A couple of weeks ago, Billboard sent me up to photograph Atlantic Records’ CEO Craig Kallman who’s also a compulsive collector of records (he has 750 000, yup!), music related memorabilia and amazing vintage rock photography.
So obsessive in fact that, according to wikipedia, this is the second largest private music collection in the world…
And he had to get an apartment to stash it, with 2 toilets: one dedicated to Soul music, the other one to punk rock.
And here is what it looks like in the mag.
Grooming by Megan Lanoux, and a big up to my boo Amelia Halverson at Billboard for sending me to cool places and paying me obnoxiously well.
A couple of Sundays ago, his only day-off, André De Shields and his long-time friend/impresario Merle Frimark warmly welcomed us in his Hell’s Kitchen eagle’s nest, cramped with his many books, records, scripts and his own writings, around the rehearsal piano; in a corner of the room, the wig for his acclaimed Frederick Douglass role.
And before you ask, yes it actually is Diana Ross on the photo above him.
A few days before, Kat Malott at The Wall Street Journal had gotten me invited for tea time to illustrate the ‘house call’ interview of the Mansion weekly supplement. She didn’t know it yet, but she had just offered me one of the loveliest moments of my career.
Now, I am usually fairly selective on here, but when the ‘Wiz’ dances and does his Jerry Lewis impersonation for you, you forget branding and you post the photos!
Bassem Youssef has quite a biography - from heart surgeon to being the ‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’, hosting a satirical show “Al Bernameg”, and subsequently pissing off both the Muslim Brotherhood and the military regime to the point that he had to stop for his own safety.