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Ethan Russell: Best Seat In The House

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Ethan Russell: Best Seat In The House

Famed rock and roll photographer/video director shares

over 40 years of images and insights

SCHENECTADY, NY—March 2, 2015—Go on the road with The Rolling Stones; see Janis Joplin at The Royal Albert Hall; get a close up of Jim Morrison in London’s legendary Roundhouse; witness the taking of theWho’s Next cover; travel with Santana; watch John Lennon falling in love; The Beatles filming “Let It Be;” the Stones touring Exile on Main Street, and more.

No one else has had quite the same, remarkable journey as multi-Grammy Award®-nominated author and photographer Ethan Russell. His live presentation Ethan Russell: Best Seat In The House—at Proctors,1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28—shares over 40 years of images and insights in an engaging, thoughtful and funny evening of rock and roll memories.

In 1967, Russell was a young American with a Nikon camera living alone in a small London apartment, aspiring to become a writer. Just a few years later he was known as one of the foremost rock photographers in the world.

He would go on to photograph The Who’s Quadrophenia, The Beatles’ final photo session, and many other stars including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Moody Blues, Eric Clapton, Cream, Traffic, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles and more.

“You think you’ve seen all there is to see of the Rolling Stones. You haven’t,” says The Sunday Times of London. “Ethan Russell’s photographs reveal a completely different side to the band—relaxed, unguarded and light years away from any rock-star posturing. The only way you’d get closer would be to join them on tour.”

Ethan’s lifetime involvement with singer-songwriters also motivated his development of a new kind of short, music-based film, the inspiration for what later became known as “music video.” He directed the last film of John Lennon & Yoko Ono in Central Park. He directed videos with Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Hank Williams, Jr. and many others.

“It was a quite a ride,” says Russell.

Russell has written three books exploring those years but now, with his intimate, captivating live show, he focuses on that thrilling “ride,” relaying what it really was like to be there with the Beatles and the Stones. The presentation incudes 375 photographs and music, and will be followed by a Q&A session with the renowned photographer.

Ethan Russell: Best Seat In The House1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, GE Theatre at Proctors.

Tickets are $30 and are available now at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online atproctors.org.

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