Comin' Back to Me: The Music and Spirit of '69 --A Tribute to Marty Balin
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Experience 1969 fifty years later through the eyes of Marty Balin, founder, lead vocalist, and hit song writer for the 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane. Balin’s paintings of rock legends, personal archives and psychedelic concert posters will be on
Comin’ Back to Me: The Music and Spirit of ’69 honors the artist and rock music icon, Marty Balin (American, 1942-2018)— the founder, lead singer and songwriter of the groundbreaking San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane and a key member of that band’s 1970s successor, Jefferson Starship.
Comin’ Back to Me: The Music and Spirit of ’69 invites guests to take a trip back in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1969 through the eyes of a rock and roll legend. Nearing the end of a tumultuous decade, 1969 was a pinnacle year for politics and war, space exploration and two of the most unforgettable moments in 1960s music history. Marty Balin combined his passion for music and painting, and translated the sounds of psychedelic riffs and explosive vocals into a visual playground of color and expression.
To complement his paintings, the exhibition includes artifacts from Balin’s personal collection such as instruments, photographs, awards and original psychedelic concert posters. Adding context to Balin’s experiences are a video compilation, photographs by Mel Finkelstein of events in 1969. Friends of Balin have graciously contributed to the exhibition including iconic photographs by Herb Greene, catalog cover artwork designed by legendary poster artist, Dennis Loren, and catalog essay by rock music critic and author, Joel Selvin.
Additionally, guests are invited to “chill” in the black-light “chill lounge” and share memories of the ‘60s on a glow-in-the-dark graffiti wall, view vintage psychedelic posters from the LRMA collection, and experience a liquid light show created by Universoulightforms (Bob Pullum). In the late ‘60s, Pullum co-founded the Brotherhood of Light and produced lightshows for numerous acts such as Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and The Who.
This exhibition was organized by the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in collaboration with Susan Joy Balin and her sisters Donna Wendler and Alana Levande. We thank the following contributors to this special exhibition: legendary poster artist, Dennis Loren, music critic and author, Joel Selvin, photographer Herb Greene, and Bob Pullum of Universoulightforms. We are grateful for the support of presenting sponsors, Jeff and Lynn Pierson.
This exhibition is open to the public and included with museum admission ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free to members, children 17 and younger, SPC students/faculty/staff with ID and active duty military).
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Rd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Parking is available for free in the parking lot of the St. Petersburg College near the museum.