Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform at the Annenberg Space for Photography at Thursday's opening of "Who Shot Rock & Roll?" (Photo: Lester Cohen/Annenberg Foundation)
Photo exhibits do not engender the sort of behavior witnessed June 21 at the Annenberg Space for Photography in West Los Angeles. Nothing outrageous, but more than half the extensive crowd crammed the outdoor space to get a good look at the entertainment and after the band, Heart, was finished playing, nearly every song the DJ played had someone dancing or singing along.
A stellar acoustic set from Heart was the live attraction for the opening of "Who Shot Rock & Roll," a photography exhibit that runs through Oct. 7 at the space. Nearly a dozen of the photographers represented on the walls attended along with a half dozen of the musicians pictured.
Wallis Annenberg, second from left, greeted photographers Lynn Goldsmith, left, Jill Furmanovsky and Bob Gruen at the opening of the "Who Shot Rock & Roll" show in Los Angeles. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Annenberg Foundation)
Henry Diltz, the top photographer of the Laurel Canyon scene, appeared to know at least half the crowd, which included the photographers whose work defined the imagery of the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s: Ed Caraeff, Ed Colver, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Lisa Law, Laura Levine, Norman Seeff, Bob Seidemann and Guy Webster.
The punk era was represented well with Gerald Casale of Devo, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, guitarist James Stevenson and Blondie's Clem Burke and Frank Infante on hand along with Johnny Ramone's widow, Linda Ramone. Actor-musician Tim Robbins was among those admiring photographs of Bob Dylan, various '60s rock bands, Michael jackson, Madonna and others.
Lynn Goldsmith plays with a camera on a stick to take a shot of her fellow photographers, from left, Ed Colver, Ed Caraeff, Henry Diltz and Bob Gruen. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Annenberg Foundation)
CAA managing partner and head of music Rob Light came over to the party from CAA's offices in the same building. BMI's Tracie Verlinde and Universal Music Group's Sujata Murthy and Megan McLean were on a busman's holiday enjoying the images.
Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform at the Annenberg Space for Photography at Thursday's opening of "Who Shot Rock & Roll?" (Photo: Unique/Annenberg Foundation)
The actors Dennis Haysbert, Mena Suvari, Marg Helgenberger and Richard Lewis were popular with photographers on the red carpet while Scott Caan and Garrett Morris were mingling in the crowd.