“A desert is a place without expectation”*…
Ed Freeman is a refuge from rock (a road manager on the last Beatle’s tour, a session guitarist, arranger, and producer, perhaps most prominently, of Don MacLean’s “American Pie”) who gave it up for a camera. Among his many continuing photographic projects is a series of pictures captured as he wandered through the small inland towns and deserts of Southern California.
See more of this series (many of which are collected into Freeman’s book, Desert Reality) here.
[TotH to This Isn’t Happiness]
* Nadine Gordimer
As we keep an eye out for Ozimandias, we might recall that it was on this date in 1987 that a 16 year-old singer named Tiffany Darwish, who had a major label debut album languishing in record store bins across the nation, ignited her career by playing a concert at the Paramus Park Mall in Paramus, NJ. In a time well before Britney and Hannah, Tiffany’s aim was to supplant Debbie Gibson at the top of the pop heap; but conventional promotion just wasn’t doing it. With Tiffany’s debut album going nowhere on radio or in stores, MCA Records and Tiffany’s personal manager signed on to a radical proposal: having Tiffany join the “Beautiful You: Celebrating the Good Life Shopping Mall Tour ’87″—the kind of promotional tour of American shopping malls then associated only with consumer products like canned soup and hair coloring… The Paramus gig was so successful that Tiffany went on to play malls all across America– and her album went quadruple-platinum.