Opening Reception – Firsts, Seconds and Thirds – January 21, 2016

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Firsts, Seconds and Thirds: African American Leaders in Los Angeles During the 1960s &70s from the Rolland Curtis Collection

Civil Rights took shape in 1960s Los Angeles as African Americans broke color barriers and began to occupy positions in government. Progress during this time extended past politics, to the realm of entertainment, commerce, public service and activism. It is in the midst of this exciting time that Rolland J. Curtis took thousands of photographs while serving as a Field Deputy for Council Members Billy Mills and Tom Bradley.

Curtis’ images provide a unique view of the African American experience in South Los Angeles during this time. This exhibit presents a sampling of the city’s black leaders of the period. Some famous, some forgotten, these individuals were true trailblazers: the first, second, or third African Americans in the history of Los Angeles to accomplish their feats.

Made possible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.

This event presented by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection and sponsored by Photo Friends.

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Firsts, Seconds and Thirds: African American Leaders in Los Angeles from the 1960s and ’70s from the Rolland J. Curtis Collection

Photographer’s Eye – Elisa Leonelli’s 1970s Street Photography on June 24th

Ave Pildas. Real Estate, Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, February 1976
Ave Pildas. Real Estate, Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, February 1976

Bring your lunch and join Elisa Leonelli, a Los Angeles-based photo-journalist, who will present B&W photos from the 1970s, in the style of “Street Photography”, inspired by French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson, taken in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and her native Italy.

Elisa. self-portrait. August 1976
Elisa. self-portrait. August 1976
Leonelli’s work was featured in the California Living, Sunday supplement of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper, and she worked on assignment for US publications (Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Westways, Time, etc) and foreign magazines (Epoca, Espresso, Europeo, Grazia, Panorama, Vogue, Zoom, etc).  During her career, she specialized in travel photography, and photographed and interviewed actors, writers, and musicians.
Sponsored by Photo Friends. Presented by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.
Full details can be found on the LAPL website.

L.A. in Focus: Gary Leonard and the Los Angeles Music Scene

L.A. in Focus
Gary Leonard and the Los Angeles Music Scene
Saturday, view March 14th, 2 p.m

Central Library, Taper Auditorium

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Flesh Eaters backstage at the Whisky, April 21, 1981 and at the Echo, January 10, 2015. Photos by Gary Leonard.

 

 

For over thirty years, photographer Gary Leonard has been telling the story of Los Angeles through his images. One piece of that story included the music scene of the 1970s and 80s where Gary witnessed firsthand many of the bands who would come to define the era and place Los Angeles at the epicenter of the music industry. Join us as Gary talks about some of his favorite music photos, many of which are featured in his book Make the Music Go Bang! : the Early L.A. Punk Scene and in the current exhibit From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the Los Angeles Music Scene, 1978-1989,  and as revisits some of those musical subjects in recent photos.

Additional details available at the LAPL website.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibit From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the Los Angeles Music Scene, 1978-1989on display at Central Library through June 2015.

Turn Up the Radio!

Turn Up the Radio!
Harvey Kubernik Discusses the L.A. Music Scene, 1956-1972
Sunday, September 14, 2 p.m.
Mark Taper Auditorium, L.A. Central Library
630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles CA 90071

Longtime music journalist and L.A. native Harvey Kubernik will share his experiences in the zeitgeist of the Los Angeles rock and pop music world between 1956 and 1972.

You’ll see rare and previously unpublished photographs of iconic bands and musicians, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Thee Midniters, Barry White, Sonny and Cher, and many others.

Recording artists are only one part of the rich history of music in Los Angeles. You’ll also learn about the studio musicians, background vocalists, songwriters, producers, and engineers who helped propel the Los Angeles rock and pop music scene to such a legendary status. Bones Howe, Barney Kessel, Hal Blaine, B. J. Baker, Merry Clayton, Jack Nitzsche, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Jim Keltner, Bobby Womack, Kim Fowley, Bruce Botnick, Dave Gold, and Stan Ross are just a few of the names recognized for their crucial contributions to the music created and produced in the recording studios of Los Angeles.

Harvey has been an active music journalist for over 40 years and the author of five books, including Turn Up the Radio!

The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing.

Reservations not required. Doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the program.

Parking is available at the 524 S. Flower Street Garage. Show your LAPL library card at the Central Library information desk for validation for reduced rates.

To arrange for accessibility accommodation, please contact Christina Rice within 72 hours of the event at (213) 228-7403.

Presented by Photo Friends. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.