Noted San Francisco artist Beniamino Bufano's bear sculpture sits in front of the Ross, Ca. Town Hall in Marin County and has become the town's symbol. A gift to the town by the Flax family in 1971, it originally sat in the courtyard at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Bufano was a free-spirited artist and politcal radical. In protest of World War I, he cut off his finger and sent it to President Woodrow Wilson.
Here's a shot I took of legendary folk singer Joan Baez backstage at Stanford Ampitheater, Palo Alto, Ca. back in 1978...and below are stills from my Flip camcorder of her at photographer Jim Marshall's memorial celebration at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall this past week.
There are replicas of this car out there but this is the original car down to the original Beverly Hills license plates. The car was bought used by Janis in 1968 when it was 3 years old. It's a '65 356 Cabriolet and was all white when she bought it. Big Brother roadie Dave Richmond gave it the psychedelic paint job. In later years the original paint faded and flaked off and it has since been restored to it's original condition. On loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio it is shown here at the Marin-Sonoma Concours de Elegance. Janis drove this car around Marin County, Ca., where she lived just before her death in 1970.
The legendary music photographer passed away yesterday. He was my instructor for environmental portraiture at the Academy of Art College, San Francisco in 1978. A one of a kind, truly great photographer as iconic and larger than life as any of the musicians he photographed (video). He will be missed. R.I.P.
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