August 2, 2007:
Photographer Spider Martin was famous for the civil rights images he captured while living and working in Alabama. His photos from Bloody Sunday in Selma are among the most powerful images of the era. But civil rights photography is just one small sliver of Martin's portfolio. The bulk of his work was actually fashion photography and that's the focus of a new exhibit at UAB's Visual Arts Gallery. Gallery director Brett Levine and his wife, Mindy Shapiro-Levine co-curate the show, called "Spider Martin's Unseen 60s." They talked with WBHM's Tanya Ott.
Brett Levine and Mindy Shapiro-Levine agree that if Spider Martin were working as a photographer today - women would still figure prominently in his work. Spider loved the female form and even shot photos for Playboy. Levine and Shapiro-Levine considered some nudes when putting together this exhibit, but ultimately decided not to include them. "Spider Martin's Unseen 60s" is on display at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery through August 18th.
In 1961, a group of Birmingham 8th, 9th and 10th grade rock and roll wannabes formed a band called The Ramblers. And 46 years later, they're still providing the beat for aging teenagers to get on the dance floor and show they still got their groove going. This Saturday night, the Ramblers reunite to play for the 40th reunion of Shades Valley High School class of 1967. After all these years, these guys -- who all moved on to become professionals -- still find the time to get together and play. Drummer John Robinson and bass player Ed Terrell came by our studios for a visit. I asked them how the band was formed.
Drummer John Robinson and bass player Ed Terrell of the Ramblers. They reunite Saturday night for the 40th Reunion of the Shades Valley Class of 1967.
When reporter Les Lovoy and his wife Patti play Scrabble at home, they break out the board, crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy the friendly competition. But things are a little more serious for competitive scrabblers, as Les found out recently at the Birmingham qualifying tournament for the national finals.
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Watching The Spots perform is an "experience". The atmospheric band from Birmingham is all improvisation - almost everything they play is made up on the spot. And they use video backdrops to make their point. Their new self-titled CD was just released. This song is "Vote Rebuplican". Keyboardist Brian Murphy and bass player Shawn Avery visited WBHM's studios. (AUDIO MONTAGE) The Spots play Speakeasy August 17th. They've got a new self-titled CD, which you can find downloads from on the Tapestry page of wbhm.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Islara Vazquez tracks community events. We had additional help this week from Les Lovoy and Steve Chiotakis.I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.