other digital cameras and camcorders, including the GoPro, Countour, Drift, light camcorders, iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys, and iPods. At only about 1 foot when collapsed weighing ½ lb. for easy portability when traveling, outdoors, and at events, the Monopod extends to over 3 feet for amazing selfies and unique angles, such as feet-level video, overhead, around corners and more. The included adjustable universal iStabilizer Mount™http://www.istabilizer.com/products/istabilizer-mount can also be used on any tripod with a standard ¼ x 20” camera.
Bluetooth Shutter Remote
The iStabilizer Shutter Remote completes the bundle as
the ultimate companion for the Monopod. The remote lets you snap steady
photos and videos up to 35 feet away through Bluetooth 3.0 without
reaching for the shutter. It also can pause or play movies, activate Siri, start GPS navigation, change songs and adjust music volume.
Tiny at only 1.38” x 3.56” x 0.38” and weighing 1 oz, the Shutter
Remote works with the device’s included camera app or with any other app
that uses the volume button to trigger the shutter. Compatible with
all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (Android coming soon), the Shutter Remote also works with all other Bluetooth Apple products (Macbook, iMac, Mac Mini).
iStabilizer Monopod and Shutter Remote Bundle Features:
Creates perfect photo and video selfies without cutting people off.
More flattering selfies: no distortion or extreme close-ups.
Creates action shots with unique angles.
Perfect for mobile journalism and travel photography.
Makes great Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook self-portraits.
is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Blackberry, GoPro and
most digital cameras. Shutter Remote is compatible with most Bluetooth
devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and all other Bluetooth Apple
products (Macbook, iMac, Mac Mini) – Android coming soon.
Compact and light-weight, Monopod collapses to 1 foot and weighs just ½ lb.
Monopod extends over 3 feet for extreme high and low angles.
Remote controls shutter without reaching for steady photos.
Remote controls music, videos, and other media.
Remote activates Siri for hands-free driving for calls, music, navigation, and more.
Remote controls slideshows using Keynote on Bluetooth-enabled Mac computers (does not work with Keynote on iOS).
Included universal mount works with any device case.
Mount also attaches to standard tripods equipped with a ¼ x 20” camera mount.
Selfies Taken from a Distance Can Make You Look More Attractive & Trustworthy
In addition to taking great selfies, the iStabilizer Bundle can help you
take photos further away from your face, which can make you look more
attractive, trustworthy and intelligent. According to researchers at
the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), close-up photo
subjects taken too closely are judged to look less trustworthy, less
competent, and less attractive. “Until now, one factor has never been
investigated: the distance between the photographer and the subject.
According to a new study, this turns out to make a difference.” See
Science Daily article at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120926153030.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29
“The iStabilizer Monopod and Shutter Remote Bundle is a great tool for
the amateur or professional photographer using their smartphone for
video and photo selfies. No more close up, in your face, half-head
missing self-portraits. The bundle provides the reach to get to that
perfect angle to capture the moment in its entirety,” said Noah Rasheta,
Founder & CEO, iStabilizer.
The leader in universal lightweight compact tripods, steady cams,
dollies, mounts, and shutter remotes for smartphones, tablets, and
digital cameras, iStabilizer helps amateurs and professionals alike turn
ordinary camera work into extraordinary works of art. iStabilizer
creates professional, high quality photos, videos, and selfies. Based
in Park City, Utah, iStabilizer’s products include professional quality
lightweight and compact tripods, dollies, steady cams mounts, and
shutter remotes at consumer prices. iStabilizer’s team of highly
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