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"As the first staff photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1960s, he captured some of the most enduring faces of the era in their prime: Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Grateful Dead and Steve Miller, among others.

On Oct. 4, Wolman posted a grim message on social media saying that in 2019 he was diagnosed with ALS - the terminal motor-neuron illness better known as Lou Gehrig's disease - and was nearing the end of his life.

"Sad to say I'm now in the final sprint to the end," he wrote. "I go forward with a huge amount of gratitude for the many blessings bestowed upon me... with no regrets, and appreciation for how my photographs - my life's work - have been received."

He died at his home in Santa Fe, N.M., on Monday, Nov. 2, Dianne Duenzl, his representative, said in a statement. He was 83.
-Aidin Vaziri

Joni is opening her vault for the first time to create the Joni Mitchell Archives, a new series of boxed set releases that will span the next several years, featuring deep dives into unreleased content from different eras of her storied career. Joni has been intimately involved in producing the archive series, lending her vision and personal touch to every element of the project. The first set is being officially announced today, to be released October 30. Click the new STORE link above for special exclusive website offers.

Annie Ross of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross died today in New York City. She was 4 days shy of her 90th birthday. In a 1986 interview, Joni stated that "...friends of mine who were older than me and in college began talking about Lambert, Hendricks and Ross as the hottest new sound in jazz. Their record flipped me out, but it was already out of print. I had to finally buy it off somebody and pay a lot, maybe fifteen dollars, which was unheard of at that time. But you couldn't get the record anywhere. Lambert, Hendricks and Ross were my Beatles. In high school, theirs was the record I wore thin, the one I knew all the words to."

In 1952, Ross met Prestige Records owner Bob Weinstock, who asked her to write lyrics to a jazz solo in a similar way to King Pleasure, a practice that would later be known as vocalese. The next day, she presented him with the song "Twisted", a treatment of saxophonist Wardell Gray's 1949 composition of the same name- a song Joni later recorded on the Court and Spark album.

Superstars (including Joni) and rising stars band together to ask Congress to support independent music venues across the country in the quest to #SaveOurStages.

"Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again."

A new two-part documentary series titled Laurel Canyon, focusing on the fertile music scene that coalesced in the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name, where many famous artists resided and congregated starting in the late 1960s, will premiere on Epix on May 31 and June 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

The program will include music from such legendary artists as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Eagles, The Mamas & the Papas, Jackson Browne, The Monkees, The Turtles, Buffalo Springfield and more.

It also will feature rare and newly rediscovered film footage and audio, as well as new interviews with Browne, Don Henley, Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Roger McGuinn and others.

You can check out a teaser trailer for Laurel Canyon now at the Epix YouTube channel. The video includes a montage of archival film and photos of various famous musicians, along with commentary from The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Nash, David Crosby and more.

Dolenz notes that Laurel Canyon "was a very small community of musicians and long-haired weirdos," while Nash declares, "We were at the very center of this beautiful bubble of creativity and friendship."

Crosby, meanwhile, says, "When a chemistry happens between people musically, it's magic."

Laurel Canyon was directed by Alison Ellwood, whose credits include 2013's History of the Eagles and the new documentary The Go-Go's.

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Con Federico Gil Solá y Alito Spina

Varias generaciones de músicos han sido cautivados e influenciados por la originalidad y excelencia de Joni Mitchell como compositora, guitarrista, pianista y cantante.

Laura Ros, prestigiosa y premiada autora, cantante y guitarrista argentina, encontró en Joni la inspiración para embarcarse en este mundo de melodías simples e inmensamente complejas, de rebeldías creativas, del desorden de las afinaciones de las guitarras para lograr ese sonido que sólo Joni podía crear.

Acompañada en batería y percusión por Federico Gil Solá (Wire Train, Divididos) y en bajo por Alito Spina (Iván Noble, Palo Pandolfo & La Hermandad), Laura se dispone a transitar el repertorio de Joni sin perderse a ella misma en el intento; una combinación difícil de lograr y Laura lo consigue. Un enorme desafío para la voz y para la musicalidad de cualquier artista. Laura se dispone a transitar el repertorio de Joni, guitarra y voz.

Afinaciones y tonalidades originales, adaptaciones a guitarra de temas compuestos en piano y dulcimer, diferentes épocas, diferentes Jonis, incluyendo temas de Clouds, Ladies of the Canyon, Blue, Court and Spark, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, Wild Things Run Fast y Night Ride Home; todo esto reflejado en un show imperdible.

Nota sobre las afinaciones

Joni utilizó para componer más de 50 afinaciones de guitarra diferentes, muchas creadas por ella. Lo que implica, además de un ajuste de afinación entre canciones, un cambio completo de lógica en las posiciones de la mano que pulsa los acordes. Laura se propuso, nos sólo respetar las afinaciones originales sino adaptar a guitarra algunas canciones originalmente compuestas en piano o dulcimer, pensando la adaptación lejos del lugar tradicional, buscando una afinación alternativa que le diera al tema ese sonido que, en esta fantasía, Joni le hubiera dado de tocarlo en la guitarra. 21/5000 mas informacion aqui / More information here

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