Oh wow. It's mid-March. How did that happen? First, let me wish you all a happy 2014. Last year was a busy one here, and this one promises to be another good year. Let me get you caught up on all of the new details.
We're releasing a second edition of There Was A Time in June, with lots more interviews, photos, and a whole new design. My friend Greg Russell, with whom I've worked with since the Tangents Magazine days, is doing the design for this new edition, and it sure looks good. We'll be re-releasing the book with not one, but two big events in June. On June 12th at 6pm, I'll be giving a talk about the book at the Charlotte Museum Of History. I'll be talking about the music scene in Charlotte during the 1960s, and showing photos, and playing records from that era. My co-author Jake Berger and the Mannish Boys will then be playing a short set of the songs from that era. We'll then be returning to the Neighborhood Theatre on June 21st at 8pm for a big blowout extravaganza, with the Mannish Boys, Good Bad & The Ugly, Young Ages, and more. The Museum Of History event is free, and we'll be announcing more info soon about the Neighborhood Theatre.
In December, I re-released the Double Door Inn book for the venue's 40th anniversary. This new edition, released this time by Fort Canoga Press (as will both editions of There Was A Time) features a new chapter from yours truly, new pictures, and the first-ever publication of photos that were taken the night that Eric Clapton walked onstage. All of these books, including my North Carolina Musicians book, are available on Amazon.com, and stay tuned for more great releases from Fort Canoga Press in the coming year.
If you're in Shelby, NC anytime soon, I'll be appearing at Fireside Books on March 22nd at 2:30pm to talk about all of my books. Please come by and check out this great store, and say hello.
My thanks to everyone that emailed me about my photo in the Johnny Cash biography. Later this month, my friend Holly George-Warren will release A Man Called Destruction. This biography of Alex Chilton features one of my photos, and three of my interviews with members of the Big Star circle.
I have photos in the new CD from Wink Keziah, entitled Cowbilly. I also did the photos for Underhill Rose's Christmas CD, which you can still purchase. There's been lots of recent shoots, as of late. Photographing Chad & Jeremy in Long Island, NY. I took posed and live shots of the the legendary Sonics in Cleveland, Ohio last month, and you will hopefully see some of those photos soon. Recent shoots include posed and live pics with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, live pics of the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Dave Mason, Jonathan Wilson, Lake Street Dive, Cyndi Lauper, Shovels & Rope, ZZ Ward, and many more. I've also had several of my photos published in the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Magazine (which featured some early 1995-1996 pics from my archives), and several others. A personal highlight was watching Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops give Dom Flemons one of my pics as a going-away present. That was a complete surprise to me, and I'm honored to have been there to document their history.
Too many RIP's to speak of, as of late. Lou Reed, Pete Seeger, Missi Ivie, Tara Engstrom, John Studwell. I also recently learned that my best friend from childhood, David Pasquale, passed away in 1993. As I knew you once, so I will know you again. Safe travels to all, check out danielcoston.blogspot.com for more info and ramblings from me, and I will see you all again soon.
March 11, 2014