A few weeks back, we shared some great photos of musicians from the 1960s and ’70s. If you enjoyed those, you’ll also appreciate these shots of some of the era’s luminaries by the late New York photographer David Gahr. Gahr’s work appeared in Time and Rolling Stone, among others, and his career spanned five decades, from his earliest work in the late ’50s until his death in 2008. His photos are the subject of a new exhibition at Morrison Hotel in Soho from October 26 through November 11 (you can check the gallery website for opening hours if you’re in the city). Either way, check out some of the photos from the exhibition after the jump, along with archival commentary from the photographer himself.
Photo credit: © David Gahr Estate, courtesy Morrison Hotel Gallery.
Johnny Cash, 1964, Newport Folk Festival
Johnny Cash in July 1964 at the Newport Folk Festival. This was the country music veteran’s debut performance at the folk festival, and he wowed the likes of Bob Dylan. Johnny Cash and Dylan became fast friends right there, a relationship that endured throughout their careers.
David Gahr: “Johnny Cash was our hero in Newport of 1964. He looked the perfect stud, a card-dealing cowboy with the face of a riverboat gambler, flipping his guitar back and forth with sure nonchalance. It was a face ravaged by strong living and we screamed in the pits like wild ones.”