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A Slice of SoHo at the Sunset Marquis

It’s been three months now since Morrison Hotel Gallery opened for west coast business in the lobby of the Sunset Marquis.

The co-owners of the flagship gallery in New York’s SoHo district spent a great deal of time looking for the right “foot traffic” location here in LA. When you add in the historic record industry vibe of the renovated establishment they chose on Alta Loma Road, it’s hard to think of a better home for an outfit that represents about 90 top-flight music photographers.

There have been a couple of dedicated exhibitions so far at the LA space highlighting the works of co-owner Henry Dilz and moonlighting musician Graham Nash. There was also a launch event late last month for the iPad book Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury by client Neal Preston.

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Legendary Lyricist Jerry Leiber Dies at 78

Jerry Leiber, the wordsmith behind such rock classics as “Hound Dog,” ”Jailhouse Rock,” and “Love Potion No. 9,” passed away this morning at Cedars-Sinai after a long illness.

Leiber, along with his songwriting partner Mike Stoller, wrote a long list of hit songs and left a lasting influence on rock n’ roll. Their songs were recorded by musical heavyweights such as Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, Edith Piaf, Little Richard, the Beatles, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Together with Ben E. King, the duo co-wrote the 1961 hit “Stand by Me,” which has since been recorded by hundreds of artists. No offense to Jimi Hendrix, but we prefer the original King version.

More about the duo from the LA Times:

Their writing prowess and influence over the recording industry as pioneering independent producers earned them induction into the non-performer category of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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Elvis, Ruth 2010′s ‘Most Dangerous’ Autographs

Veracity has left the building. This according to Santa Ana based grading company Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA).

The firm says 2010 was another banner year for autograph forgeries, with roughly half of all received submissions from third-party purchasers turning out to be as real as last week’s Farmer’s Market Elvis sighting. Per PSA, the year’s “Ten Most Dangerous Autographs” of entertainment and historical figures are:

1- Elvis Presley
2- The Beatles
3- John F. Kennedy
4- Marilyn Monroe
5- Michael Jackson
6- Jim Morrison
7- Neil Armstrong
8- Jimi Hendrix
9- James Dean
10- Walt Disney

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LA Corners the King of Cool

At the beginning of the week, LA Weekly reporter Patrick Range McDonald was unimpressed by the potential choice of the intersection of Highland Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd. as “Steve McQueen Square.” But thanks to a City Council vote on Tuesday, it’s now official: the end-point of Route 66 is also the beginning of an attempt by municipal politicians to kickstart the Hollywood Media District.

An official dedication is set for Sunday, the 30th anniversary of the iconic actor’s death. Ahead of another special McQueen event Thursday, November 11th at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood (which FBLA will be attending), the Jules Verne Festival is co-sponsoring a 30-year mark automotive parade.

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Menu: DJ And Woodstock Chronicler Pete Fornatale Talks Tim Russert, Rubbernecking & “House Hippies”


Today’s media- Morning Media Menu podcast got a visit from a pro, as longtime radio DJ Pete Fornatale joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven to discuss the day’s media headlines and Fornatale’s recent projects.

“I miss Tim Russert,” Fornatale said while discussing the weekend’s story about a possible truce between General Electric-owned NBC and Fox News that has silenced attacks between Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. “I really miss Tim Russert because that was the place you could go to for civilized conversation, even between combatants.”

Russert was also on Fornatale’s list of people to interview for his book, “Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock.” Russert attended Woodstock in 1969, Fornatale said. “But before I could reach out to him, he was gone.”

Also discussed: The New York Post ending its dispute with ESPN over its coverage of the Erin Andrews scandal and reports that companies are trolling the Internet for any mention of their company, good or bad.

Regarding the latter, Fornatale said, “It reminds me of the record business in the late ’60s, which was just so straight arrow that they didn’t know what to do with this new genre of progressive rock represented by groups like Cream or Jimi Hendrix. So what they did was that each company hired what came to be known as the ‘House Freak’ or the ‘House Hippie,’ the person who could speak to those groups and not make them feel alienated from the corporate culture that they were getting involved with. That is going on right now.”

Speaking of the 1960′s, Fornatale also talked his recent book about Woodstock. “It was so obvious that this was going to be a watershed moment that I started collecting — in the first year after the festival — first person accounts from people backstage, from people on stage and from people in the audience,” he explained. “My original intention was to do it for radio specials, which I have done over the course of the last 40 years.” Using his original interviews as a starting point, Fornatale worked with his son to fill in the gaps and create the completed finished product, just in time to coincide with the festival’s 40th anniversary.

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