Episode 65 of Live Culture, September 2020
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Live Culture 65:
Born To Document

September 26, 2020 from 11-12 noon  
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This month on Live Culture I am in conversation with photographer J.J. Gonson who has a beautiful new book of photographs coming out, as a set with the anniversary re-release of Elliott Smith's self-titled album on Kill Rock Stars. Gonson has been documenting with a camera since she was a child, and as a teenager began filming the local Boston music scene. She later moved to the west coast and has shot images of bands and music world-wide. She became close to Smith and his band Heatmiser, even going on to become his manager- as well as documentarian -when he went solo. Her work become his first two -now iconic- album covers. Gonson's photographs of bands like Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Black Flag are legendary, but she also has documented many lesser known acts and has many, never-been-seen bodies of work. We discuss her practice over the course of her life, her preferences and process. Gonson now runs an event space -Once- in Somerville Massachusetts,  which has- because of COVID- moved over to YOUTUBE to become the Once Virtual Venue (OVV). Please join us for this special conversation.

To see more about J.J.'s Images, the venue Once, The Elliot Smith Project, and some press please visit:

Top banner: The Live Culture Logo features Large and Small Thoughts, an image by artist Joan Fitzsimmons.
Photograph of J.J. Gonson, Courtesy of the Boston Globe.

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Live Culture is a monthly discussion about the arts, Hosted by visual artist Martha Willette Lewis and  airing on WPKN, Radio 89.5 fm  Bridgeport, available online at The show airs on  the final Saturday of each month  from 11-12 noon and is available for two weeks on ARCHIVES and *EVER AFTER* as a PODCAST, for ON-Demand Listening.

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