Rock Art Show at Hamilton Mall Feb. 8-10; Horseback Riding on the Atlantic City Beach
The Art of Rock ‘n’ Roll
By Jeff Schwachter
From as far back as he can remember, Pennsylvania’s Scott Segelbaum has been passionate about rock and roll. The self-described “huge Beatles fan” is also a music-history junkie. One day in 1991, while living in Los Angeles, Segelbaum had an epiphany while looking at some of the drawings the late John Lennon had done. “And I realized,” he says, “this is really interesting because Jerry Garcia did artwork, Ronnie Wood does artwork. [So] I thought: Why don’t I do a rock and roll art show? And because I was in L.A., everyone lived there and all these rock stars started doing artwork for our show. We had an opening night party and Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, Graham Nash, Robby Krieger — they all came out for the show, and that’s how this whole thing got started. The thing in question is a touring show and sale featuring artwork created by musicians, shots from esteemed rock photographers, concert posters, gold records and even playbills. Local classic rock station Kool 98.3 is presenting Segelbaum’s next show — being held inside an empty store inside the Hamilton Mall Friday, Feb. 8, to Sunday, Feb. 10. Enter the mall using the Ruby Tuesday side entrance this weekend (10am-9pm Fri. & Sat.; 11am-6pm Sun.) and you will soon discover an astonishing collection of about 200 framed pieces of art featuring musicians such as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Tony Bennett, Jon Anderson (of Yes), Ronnie Wood, Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi and more. You will also find rare concert posters and animation art. One of the coolest pieces in the show, which is always being modified as it travels from town to town, is an extremely rare, limited edition (nearly 300) lithograph print of a painting by Bob Dylan that has never been on exhibit in America before. Dylan also signed the framed print, which was a part of his recent “Drawn Blank” exhibit in Europe. Never-before-seen early Bon Jovi photos, original art by Yellow Submarine cartoonist Ron Campbell (pictured) and works by the late Who bassist John Entwistle are also featured. Come to browse or to buy (everything is for sale); either way, this is a rare opportunity to see the works of or related to some of the biggest names in music all under roof. The show is free!
ABOVE: Early, never before seen photo of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora by Randy Alexander.
AC Weekly asked Alexander about the photo, which is included in the show.
Tell us about how you got the opportunity to shoot this shot? When was it taken?
These are from January 1985, when the band was staying in Philly to record its second album, 7800 Fahrenheit. You have to remember that Bon Jovi didn’t become multi-millionaire superstar recording artists until their third album, Slippery When Wet. Before that, they were local Jersey hard rock band with a major label record deal on PolyGram … and actually on the verge of getting dropped. The guys were young, broke, and went out of their way to make themselves accessible to the media, sometimes to the chagrin of their label.
I was the main music guy at the Trenton Times in the 1980s and ‘90s, and was introduced to them while they were promoting their first album, Runaway, through my friends at the big FM radio station in Trenton. They were around the Trenton area – and Philly – a lot, so we became chummy and found a way to hang out whenever they were around. Late one afternoon while they were recording, Jon called me at the paper and invited me down to the studio for another hang. I was not on assignment but thought it might be cool to take some pictures. So I left and grabbed my 35mm Nikkormat at my Society Hill apartment and arrived at The Warehouse studio – all within an hour.
Jon gave me free reign to shoot anything as a fly on the wall, and they posed for a few while they were going about their business, too. I used all natural lighting so I wouldn’t intrude. We had a great time.
Where have the photos been all these years?
I’ve been sitting on these negatives for 28 years. We’re revealing two shots at the Rock Art Show, but I have a couple rolls’ worth, at least. I had set the negatives aside in a special binder where I keep all my B&W negatives from my teens and 20s, when I was a shutterbug and used to develop them myself. I printed up one or two of these for personal use but they’ve never left my home before this weekend. My friendship with Scott Segelbaum of the Rock Art Show began right around the time these pix were taken, in fact, and I recently asked him if he’d take a look at these and consider adding them to his show. The clincher came when our mutual friend, Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone’s original chief photographer, checked ‘em out and gave them his blessing. So we got ‘em cleaned up and digitized, and all ready to go for this show. I’m a huge fan of the Rock Art Show. I can’t wait to see how they do this weekend. Where better to make their world premiere than in New Jersey?
By Lori Hoffman
One of the most striking moments in the movie The King of Marvin Gardens is a scene with Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern on horseback on the Atlantic City beach. Horseback rides on the beach were a long-standing tradition in Atlantic City that has come and gone in more recent times. However, after a five years of no equine opportunities, the tradition has returned thanks the Writers Alliance RD, a Native American company. The company is currently offering horseback rides from MLK Blvd. and the beach, and a pony ring on the Indiana Avenue beach, weather permitting of course. The rides are scheduled Wed.-Sun., 10am-4pm. It costs $25 for a half-hour trot from Schiff’s Central Pier and the Pier Shops at Caesars and $5 for a pony ride in the ring. The return of horseback riding is part of the Atlantic City Tourism District’s master plan to provide family friendly tourist attractions. The horseback riding is a winter attraction, offered late November through April 1.
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