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SHEPARD DESIGNS COVER ART FOR LOOK AGAIN TO THE WIND: JOHNNY CASH’S BITTER TEARS REVISITED

Nation books author,  filmmaker (Let Fury Have the Hour) and author (Mayday) Antonino D’Ambrosio’s critically acclaimed book A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears inspired the new recording Sony Music Masterworks record Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited.  Executive produced and with liner notes by D’Ambrosio, the record is produced by Joe Henry and features Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, Norman and Nancy Blake, Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and The Milk Carton Kids,  D’Ambrosio has chronicled it all in a new documentary that unfolds as a meditative mystery called “We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited.”  Longtime collaborator, acclaimed artists Shepard Fairey did the book the cover art and the album cover art.

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VITA E MORTE CLOSES THIS SATURDAY @ SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS

This Saturday, August 23 is the last day to come by our gallery Subliminal Projects in Echo Park to see Vita E Morte by multimedia art collective Cross My Heart Hope To Die (CMHHTD).  The band put on an amazing first-ever performance on opening night and the work by CMHHTD challenges ideas of what music and art, delivery and discovery, actually mean. By bouncing between the physical and the online, between wide release and hidden secrets, between artist and band, the group hopes to bring wonder back into art and music. The purpose of the project is to create a cross platform between the sonic experience and the visual experience. How one intercepts each medium (sonic versus visual) will impact their perception of the project as a whole.  Be sure to check this show out!

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS
1331 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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The Art of Elyisum’s GENESIS

I’m a curator for The Art of Elyisum’s GENESIS September 5 at The Theater at The Ace Hotel and graffiti artist PUSH will be doing a live installation at 7pm. It’s not to be missed!  Get your tickets, support the arts. Tickets are available here.
- Shepard

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RIP Jay Adams

I was very sad to hear about the death of Z-Boy and skateboard legend Jay Adams. I did not know him well, but I met Jay a few times and he was always very quiet, but nice to me. His style and spontaneous aggression on a skateboard were incredibly inspiring. I was fortunate enough to work on the soundtrack package design for the documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys” with Glen E. Friedman, which led to me getting to know artist, photographer, and writer Craig Stecyk.
I was able make a print of Jay Adams in the early 2000’s based on a photo by Craig Stecyk. Craig, Jay, and I signed the prints, which was a huge honor for me. My friend Glen E. Friedman, who photographed Jay often and knew him very well, wrote a great tribute piece. Check it out. Skateboarding has lost a pioneer.
-Shepard

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ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

I accepted Joe Manganiello’s #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Please support the fight against ALS and donate by going to www.alsa.org and check out “Getting Up: The Tempt One Story” http://gettingup-thedoc.com/ while you’re at it. Adrian Grenier you’re next!
– Shepard

SOLD: HONEST GIL AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

I am supporting the Gil Fulbright campaign to help shine the light on the big lie that we’re constantly being fed…that deregulating and giving tax breaks and wasteful subsidies to cronies and special interests is good for everyday Americans. These powerful special interests finance campaigns and ads in the shadows.  I fully agree with the campaign’s stance that “America’s biggest problems are going unsolved because our government is overrun by Big Money special interests and lobbyists.”  The campaign rightfully assesses that, “the amount of money corrupting our political system is at an all time high, so we’re setting out to make ‘fixing the corruption’ the #1 issue in America.”

I have frequently talked about the many problems created by the current campaign finance structure.  Big Money donations distort their influence in politics and corrupt our democracy.  This is an issue not many Americans seem interested in, but it affects all Americans by insuring that Lobbyists and special interests are put before the interests of the average person.  Genuine democracy should guarantee that politicians create the greatest good for the greatest number of people, but that idea has eroded with the favors owed by politicians to special interests in exchange for their contributions.

Campaign finance reform is essential to restoring democracy.  Gil Fulbright’s “campaign” helps to illustrate why current campaign finance has compromised and corrupted quality lawmaking and governing but in a very fun, digestible way that I can only hope will resonate with the greater public.  Please help contribute and raise awareness to this extremely pressing issue that we all face.
Read more about Represent.us in the Washington Post today
-Shepard
More information can be found here .  The campaign ends on 8/12 but there will be more ways to contribute to Gil’s race soon.

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MURAL UPDATE FROM PHILADELPHIA

Here’s a glimpse into the next stop in the eight city mural tour!  The crew started in Los Angeles, then it was Chicago, and now they are in Philadelphia working on the latest piece.  Check out some images of the mural in progress.  More photos and information will be coming next week!  Also, thanks to Adam Wallacavage for the photographs and thanks to Philadelphia Mural Arts for helping make this happen.

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ART ALLIANCE: THE PROVOCATEURS RECAP // THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!

For all of you who missed all the action in Chicago this week… the Art Alliance Provocateurs show with its 200 plus pieces of fine art by 43 artists, the print sets, the music programming, and murals, or that other small deal… Lollapalooza… I am jealous of you because you got more sleep than I did. On the other hand, you didn’t do a 45 foot mural, DJ before Z-Trip, Nas, or Deltron 3030, or hang with a ton of cool artists and art fans like I did! Not to gloat, but I also got to see Interpol, Lorde, Eminem, and Z-Trip at Lollapalooza! Now that I have my hip-hop boasting out of the way, I can return to my normal, humble self and give thanks and praise where it’s due. Of course, I’m grateful to all of the artists who put such great work in the show, and to Pose, RETNA, Cleon Peterson, and WK Interact for doing murals in Chicago. The Provocateurs was very ambitious and would not have been possible without the very hard work and partnership of many people. My co-producers and staff worked tirelessly to make sure everything came together. Thank you to C3 and Lollapalooza, Lorrie Boula, Dan Flores, Nic Bowers, Rob Zagula, Beth Phares, Raihan Anwar, Amanda Fairey, Angela Chvarak, Mark Kelley, Block 37, Shelley Phillips, Jaclyn Mayer, John Liipfert, Columbia College, Hennessy, and all of our patrons and supporters. If you were there, thanks! If you missed it, check it out next year!  -Shepard

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DENNIS MORRIS / THE BOLLOCKS, A PHOTO EXHIBIT OF THE SEX PISTOLS OPENS SATURDAY!

DENNIS MORRIS / THE BOLLOCKS
A PHOTO EXHIBIT OF THE SEX PISTOLS
Opening reception: August 9, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: August 9 – April 23, 2014
Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
knowngallery.com

The Bollocks:

The 70s was a dismal period in England: high unemployment, unions out of control, the economy on a massive decline, England had lost its way.
Punk came. We wanted to change everything, we wanted a piece of the pie, we wanted our own heroes. The Sex Pistols filled this role, four faces of the New British Youth, brash and ready. Ready to take no prisoners, ready to kick down the door of Establishment, ready to fulfill the dream.
From the first time I met them, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, I knew they meant it! 77 was the year, one long, short, chaotic, mad, amazing roller coaster year.
The hysteria, the hatred, the backlash from the media and the Establishment came because the band, these four individuals, had the nerve to challenge the very things British society has built as standard.
They mocked the Royal Family (“God Save the Queen”), they mocked the Establishment order of fun (“Holidays in the Sun”). The youths identified, the youths wanted to destroy, to destroy and rebuild.
The Sex Pistols sparked the largest musical rock revolution in history and started the punk movement.
Their extreme music sense, fashion style and their punk spirit still today influence society and artists from a broad range of fields including music, fashion, film, art …

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LINDA RAMONE PRESENTS JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE AND 10th ANNIVERSARY

The Ramones are one of my all-time favorite bands and I always enjoy going to the annual Johnny Ramone tribute that his wife Linda throws at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. There are a bunch of cool people hosting including Rob Zombie, so if you are a Ramones or Rob Zombie fan you should definitely check it out!

-Shepard

Rob Zombie hosts the 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery August 24. Evening will feature Johnny’s favorite things: A screening of The Devil’s Rejects with an autograph signing with the cast, an all-star band playing Ramones songs, & more. Tickets and details.

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