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Norman Seeff 'Sessions in Sound' Exhibition

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LONDON New exhibition ‘Sessions in Sound: Photographs by Norman Seeff’ is set to unveil at London’s Proud Galleries this month. The exhibition - from 23 rd November 2018 to 13th January 2019 - features Seeff’s portrayals of influential musical icons. Lucy Reid takes a preview.    lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

All Images courtesy of: Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

As these depictions show, Seeff intimately captured the spontaneity of his subjects with alluring engagement whether it be a pensive Mick Jagger or a leisurely Johnny Cash (above).  Norman Seeff moved to New York aged 29 to pursue his passion, after training as a doctor in his native South Africa. Renowned album cover designer, Bob Cato, gave him his first major assignment – to photograph Robbie Robinson and The Band for the liner notes of their album ‘Stage Fright’.

 

 'Chelsea Hotel Color', Blondie, 1979,  Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

Despite an inauspicious start - Seeff got lost on his way to Woodstock and arrived  hours late - Cato’s work was used on the band’s album cover. Seeff had arrived.

In 1973, Seeff opened his own studio on Sunset Boulevard and saw him work with a whole spectrum of musicians.

 

'Mick Jagger', 1972, Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

In 1985, Seeff photographed musician Ray Charles and later recalled how “Ray was testy at the start of the session. Ultimately, he loved the process and ended up calling me ‘brother’. It was a seminal session.”

 

'Reflection', Joni Mitchell, 1975, Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

The exhibition also features a selection of unseen photographs, including a portrait of Patti Smith from Seeff’s 1969 acclaimed photoshoot with Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe. This session has arguably become one of Seeff’s most famous and he cited Patti Smith: “After Robert’s death, Patti told me these shots come closest to her remembrance of the profundity of the love between them.”

 

 'Robert & Patti II', Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, 1969, Proud Galleries© Norman Seeff

 

On his creative ethos Seeff says he constantly seeks “a place with my subjects that defines pure presence, where we can stand and just look at each other without any filters.”

 

GAIKA Hosting Halloween Curse of the Red Kiss Party

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LONDON Halloween night sees Gaika host and perform in the panache of The London Edition following his debut album and installation at Somerset House in summer. Chris Page  chris@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

His merry band of collaborators unleash their dark carnival - The Spectacular Empire – in the hotel's basement for a night of music and frolics. Get ready to join their blend of Caribbean dancehall and London Grime sprinkled with R&B, trip-hop, grunge and Prince.

The Curse of The Red Kiss promises to transport guests from 1835 to 2018 to solve the mystery of the curse.  Upstairs guests will revel in the opulence of Berners Tavern to disco and champagne. And downstairs...

“Welcome to a world in which authority has been removed and cities destroyed, a world where chaos reigns” This is the Spectacular Empire. 

 “Ghetto’ isn’t just to do with black people,” Gaika says, “but it’s all the people who live under the boot, the 99%, and how we end up revelling in what other people deem the shadow.”

 

Tickets to the party cost £25 and include a welcome Halloween cocktail.

 

Details in headline image

Party, £25 per person

Book via EventBrite: here

Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora Lead Cyberbullying Campaign

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LONDON The #IWILLNOTBEDELETED initiative was launched today at The Mondrian hotel headed by Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne (above). They were joined by brands ambassadors from Rimmel cosmetics and global beauty company Coty who announced the initiative to combat beauty cyberbullying.  Lucy Reid     lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

It centres around bullying, particularly among young girls, about physical appearance through negative or abusive comments on their social media channels.

The campaign aims to address the social inhibitors to free expression on social media which lead to people deleting social media posts or profiles.

Through a partnership with Cybersmile   #IWIILNOTBEDELETED will create an online forum for conversation about beauty cyberbullying where young people can share experiences and answers to this growing issue.

Sara Wolverson, VP, Rimmel Global Marketing, Coty, said: “Rimmel is about championing self-expression in beauty. We have always been against narrow definitions of beauty and people being judged because of the way they look.” 

Rimmel will join Cybersmile to create the Cybersmile Assistant, an AI-driven tool to be featured on its website from across the globe to help visitors affected by beauty cyberbullying.

Coty and Rimmel have also published a report looking at young women’s experiences of beauty cyberbullying. Key findings of this global report are:

Ø    1 in 4 women have experienced beauty cyberbullying

Ø    57% of those who have experienced beauty cyberbullying didn’t tell anyone

Ø    67% of those who experienced beauty cyberbullying lost confidence

Ø    46% of women who have experienced beauty cyberbullying have gone on to

self-harm

Scott Freeman, CEO, The Cybersmile Foundation commented: “I am confident that our partnership will change and save lives all over the world.”

Rita Ora, Rimmel global brand ambassador, said: “I am really proud to work with Coty and Rimmel on this campaign and support the message that beauty cyberbullying is not okay. I hope that by working with a business the size of Coty, we can get this message out to millions of people worldwide and truly change things for the better.”

Cara Delevingne, Rimmel global brand ambassador, commented: “Cyberbullying related to beauty choices has a real impact on people long after the incident occurs. The idea that some people make decisions in anticipation or fear of potential bullying is heartbreaking. I look forward to working with Rimmel to try and find a way of addressing this growing issue.

Mendes & Geiger Cover Queen's "Under Pressure"

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LONDON The first of three Queen covers has been released today by Universal Music Group (UMG) to mark the legacy of Queen’s Freddie Mercury ahead of the forthcoming biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox). Shawn Mendes’ cover of the 1981 number one hit, “Under Pressure” is the first of the releases. Abigail Parkin   abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk 

 

Shawn Mendes (above) has released an acoustic version of Under Pressure which was produced by Teddy Geiger (pictured below) and includes her guest vocals. All there covers feature UMG artists and the releases support the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT). The Mendes-Geiger collaboration honours both Queen and the Fighting AIDS Worldwide campaign through the MPT. This will also see Mendes, UMG and Queen donate net profits of the track to the MPT.

 

 

 

 

"I am so honored to be able to support the amazing legacy of Freddie and Queen by doing a cover of one of my favorite songs, ‘Under Pressure.’ It was so exciting to me to be able to do this with my close collaborator and one of my best friends, Teddy Geiger, for a cause that is very close to our hearts," commented  Shawn Mendes.

“Shawn is a hugely talented artist and he and Teddy have given us a stunning version of this Queen and David Bowie classic. All of us at The Mercury Phoenix Trust are eternally grateful to Shawn and UMG for helping us in this way in the ongoing fight to conquer the global AIDS epidemic,” said Queen’s manager, Jim Beach.

“Universal Music is home to some of the greatest artists in the world and it’s been incredible to work with some of our brightest young stars to celebrate one of our most iconic bands. I’m honored to have the ability to put a project together that benefits the MPT and shines a light on causes close to my heart,” said Dave Rocco, EVP Creative for UMG.

 

Hear 'Under Pressure'...  

 

 

The MPT was founded in 1992 by Brian MayRoger Taylor and Jim Beach to support the global fight against HIV/AIDS. See:

http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

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