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William Eggleston

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Native Memphian William Eggleston, 78, is widely regarded to be the most important photographer of the late 20th Century, but there is another side to him that took root in his Sumner, Mississippi childhood, where he discovered the piano in the parlor that ignited in him a lifelong passion for music. It was a passion he carried forth his entire life, playing quite adeptly when a piano was handy: improvised turns on Bach, Handel, gospel, country, and popular selections from the Great American Songbook for friends and family. Though his travels found him rubbing elbows with Andy Warhol's Factory superstars in New York, where he lived for several years with Viva at the Chelsea Hotel, and observing a music scene in Memphis that included Big Star's Alex Chilton, and his old friend and owner of Ardent Studios, engineer Jon Fry, his own music went largely unheard by the general public.

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Famed Photographer William Eggleston Releases Debut Album, ‘Musik’

“[Musik] is assertive and confident, with a swagger that might well be linked to the unpressured way it was recorded, to document impromptu playing.” New York Times Stream and/or Purchase William Eggleston’s Musik– https://williameggleston.lnk.to/musik Today native Memphian William Eggleston, 78, who is widely regarded to be the most important photographer of the late 20th Century,… Read more »