THE LOST ROCK & ROLL NEGATIVES
OF MICHAEL FRIEDMAN
VARIOUS ARTISTS COLLECTION
James Cotton - Vocals, harmonica, drums
John Simon - Vocals, piano, saxophone, tuba
Buddy Cage - Pedal steel guitar
Tom Rush - Vocals, acoustic guitar
Johnny Winter - Vocals, guitar
Gordon Lightfoot - Vocals, guitar, piano, drums
Ian and Sylvia - Ian Tyson Vocals, guitar Sylvia Fricker Vocals, guitar, autoharp, piano
Amos Garrett and ND Smart Vocals - guitar, trombone, bass, mandolin, piano
Albert Grossman Manager of Bob Dylan
Backstory: Michael Friedman, former Manager and Music Producer, found himself standing in the hurricane’s eye of America’s folk, rock & roll, and pop music industry during the late 60s through the early 80s.
Friedman had the good fortune of befriending, working, and traveling with many highly respected musical artists. While initially working as a publicist, and later as a manager and music producer, he was also an avid photographer.
Between 1969 and 1973, with a Pentax Camera and Tri-X film, Friedman photographed some of the most notable musicians of the time, on and off stage. But before he printed most of the photos, he lost track of the negatives and eventually considered them lost. Then, in 2017, after 45 years, the long lost negatives were discovered in and old box of records in Friedman’s attic and are now being fully restored.
It turns out to be a remarkable collection of never-before-seen, candid, black and white photos of iconic musicians and performers, including The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, The Band, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Todd Rundgren and others.
Like a '60s Rock Time Capsule" says Andy Vasoyan, of The Argonaut, "every picture in this rediscovered photo collection really does tell a story." Due to his unique access and relationships with the artists, Friedman's candid photography was able to help capture the essence of that historic period in American folk, rock, and pop music.