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Book Launch: ‘Exposed: The Lost Negatives and Untold Stories of Michael Friedman'

April 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Michael Friedman, Exposed

Celebrate the launch of music manager, producer and photographer Michael Friedman’s book of lost negatives in a live music-filled event!

Michael will talk about the book, the photos and the stories behind them on a panel with WPLR’s Mike Lapitino and longtime local musician Roger Kaufman.

The panel will be followed by live music from the era with Kaufman’s longtime band, Old School Revue! Special guests include drummer Chris Parker (who played with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Todd Rundgren), bassist Stu Woods (Dylan, Rundgren, Jim Croce), and Staples High School graduate Drew Angus.

Signed copies of Friedman’s book, along with prints, will be available for purchase.

If you missed the event, you may watch the performance here.

And the talk is available here.

MUSIC LEGENDS 1969-1973  |  A Time Capsule from Inside the Music Business Discovered after 50 Years 

Music Manager and Producer Michael Friedman launched his career in the mid-1960s working with folk, blues, and rock & roll musicians who became legends. Also an avid photographer, with camera in hand, he kept a visual record of the artists he worked with and their performances. Lost for nearly 50 years, his images and behind-the-scenes stories offer a front row seat at a defining moment in music history. Featuring 200 never-before-published photos of Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, The Band, Levon Helm, Todd Rundgren, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, James Cotton, Ian & Sylvia, Johnny Winter, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Rush, Rita Coolidge, and Albert Grossman. Other stories from inside the music business feature Bob Dylan, Bob Neuwirth, Clive Davis and George Harrison. Featured exhibitions:  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019-2020, California Heritage Museum 2018.

Forward by Barney Hoskyns, author of Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock

"Can we finally ditch that sniggering old saw about how anyone who remembers the 'Sixties wasn't there? Michael Friedman was waist-deep in its musical mayhem and he brought his Pentax. EXPOSED is an elegant, thoughtful, heartfelt, and atypically honest insider's diary of the rock & roll life curated by an unusually savvy observer. EXPOSED is simply stunning, an extraordinarily beautiful combination of kinetic onstage captures and intimate behind-the-scenes photos. It is America's musical life caught in 35MM black thunder and white lightning.”
- Fred Goodman, author of Mansion on the Hill, Allen Klein, and Rock on Film, former senior editor Rolling Stone Magazine

"It's remarkable that Michael was there at this important flash point in music history and that he documented it with a great eye for capturing its energy and personality.  It's really an honor for the museum. On behalf of Rock & Roll fans all over the world, we're very glad Michael found those negatives!  We are honored to exhibit these amazing photos of iconic artists and share them with the world.”
- Greg Harris, President and CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

From Michael: "I began working in the music business in the mid-sixties when Rock and Roll was still relatively young and turning the music world upside down. There were so many talented young songwriters and musicians who exploded onto the scene during that era, and while I didn't realize it at the time, I was incredibly fortunate to be working with some of the most enduring and iconic. I started managing and producing while still in college and at the ripe old age of 25, I found myself working alongside the most powerful manager in the music business, Albert Grossman. First in New York and later in Woodstock, we represented folk, blues, and rock and roll artists, including the most important songwriter in America, Bob Dylan; the first major female rock and roll star, Janis Joplin; and one of the most influential groups in America, The Band. I mean, how lucky can a guy get?"

More Resources...
Rock and Roll History, 1950-1980
History of Music


April 22, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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