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Joe Perry to Receive Les Paul Award at 32nd annual TEC Awards at NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.

Photos © SUZANNE ALLISON WITKIN

Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry will receive the Les Paul Award at the 32nd annual  Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards at this year’s NAMM Show in Anaheim.

The annual award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and honors individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording. Perry will receive the award on Saturday night during the TEC Awards gala at the Hilton.

Perry is set to perform live before an audience of pro audio and sound production inventors, musicians and industry friends.

“Anytime my name is mentioned in the same sentence as Les Paul, it’s a huge honor,” says Perry. “Getting an award bearing his name is the icing on the cake.”

A co-founding member of a Aerosmith, whose music repertoire spans four decades, Perry’s versatile musicianship and influence has helped pave the way for a long list of accolades that reach beyond the band’s more than 150 million albums sold.

Joe Perry, recently wrapped a worldwide tour with The Hollywood Vampires - Photo © Suzanne Allison Witkin

Joe Perry, recently wrapped a worldwide tour with The Hollywood Vampires – Photo © Suzanne Allison Witkin

In the role of principal songwriter, lead guitarist, and as producer for multiple tracks featured on several notable Aerosmith albums, Perry’s talent has helped contribute to the super group’s four GRAMMY Awards,  — one of which includes Perry’s guitar-based instrumental “Boogie Man” —  among many others.  In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Aerosmith, and in 2013, Perry with his songwriting partner Steven Tyler were recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award and were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“Joe Perry was a friend of Les Paul and is undoubtedly one of the most innovative and talented musicians of our time,” said Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation. “His ability to push boundaries of the electric guitar with his signature sound and deft playing ability embodies the true spirit of what Les Paul and the award given in his name stands for.

The Les Paul Award has been presented at the NAMM TEC Awards to remarkably-distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry, including such luminaries as Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townsend, Slash and last year’s recipient, Don Was.

For more information go to the TEC Awards Page of the NAMM Foundation.

Rock N Roll Photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz Bring Their Remarkable Show to NYC

henry diltz

Henry Diltz

Iconic Images by Legendary Snappers Mark First Tour

By DONNA BALANCIA – NEW YORK – Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz may not look alike, but they both see life in a similar fashion from Behind The Lens.

The two photographers will be on hand to discuss their respective work as Behind The Lens, an exhibit of their photography work, hits New York City on Sept. 21.

“The (Behind The Lens) tour is so great,” Diltz said. “We’re very excited to be doing this type of tour, the first of it’s kind.”

Presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery, produced and directed by gallery co-owner and founder Peter Blachley and executive produced by gallery co-owners Rich Horowitz and Timothy White, Behind The Lens features a live presentation of still and moving images along with the stories told by each photographer.

Crosby, Stills and Nash - Photo © Henry Diltz

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Photo © Henry Diltz

“People think Pattie and I have known each other for a long time, but we only met when Morrison Hotel Gallery started to represent her photography,” Diltz said. “So, it hasn’t been that long, but she is a wonderful person and such a talented photographer.”

Morrison Hotel Gallery will also create a gallery exhibition and sale to travel with each show. GET TICKETS HERE

Diltz is considered one of the greatest music photographers of the last century with over 400,000 images in his archive and over 400 album covers to his name. He has created iconic images for artists including the Doors, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and James Taylor.

Pattie Boyd

Pattie Boyd

Boyd, known as “Queen of the Sixties,” and a well-known model, was the inspiration for the love songs ‘Something,” “Layla,” and “Wonderful Tonight.”  She is known for her photographs of George Harrison, The Beatles, Eric Clapton and others.

“Between the two of us, with all of our stories and the photographs, we have some great stuff to share with the audiences at each stop on the tour,” Diltz said.  “We hope this will be the first of many more Behind The Lens tours to come, with some of the other photographers the gallery works with.”

For New York City Behind The Lens ticket holders, a private reception will be held at the gallery in Soho the night after the show.

The show is presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery.  The gallery has several locations. For more information see Morrison Hotel Gallery. 

Photos from Stevie Nicks, Danny Clinch on Display at Art Basel

Still Moving by Danny Clinch - story produced by Donna Balancia

Danny Clinch has assembled a book of his works, Still Moving

MIAMI — The photographic works of music industry photographer Danny Clinch and rock icon Stevie Nicks will be on display Thursday through Friday at Dream South Beach during the 2014 Art Basel convention in Miami.

All images are for sale via Morrison Hotel Gallery‘s sales suite at Dream South Beach. 

On Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Clinch will sign copies of his new book, Still Moving, in the Dream South Beach lobby.  A private cocktail reception hosted by D’Angelico Guitars, Stillhouse Original Moonshine, Morrison Hotel Gallery, and Dream South Beach will follow on the hotel’s 1970’s-themed poolside rooftop.

Clinch’s band Tangiers Blues Band will perform with a special appearance by Robert Randolph, pedal steel guitarist and front man of the American funk and soul band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

Rational Animal, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness to help at-risk animals is the charity to benefit. A dedicated supporter of the charity, The Kills’ Alison Mosshart will DJ at the reception, which runs from 9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Clinch is a well-known photographer of the popular music scene, portraying a wide range of artists from Johnny Cash and Tupac Shakur, to Björk and Dave Matthews.

His images have appeared on hundreds of album covers, as well as in publications such as Vanity Fair, Spin, Rolling Stone, and the New Yorker.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery and Dream South Beach exhibit will showcase images from his book Still Moving (Harry N. Abrams).

Stevie Nicks’ self-portraits debuted at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York to coincide with the October release of her new album, 24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault.

A selection of this show comes to Miami for the first time for this Dream South Beach exhibit.

The never-before-seen self-portraits from Nicks’ personal Polaroid collection taken between 1975 and 1987 were curated with her long-time collaborator, music impresario, and co-creator of the Eurythmics, Dave Stewart.

These self-portraits show a fascinating and seldom seen facet of Nicks’ creativity – a photographic journey into the private world of the rock icon.
Morrison Hotel Gallery 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 has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert. MHG has four locations including: Prince Street in SoHo; the Dream Hotel in the Meatpacking District; the Mens Market at the Americana Manhasset on Long Island; and the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, the company is at the forefront of culture.