Ripple will host “LOCKN’ Presents Chasing the Light: The Rock and Roll Photograhy of Jay Blakesberg” at The Spot on Kirk on Wednesday, March 30th. Join us for a 75 minute Slide show/Storytelling presentation about Jay’s 35 year journey in rock and roll photography – from documenting the Grateful Dead to his latest book Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender.
Jay will be signing copies of his books immediately following the presentation. A limited selection of prints will be available for sale as well.
LOCKN’ staff will be in house and will be giving away to 2 FREE TICKETS to LOCKN’ Festival to one lucky attendee!!! There will also be a Second Prize of a LOCKN’ coffee table book!!! (One Free Entry to each Attendee) Try to get there early!!! There should be a huge turnout!!!
FREE Event!!!!!!!!!! Doors open at 7:00p. Event starts at 7:30p.
Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender (released October 1, 2015 on Rock Out Books) is the new fine art, hardcover coffee table photography book by famed rock and roll photographer Jay Blakesberg.
Featuring 445 images curated from Blakesberg’s 35+ year career, Hippie Chick celebrates the unique connection between the vibrant community of free-spirited women who are inspired by, and help to inspire, live music. Blakesberg’s visual anthropology beautifully captures the feminine festival and concert archetypes, and the individuals, who have graced the fields and performance halls of America since 1980. Earth mamas and fairy princesses, hula hoopers and whirling dervishes, front row regulars and flower crown makers; the entire tribe of dedicated, music-loving women – their fashion and their passion – is sensuously brought to life through Blakesberg’s artful lens.
Iconic rocker and pioneering hippie chick Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) provides the book’s foreword, offering a retrospective of women in the original hippie-era music scene. Slick writes, “We chose to manifest our dreams rather than follow a pre-set norm. We chose to fly rather than crawl. We chose to experiment rather than walk through someone else’s flat world.”
In the book’s afterword, modern-day hippie chick Grace Potter considers how women today carry on the legacy of this demographic. “We are not just the girls dancing in the front row at the concert. We are not just the wax figurine copies of our rebel ancestors,” Potter says. “We are the living, breathing manifestation of every path they blazed, every war they protested, every song they loved…” Potter, who was raised by artist parents in Vermont, fronts her own rock band that plays many of the recent festivals documented throughout Hippie Chick.
An introduction and three short essays – titled “Love,” “Devotion,” and “Surrender”, each written by freelance journalist Edith Johnson, anchor Hippie Chick’s 232 pages of photography. Johnson, who has documented her concert experiences through social media since 2012 as “Festival Girl”, left behind academia and a staid career in the art world to pursue her dream of documenting music full-time. During the preparation of Hippie Chick on the road, Johnson interviewed 81 different women from the live music scene. Their colorful anecdotes have been distilled into a series of quotes selected to accompany Blakesberg’s images, bringing further dimension to the book’s overarching theme of what it means to be a modern-day hippie chick.
“I have felt for a long time that what I was doing is visual anthropology,” explains Blakesberg. “I truly believe that this is a unique tribe whose story should be told. These women have blazed a powerful trail, from the early 1960s through today, and have forever changed the face of women in pop culture. I hope these photos and words illustrate the positive vibes that this scene continues to generate.”
In addition to the release of Hippie Chick, Blakesberg released Fare Thee Well: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead earlier this month. Blakesberg was the exclusive photographer for the band’s recent 50th Anniversary run of shows.
About Jay Blakesberg:
Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer and filmmaker who regularly contributes to Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix, and many other magazines. He has photographed countless musical artists, including the Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews, Phish, moe., Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Carlos Santana, to name just a handful. Blakesberg’s photography has been included in over 200 CD packages and in magazines worldwide. Hippie Chick is his tenth book featuring his music photography.