Museum hosts legendary rock writer David Fricke


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For Immediate Release
March 28, 2012

David Fricke returns to Allentown for talk at Allentown Art Museum

Allentown, Pa— Rolling Stone magazine senior editor David Fricke gave Museum visitors a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll last night [March 27] as he shared stories from his long career as a rock writer. Fricke, a Muhlenberg College alumnus, has been writing for Rolling Stone for more than 25 years and has interviewed such rock icons as Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Kurt Cobain.

In his talk last night Fricke recalled an early concert by Pink Floyd where the admission was $1, how he ended up onstage next to members of Spandau Ballet during a Live Aid show, and how professionally and personally satisfying it is to be on a first-name basis with performers such as Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe.

Fricke was introduced to the Museum crowd and interviewed in a sit-down format by Paul McEwan, associate professor of Media & Communication and director of the Film Studies program at Muhlenberg College. McEwan is the author of a book about a film about a fictitious punk band: Bruce McDonald's Hard Core Logo (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and has himself written about music for The Globe and Mail (Toronto) and Time Out Chicago.
Last night’s lecture is part of the programming related to the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley’s current show Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, organized by photography historian Gail Buckland and the Brooklyn Museum, which continues in the Museum’s upstairs galleries until May 13.

The next lecture in the ROCK series occurs on Thursday, April 19, when photographer Kate Simon will share her stories at the Allentown Museum of the Lehigh Valley:

Special Lecture with Kate Simon
04/19/2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Simon has created many iconic photographs that have defined the subject and are part of modern popular culture. The Clash, on the cover of the debut album, Debbie Harry on the roof of her apartment, Bob Marley by the pool, David Bowie in the studio, Patti Smith on a rocking horse, all captured in a singular timeless style. She has shot intimate portraits of artists and writers such as William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, WH Auden, and Dennis Hopper. Kate's photography has appeared on countless book jackets, record covers and in publications around the world, and is displayed in museums and galleries in Europe and the US. Join when Kate Simon presents some of her works and talks about her life photographing the artists who defined the genre.
Members $5, non-members $15.
To RSVP call 610-432-4333, ext. 110, or buy your ticket now through TicketLeap.