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Photograph by Larry Towell—Magnum

Stephen Bulger Gallery presents a special a two-hour performance and CD launch that celebrates photography, music and storytelling by the renowned Canadian conflict photographer LARRY TOWELL, accompanied by slide guitarist Dan Rooke.

In addition to being an accomplished photographer, Towell is also a poet and musician. BLOOD IN THE SOIL is his new music CD packaged with a film shot at the Drake Hotel in Toronto in 2010 with the Toronto-based band The Henrys. His live performance incorporates visuals and the art of storytelling.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at 7 PM at the Drake Hotel, Toronto

Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Stephen Bulger Gallery.

See some of Towell’s work from Afghanistan on LightBox.

Photograph by Floria Sigismondi

LightBox goes behind the scenes of David Bowie’s latest music video, The Stars (Are Out Tonight), directed by the acclaimed Floria Sigismondi and starring Tilda Swinton. See the photos here on LightBox.

No photographer would ever get as close to Elvis as Alfred Wertheimer. His intimate photographs of the young, rising star reveal a carefree and innocent time before he became a cultural icon. On the publication of Taschen’s new book, Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll, TIME met with Wertheimer to reminisce about the days and nights he spent with the rocker on the cusp of unfathomable fame: http://ti.me/Z5FfTe

Wertheimer talks about his iconic picture, ‘The Kiss’: June 30, 1956. Backstage at the Mosque Theatre, Richmond Virginia. The story on this one is that Elvis had performed somewhere near Charleston, South Carolina on one of those one-day affairs. So Elvis was back in his hotel room. She was with some of her friends, slightly inebriated, when her friends said, “we dare you to call Elvis at his hotel.” So she gets on the phone and she’s showing the gals that she’s got chutzpah and says, “Are you Elvis Presley?” He says, “Yes, I am.” At the time, her name was Bobbi Owens, so he says, “That’s nice Bobbi,” and they get into a half an hour chat. Elvis says, “The next time I’m down in this area I’ll send a car for you and you can come up and be with me all day and watch from backstage.” So she said “okay.”

A while later, maybe a month or so, he’s performing at the Mosque theater, and so he calls her and says “I’ll be there on the 30th of June, can you make it?” So he has one of his bodyguards drive from Memphis (400 miles) down to South Carolina, pick her up and go up to Richmond (that’s almost a 1000 miles round trip). And Elvis meets her at the hotel, and they horse around a little bit at the hotel.


Then he takes her to the theater in the back of the cab with ‘Junior’ Smith. After Elvis finishes combing his hair above the stage (there were no dressing room in the theater) he disappeared on me. I looked around to find Elvis, so I walk down the stairwell… and I see two figures at the end of the hallway, with a light over their head and a bulb in the background. And I’m standing here, I become a human tripod… I’m shooting stuff at a half a second, and I’m thinking about what Capa said, that if you aren’t close enough, your photos are probably boring…so I try and get up on top of these pipes and shoot over her shoulder Hollywood style into her face. What I needed was front lighting. So I’m going down on the landing and I’ve got my front lighting, and no sooner do I get myself set, then she says to him, “Elvis, I bet you can’t kiss me!” That’s all he needed, so he said, “I betcha I can.” I didn’t realize that he had tried twice to kiss her until about two weeks later. Until I developed my film in my laboratory, I didn’t realize he had bent her nose the first time, and the second time it was perfect, tongue to tongue, tip to tip. 55 years later, she denies on national television that he ever did kiss her, and that she was really on her way to Philadelphia to see her boyfriend.

For more of Wertheimer’s images and memories of Elvis, visit LightBox.

Pictured: Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones walk backstage at the Monterey Pop Festival, 1967
(© Jim Marshall Photography LLC)

On what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday, TIME presents rarely-seen photos of the guitar wizard by rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall. See more on LightBox.

Paul McCartney on the set of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at the Scala Theater, holding camera. London, England, 1964.

In honor of Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday on June 18, LightBox culled various photography archives to feature 70 iconic images of the Beatle—one for each year of his life.

See more photos here.

Jacky Chen—Reuters

June 6, 2012. A music group performs on a path amid fields to greet the farmers at Hwanggumpyong Island, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju and the Chinese border city of Dandong.

From the final journey of the space shuttle Enterprise in New York and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London to a landmark trial in Egypt and the once-in-a-lifetime Transit of Venus, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week. See more here.

Ground Zero, 2010.

Photographer Shane Lavalette turned to music in order to capture the American South for a project commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. See more here.

Terry O’Neill

The Foundation Rwanda “Evening of Food and Fotos” rock photography benefit auction—featuring pictures like Terry O’Neill’s shot of Amy Winehouse—is coming up on April 4. More information about the event is available here.

Dylan photo session with Don Hunstein in 1961 for his first LP cover released March 9, 1962

On the fiftieth anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first album release—and in honor of a new exhibition put together by the Grammy Museum and Cité de la Musique, featuring the work of both Don Hunstein and Daniel Kramer—photographer Daniel Kramer talks to LightBox about working with Dylan at an early and pivotal point in the troubadour’s musical career. See more here.

Don Hunstein—Sony Music Archive

Johnny Cash, October 1959. 

To celebrate the anniversary of his birth on Feb. 26, photographs of the county-music master from the Sony Music Archive. See more here.

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