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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Morrison Hotel Gallery Celebrates Bruce Springsteen with "The River Collection" Photography Exhibit(New York)
Thirty-five years ago, Bruce Springsteen released his fifth studio album, The River. It's become one of his best-selling albums and one of his highest certified studio releases. The River is
a double vinyl album with a fascinating diametrical emotionality where
earnest and reflective tracks sit comfortably alongside playfully
invigorating cuts. The album represented a turning point for
Springsteen, the man and the artist. Currently, it's being commemorated
by a lavish box set and The River Tour 2016.
On January 22nd, Morrison Hotel Gallery in its Soho Loft located at
116 Prince Street will honor this seismic album with a time capsule
exhibit and sale, The River Collection. This
show will feature photographs by the select few privy to documenting
this landmark album, including lensmen luminaries such as David Gahr, Frank Stefanko, Jim Marchese, Joel Bernstein, Lynn Goldsmith and Neal Preston.
The collection will be open to the public from January 22st - February
11th. Preceding the official opening will be a private reception on
January 21st, sponsored by Macari Vineyards - a family owned and
operated winery featuring world-class wines from the North Fork of Long
Island. The exhibit will also open in March 2016 (date TBD) at the West
Hollywood gallery located in the Sunset Marquis Hotel.
"This exhibition is a tribute to a timeless body of work
from the extraordinary musical talent of Bruce Springsteen so
beautifully captured by David Gahr, Frank Stefanko, Jim Marchese, Joel
Bernstein, Lynn Goldsmith and Neal Preston. The staff of the Morrison
Hotel Galleries in New York and Los Angeles are proud to represent these
talented artists," says gallery co-founder and owner, Peter Blachley of
In 1985's biography, Springsteen by Robert Hilburn, the artist spoke of the transformative time surrounding The River
album saying: "I finally got to the place where I realized life had
paradoxes, a lot of them, and you've got to live with them."
The River Collection features
images handpicked by the Bruce Springsteen camp. These photographs will
also appear in the booklet that is being released with The River box
set, and the documentary film included in the box set package. Taken as a
whole, the collection gives an unprecedented and comprehensive look
into the recording, the period surrounding the release of the album, and
the career transformation in the aftermath of The River. This rare gathering of talents includes some of photography's finest and most defining practitioners.
David Gahr's images shaped the perception of
the music of the 60s and 70s for a growing popular audience, retaining a
dignified authenticity that appealed to a new generation of artists
rejecting commercialism. Gahr first shot Springsteen when he was a
fresh-faced 23 year-old. Neal Preston is respected for
earning a position behind the velvet rope, touring with superstars and
capturing the entire experience on film. Preston was one of the official
photographers for the "Live Aid" concert at London's Wembley Stadium
and the official tour photographer for the legendary "Conspiracy of
Hope" tour, a 5 week world trek with Springsteen and the E-Street Band,
Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Tracy Chapman.
The River Collection marks the first time Morrison Hotel Gallery has worked with photographer Jim Marchese.
Like most fans of fine art music photography, MHG has long admired
Marchese's images which are distinguished by their technicality and
unparalleled sense of art and design. Marchese's work appears on the
Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band release Live/1975-85.
Lynn Goldsmith's multi award-winning work
has appeared on and between the covers of magazines, books, and hundreds
of groundbreaking album covers. She has the rare distinction of
capturing precious intimate moments with Springsteen just before he
rocketed to super-stardom. Frank Stefanko might be the consummate Bruce Springsteen photographer. It's his Springsteen portrait featured on the cover of The River. Frank's photographs also appear on Bruce Springsteen's albums, Live 75/85, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Greatest Hits, Tracks, and The Essential Bruce Springsteen. Joel Bernstein's
images chronicle the inner lives and public moments of some of the most
important singer-songwriters, performers and musicians of our time.
Much of his Springsteen work reflects a tenderness and humility seldom
revealed by young rock stars.
The River is certified quintuple
platinum by the RIAA in the U.S., making it one of Springsteen's
best-selling albums and his highest certified studio release after Born In The U.S.A. and Born To Run. Rolling Stone
ranked it at number 253 on their list of the greatest albums of all
time. The album's uplifting and, at times, lighthearted tone was a
deliberate gesture in response to the solemnness of Darkness. The River
boasts "Hungry Heart" which became Springsteen's first single to crack
the U.S. pop singles, reaching number five. The album's box set was
released on December 4, 2015. It contains 52 tracks sprawled over 4 CDs
and10 records; 4 hours of never-before-seen videos on 3 DVDs or 2
Blu-Ray discs; and a 148-page coffee table book featuring 200 rare or
previously unseen photos and memorabilia including a new essay by Mikal
Gilmore. Beginning this January, Springsteen will embark on a nine-week
tour performing The River album in its entirety at each show.
About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
Morrison Hotel® Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former
record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry
professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry
Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined
the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset
Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood.
MHG is the world's leading brand in fine art music
photography representing over 100 of the world's finest music
photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography
encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations
through to today's contemporary music artists and now includes iconic
photographs in the world of sports as well. MHG has a robust online
presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer,
music artist, band or concert. www.morrisonhotelgallery.com
About Macari Vineyards
Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Long Island in
Mattituck, New York, is owned and operated by the Macari Family. Owners
Joseph Macari Sr., his wife, Katherine, and Joseph Macari Jr., who are
at the helm of the winery with his wife, Alexandra and their children,
founded the winery. The Macari family has owned the 500-acre waterfront
estate for over fifty years, though Macari Vineyards was not established
until 1995. Joseph Macari Jr. is considered to be a pioneer in the
movement towards natural farming on Long Island through his adoption of
biodynamic principals since the vineyard's first plantings. Extensive
soil preparation, a rich composting program, meticulous cover cropping
and a passionate respect for wildlife creates a distinctive place for
Macari's vines to thrive. In August 2014, Macari Vineyards was named
"Winery of the Year" at the NY Wine & Food Classic. www.macariwines.com