Mr Musichead Gallery will present a collection culled from the archives of photographers Bill Avery, Roy Cummings, Roger Marshutz, William “Popsie” Randolph, Ernest E. Reshovsky, Gabi Rona and Bob Willoughby, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10.
Images include a live performance in Elvis Presley’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, a rehearsal and performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” backstage images, candid shots, publicity shoot outtakes, Elvis with Bill Haley, Elvis on the set of the films “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock,” and a few images of a young Priscilla Beaulieu, who would marry Elvis a decade later. Also on display are over 40 estate-stamped, limited edition silver gelatin prints.
“As a new decade begins, it seems a good time to look back and remember the birth of a rock and roll legend,” said Sam Milgrom, the collection’s curator and gallery owner. “The first popular music idol since Frank Sinatra in the early 1940s, Elvis represented and reflected the youthful angst, exuberance, and rebellion of the mid-1950s. These photos give a real sense of what a fresh and exciting talent he was and reveal the charisma that everyone was drawn to.”
The event will feature live performances of early Elvis hits by rockabilly musician James Intveld and his trio, a fully restored 1957 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, Scotty Moore’s original Gibson guitar, appetizers prepared by chef Vinh Nguyen, and craft cocktails by mixologist Ramon Camacho.
Tickets are $39, and sales will be limited to 200 tickets. A portion of ticket sales will go to the new Mr Musichead Music Scholarship Fund for children’s music education. The collection will be on view through Wednesday, Jan. 15.
The Mr Musichead Gallery is located at 7420 W. Sunset Blvd. For information, call (323)876-0042, or visit mrmusichead.com.