the category of "Music"
A self confessed pop-culture junkie, photographer Lyle Owerko has been on the forefront of youth culture from the moment he gazed into the album art of his first record purchase when he was 11 years old. A music fanatic and a collector of boombox’s since his teens he’s had a one constantly in his life either playing mix tapes, hooked up to a discman or even now simply connected to an iPod. Lyle has had many models of different shapes and sizes pass through his life, but his collection today is centered around 40 boombox’s that are vintage late 70s or early 80s and for the most part can be described as very very large (one of them is now in the permentant collection of the V&A Museum in London). As a well known documentary photographer he’s used them in many shoots and even brought one on tour in Japan with the Island/Def Jam artist American Hi-Fi. In a frenzy of tour finale angst, that radio was magnificently sacrificed in a ceremony of Rock God homage through the smashing of it’s sonic self on stage in Tokyo by Stacey Jones, the lead singer of the band. A Godzilla like hole was left in the stage, the Japanese fans screamed in approval and the papers printed pictures of the moment as a part of Japanese rock n’ roll history.
Publishing can be a pretty fun and cool business. Over the years, if one sticks around long enough, you get to meet exciting authors and artists, chefs and craftspeople, all sorts of personalities. But every once in a while you get the opportunity to do something that stands apart as extra special and memorable, a kind of event of a lifetime. Mary Wowk, Abrams Vice President Sales and Marketing, and I had such an opportunity. We were invited to attend the grand opening of the new George Harrison exhibition at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Merle Browne, executive assistant to our President and CEO Michael Jacobs, has pulled together an impressive list of some of her top picks for every kind of dad as Father’s Day approaches. Read on for some of her picks.
Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 19!)—are you ready? No matter what kind of guy your dad is (chef, sportsman, nature lover), we’ve got the perfect book for him on his special day. Here are five of my favorites…
Even though I’ve covered American Idol since season 1 – for no less than seven different entertainment news outlets including Us Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and now The Hollywood Reporter – I’ve never actually done the math and figured out how much time I’ve spent watching, thinking, writing, analyzing or criticizing the show. But I’d venture to guess that I long ago reached Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers benchmark of 10,000 hours. That’s the amount of time you need to devote to a subject or craft in order to be a true expert in that field. It’s the number of hours the Beatles put in while playing multiple sets daily in Hamburg during their formative early years and it no doubt covers the nine years I’ve spent pondering the likes of Simon, Paula, Randy, Ryan and the 100-plus contestants to take a stab at the Idol crown.