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ole Inks Deals With Rory Feek, Joey Martin

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:26pm
ole completed a deal to bring past and future compositions by country singer/songwriter Rory Feek [...]
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Which Musicians Are Up For Logo TV’s NewNowNext Awards?

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:26pm
Logo TV -- the LGBT-centric cable channel -- has announced the nominees for its lucky seventh annual NewNowNext Awards, set to air Dec. 7.There’s no...
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Santana's 'Smooth' Began Its 12-Week No. 1 Run 15 Years Ago Today

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:26pm
Fifteen years ago today, Santana's Rob Thomas-featuring single "Smooth" crashed into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, a position it would...
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Billboard's New Hot 100 Online Look: More Informative, Interactive & Intuitive

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:26pm
Today, Billboard is excited to unveil the revamped online look for the Billboard Hot 100, the most-referenced music chart on the planet. With an...
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Beatport Scoops Up Social Sharing App Listn

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:26pm
Social music app Listn will shut down at the end of the month and be absorbed by SFX Entertainment's Beatport, the startup's founder and CEO...
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Still Shooting for LIFE

Joe McNally's Blog - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:32pm

Back in 1936, when Henry Luce bought LIFE magazine, and shaped it into America’s window on the world, one might have thought he had some sort of crystal ball. I mean, the magazine has had its share of ups and downs, once being shuttered for six years, then rebounding as a monthly from ’78 to 2000, then borne again for a brief period as a newspaper supplement. In between, it’s been special issues, yearly recaps, and now, quite successfully, a book publisher. I mean, the name fits. The estimable Mr. Luce was on to something. Ya just can’t kill it. Despite the gaps, and changes, various editors (with wildly disparate skills) and shifting business fortunes, it keeps putting out good stories, using ink on paper, and creating a real thing–a good book you can take home and put on the shelf. LIFE prevails. LIFE goes on.

I started shooting for LIFE in 1984, and became its last staff shooter in the mid 90′s. Photographically, it’s always been home for me. As a young shooter, meeting some of the truly preeminent, venerable members of its legendary staff–Carl Mydans, Gordon Parks, Alfred Eisentaedt, John Loengard, Gjon Mili–was formative and heart stopping, all at once. Sitting and listening to them–what they saw, what they shot–was like listening to the richest, most vibrant history book one could ever encounter. I learned so much. Not enough, but it was a start.

Over the last few years, the LIFE banner has been flown by Bob Sullivan, a truly wonderful editor and friend. He is about the closest thing to a Renaissance man I know. He has written books about sports, jazz, World War II, the Beatles, and the Popes. So, when he called and asked if I could go on the road for the new LIFE book, The Vietnam Wars, and catch up with folks whose lives were powerfully intersected by that turbulent time, I was onboard immediately. I shot the final chapter of the book, looking at representatives of those two Vietnams–the vets who fought, and the protesters who challenged the government.

I was able to work for a day with members of 1st Platoon, who fought and survived a deadly battle, called the Battle of Finger Lake. There is a powerful bond amongst these men still, and all of them, to this day, give enormous credit to Lt. Wilson, their platoon leader, for his steady leadership. As platoon member James Keene said, “He cared about his people. There’s no doubt his actions gave us a fighting chance to get out of there alive.”

It was a pleasure to go on the road with writer Daniel Levy, who wrote sympathetic, moving, and historically riveting accounts of both the vets and the protesters. It was LIFE, back in the day,  that really pioneered the use of the powerful tandem of a writer and a photographer, working together, as the essential field team of the journalistic process. Put a good writer and a good photographer in the field, observing and reporting back, and you get a good story.

The above spreads were shot in LA, and then I bounced to Washington DC to shoot groups of vets at the Vietnam Memorial. Because of the horizontal nature of the wall, I experimented with B&W film, panorama style. The rest of the take was shot on a Nikon D800E, or a D4.

One of the best outcomes of doing the story was contacting Julian Bond, a very significant figure at that time, and a leader who has always raised his voice on behalf of non-violence, voting rights, and fairness in governing. I admired him greatly, for many years, and, via this story, I was able to photograph him. I was genuinely in awe of the man. 

The section closed with a photo of a group of vets, all standing at attention, saluting. This is the tipping point for a photog on a job. I had done individual portraits of the various gentleman who had come down to the wall. See below.

But, I had one group shot left, and the guys were milling about, chatting, and pretty much needing to go. This is where you need an ally, who can assist you in pulling together an idea that, if you suggested it, as the outsider/photographer, might be reluctantly embraced. But, if you identify a go to guy amongst your subjects, they can help you.

Well, who better than a former Green Beret? I approached him and asked, “If I arranged all the guys, do you think you could get them to attention and salute?” His reply was emphatically affirmative:-)

This was all shot in four days in the field. My favorite pic remains the shadow on the wall. It was already bad light when I met Mr. Jordan. He mentioned his tradition was to come down to the wall at least once a year, and salute the name of his best friend, Gerald E. Niewenhous Jr. I saw the shadow and the name, and I shot it.

 Very proud to have done this story, and in a small way, still be part of LIFE. More tk….

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Must-Hear Music Podcast: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & More

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:26pm
It's a week of comebacks on the Must-Hear Music podcast. Gwen Stefani returns to her solo career with a nice but lackluster single, while Sleater-...
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Taylor Swift on 'Ellen': Her Biggest Fears and Adam Levine's Big Weakness

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:26pm
Taylor Swift is happy to perform in front of sold-out arenas, but don't put her close to a sea-urchin. The singer will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres...
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Iggy Azalea Brings Big Boasts On New Song 'Iggy SZN'

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:26pm
Iggy Azalea keeps the momentum going with the re-release of her debut, The New Classic, titled Re-Classified, to be released Nov. 24, will feature...
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Animal Collective’s Panda Bear 'Meets the Grim Reaper' on New Album, Shares New Songs

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:26pm
About time for a new Animal Collective-related project, isn’t it? The unpredictable act used to release new albums almost every year, and since it’s...
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Brad Pitt Admits He Loves The 'Friends' Theme Song to Zach Galifianakis

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:26pm
What's your tolerance for awkwardness? If you thrive on it, you're going to want to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach...
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'All About That Bass' Songwriter Inks Deal With Sony/ATV Music

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:26pm
Grammy-nominated songwriter Kevin Kadish, who co-wrote and produced Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," has signed an exclusive worldwide...
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MusicRowLife: MusicRow Chart Director Troy Stephenson

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:46am
MusicRow Chart Director Troy Stephenson and wife Amy welcomed son Charles Dale Stephenson on [...]
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Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:26am
Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not...
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One Direction Fan Fiction Author Calls Her Story 'Vanilla Fifty Shades of Grey'

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:26am
Paging Harry Styles! Last year, the One Direction star and his bandmates were the inspiration for a viral online fan fiction story, the After series...
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Vanderbilt Law To Host Free International Copyright Panel

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:10am
Five international experts will discuss the current state of copyright law as it pertains to [...]
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Pandora Launches Artist Marketing Platform

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:57am
In a blog post yesterday, Pandora announced the Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), designed to help [...]
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Citi, Live Nation And Yahoo Introduce New Interview Series

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:40am
Citi® Private Pass, Live Nation Entertainment and Yahoo today (Oct. 23) announced [...]
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Aristo International Report Highlights Country’s Global Impact

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:37am
The AristoMedia Group has released its Aristo International Report for fall 2014 [...]
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Pop Shop Podcast: Kiesza Interview, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & More

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:26am
Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest...
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