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Holiday Highlights 2001 

Holiday Event Lisitngs

Wednesday, Nov 21 2001

Page 9 of 11

Fail-safe gifts for music snobs who find fault with everything would be Poncho Sanchez's Latin Spirits, or The Very Best of Cubanismo. Let them try to find something wrong with this passionate, soulful, superb musicianship.

Two new CD's that will work wonders on the young hipster who wants only the latest are Afro Celt Sound System Volume 3: Further In Time and Ozomotli's powerful Embrace the Chaos.

Other new releases for the urban set are Bullfrog, a Montreal hip-hop outfit including Kid Koala, a fun and funky record reminiscent of The Pharcyde and MC 900Ft Jesus, and The Coup's Party Music, an insanely indignant and contemptuous anti-capitalist manifesto wrapped up in brilliant rhymes and flawless production from this Oakland collective.

Apple's iPod

Is that a jukebox in your pocket or just a little hard drive? Apple's iPod is both, actually. This groovy gizmo is the size of a pack of smokes and holds up to 1000 mp3 files. Designed as a companion to Apple's simple-to-use iTunes application, synchronization is automatic upon plug-in, and an entire CD can be downloaded in about 10 seconds via the firewire port. The 5-gig hard drive can also be used to transport and transfer non-music files. If James Bond ripped albums, he'd carry one of these.


Due to widely varying tastes and sensibilities, it can be problematic to buy fiction for other people. In doing so, it is somewhat implicit that your are responsible for the recipient's time spent reading it, in that if they think the book blows, they'll blame you for the wasted nights and Muni rides. Long fiction is also a gift that creates resentment if they plow through it just because you may ask them how they liked the ending. This doesn't apply to the proper gift book, which can be picked up and enjoyed whenever and by whomever, or, in the case of fiction can be read in an evening or two. The best advice is to stick with visual arts and light reads, and of course to support the bookstores in your neighborhood.

Eugene Atget

One of the thoughts that come to mind when flipping through Atget's beautiful monograph on Paris (1857-1927), is to thank God he did this. Without his efforts, many of the scenes he photographed would be gone from the human record; as it is, the romance of turn-of-the-century France is both preserved and perpetuated by the totality of his work. Atget reveals the lavish to the low-down in a comprehensive study of the culture: a lobster stand, a newspaper kiosk, bakeries, carnivals, a wine merchant's shop, clothiers, parks, buggies, sculpture, alleyways, staircases, castles, interiors, and his famous Parisian store windows. There are rarely people in his photographs, but you feel you really understand those who lived there through the streets they walked. Thankfully, the shots of Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge are free from Christina Aguilera and Lil' Kim. And don't look for Pink, either; this is all in glorious black-and-white.

*Not Fade Away and Early Dylan
Jim Marshall

San Franciscan Jim Marshall is considered by his peers to be the greatest photographer of musicians. His is a genius of mixing talent, timing, and Tri-X to create images that become definitive of the subject. Hendrix's flaming guitar, the Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East, Johnny Cash at Folsom, and Janis Joplin with her Southern Comfort bottle--you know these images even if you don't know the man who took them. A few years ago he published Not Fade Away, a collection of his rock music images that views like a celebration and a memorial roster at the same time. Marshall captures the exuberance of the early days of 60's rock, but time and circumstance have put in a somber undertone, with all the casualties preserved in their prime. Not Fade Away is also available in paperback, and Jim has collaborated with two other photographers, Barry Feinstein and Daniel Kramer to produce an intimate book of photographs and anecdotes entitled Early Dylan, which focuses on the mid-sixties era.

*Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawaii
David Liittschwager & Susan Middleton

These two local photographers have made it their mission to document America's endangered species through a style of portraiture that amplifies the creature's essence by isolating it from environment. They have created an affecting record of both plant and animal, and their new National Geographic book project had them four years in Hawaii preserving the vanishing. Graceful, peaceful, and tragic--elements that make nature photography art.

Aperture Masters of Photography Collection

Aperture, a publishing leader in fine art photography, has a series of books designed as economical introductions to master photographers. Selling individually for $12.50, with discounts for set purchases, these are like little primers in the art. Measuring just 8"x 8" and containing 40 duotones each, they're not so intimidating as the huge coffee-table tomes that most of these artists also have published.

Set #1

The first set gathers the work of twelve photography masters of the highest order for your pleasure and education, including the photojournalism of Cartier-Bresson; the New York of Berenice Abbott, Weegee, and Stieglitz; the avant-garde experiments of Man Ray; and August Sander's Weimar portraits.

Set #2

This six-book set showcases W. Eugene Smith's extraordinary storytelling, Barbara Morgan's stunning dance photographs, Tina Modotti's Mexican and communist workers, Harry Callahan's shape-driven art, as well as the photographs of Wynn Bullock and Eikoh Hosoe. If you can't find them in your local bookstore, visit


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