December 5, 2008

Yipee Rosalie!

Mickey is in good company. Our very good friend Rosalie Sorrels has also been nominated this year for a Grammy. Rosalie's Strangers in Another Country (on Red House Records) is up for Best Traditional Folk Album! It's Rosalie's special tribute to Utah Philips. (see:
Special Collections holds the Rosalie Sorrels Papers documenting her life as songwriter, musician, performer, and peace activist.

December 4, 2008

Grammy good news

First, congratulations to Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo. Their Global Drum Project (on Shout Factory) has just been nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album!

This week also marks the opening of the long awaited Grammy Museum. It's located on Olympic Blvd & Figueroa in Downtown LIVE L.A. And like the town and the industry, it's really big: 30,000 SF with four floors of exhibit space for displays of artifacts, instruments, photos, room for film screenings, and lots of interactive exhibits. There is the promise that exhibits will capture the "legacy of recorded music and reveal the many ways in which it intertwines with social and cultural history." See for lots more.

Traveling on a High Frequency

"The Grateful Dead is where it all started for me," says Jay Blakesberg about his launch as a rock photographer. His new book Traveling On A High Frequency: Jay Blakesberg Photographs 1978-2008 is a retrospective look at performers and performances, lavishly illustrated with works from his photographic archive. It's just out from Rock Out Books. Blakesberg, a San Francisco based artist is also known for his Between the Dark and Light: The Grateful Dead Photography of Jay Blakesberg (Backbeat Books, 2004.)