Podcast: The Markers of Our Bliss—Lynn Goldsmith and Rock ’n’ Roll

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With her latest book, KISS: 1977-1980, just released, legendary rock ’n’ roll photographer Lynn Goldsmith joins us to talk about her time with this extraordinary band and what drew her to photograph and befriend them. In addition to the stories behind some of her iconic photos of Van Halen, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, and Prince, we also speak with Goldsmith about her other creative outlets. Did you know that she released an album under the name Will Powers, was co-manager of the band Grand Funk Railroad and photographed for the National Lampoon?

Throughout her career, Goldsmith has demonstrated an ability to photograph musicians in a manner that embodies not only their personalities, but even their music and, as is the case with her new book, with an understanding of what the band’s fans want to see. We ask her about changes in music publicity over the years and the varying approaches she might take when shooting in-studio, at a live concert, or with an artist in a more casual setting. We also chat about other aspects of her photographic work and what her music and celebrity portraiture shares with her documentary and fine art work. The magic of photography and the joy of creativity burn bright in Lynn Goldsmith, so join us for this enjoyable and insightful conversation.

If you are in the Los Angeles area on November 3, 2017, join Lynn Goldsmith and Paul Stanley from KISS for a special presentation and book signing at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove.

Guest: Lynn Goldsmith

Photographs © Lynn Goldsmith

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