John Lennon: The Day the Music Died | Kingston Grand Theatre

John Lennon: The Day the Music Died

Feb 19th, 2015 - 3:35PM /
Julie Fossitt
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Multi Grammy-nominated photographer, author and director Ethan Russell is the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. A boy from California who wasn’t even really a photographer when he took his first pictures of Mick Jagger, Russell was one of the foremost rock photographers in the world a few years later.

I saw this show last year in Ottawa at the Shenkman Arts Centre and was riveted not only by the hundreds of iconic photographs that graced the stage, but of the personal stories shared by Ethan about James Taylor, Pete Townsend, Linda Ronstadt, Mick Jagger, John Lennon and many others.

You can hear more from Ethan at his exclusive presentation at the Grand Theatre on Friday, January 27 and have the chance to win a signed photo of one of your favourite legends of rock. Don't have tickets yet? Scroll to the bottom of this page to enter to win a pair.

Here is an excerpt from a blog post by Ethan on the topic of John Lennon.

When the call came I was in my home in the Hollywood Hills. It was Holly the editor working on the filmed footage I had directed less than two weeks earlier of John and Yoko walking together in Central Park and lying naked in bed in a downtown gallery. I had last seen them twelve days before on my 35th birthday.

“Have you heard?” said Holly.

“Heard what?” I thought something had gone wrong with the production. People get tired and emotional.

“They’ve shot John.”


“They shot John.”

“Is he all right?”

“I don’t know, I don’t know.” There was silence.

Over the phone line I could hear her radio, and out the window the never-ending sound of New York horns blaring, and ambulances. Outside my house it was dark and quiet in the hills. Read the rest of Ethan's blog post here.

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