The podcast for our 5/28/10 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, we re-broadcast our interview with Will Powers, the voice of inspiration who is really acclaimed Rock Photographer Lynn Goldsmith. I had the honor of talking with her about Will Powers and the Will Powers Institute in September 2008. Goldsmith was a guest the previous month, discussing her Police Photo Anthology.
Also, congratulations to my brother Tony and his new wife Kara on their wedding on Friday night.
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This weekend I will be at my brother’s wedding, so we will re-broadcast our interview with Will Powers, the voice of inspiration who is really acclaimed Rock Photographer Lynn Goldsmith. I had the honor of talking with her about Will Powers and the Will Powers Institute in September 2008. There may be a delay to putting up the podcast, but I will have it up as soon as possible.
Have a terrific weekend.
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Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Lynn Goldsmith twice on Revenge of the 80s Radio: once on her career as a photographer and director and once about her alter ego Will Powers. During those discussions we talked about Goldsmith’s upcoming exhibits and shows. One of them, “Rock and Roll,” begins October 2nd at the Jenkins Jonathan Gallery on East 26th Street in New York City. The show runs through November 25th and kicks off with a reception on the evening of October 2nd at the gallery. More information can be found on the Jenkins Jonathan website.
Goldsmith is one of the world’s most recognized and honored photographers and has done work with several legendary artists as The Police, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and The B-52s. She is also an accomplished director, songwriter and performer. More of Lynn’s work is available on her website.
The podcast for this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show, featuring an interview with Will Powers, is up and available at the bottom of this post. Will is actually Lynn Goldsmith, the brilliant world-class photographer and director who brought us the album Dancing for Mental Health, which is currently available on CD Baby.
Goldsmith made state-of-the-art videos for three singles: “Adventures in Success,” “Smile,” and “Kissing With Confidence.” The latter was a U.K. chart hit featuring Carly Simon on lead vocals. We talk about Will Powers’ origins, evolution and the future of the Will Powers Institute. Goldsmith found the character to be a truly inspirational one for many as it took off on its own international Adventure in Success.
For the Will Powers project, Goldsmith had help from several friends in the music industry who wanted to be a part of it including Simon, Todd Rundgren, Nile Rodgers, Tom Bailey and Steve Winwood. Also, during the interview, Lynn Goldsmith and I talk about:
- How she decided to present the Will Powers idea at a session in NYC
- The technology behind the Will Powers videos
- Will Powers philosophies and inspirational affirmations
- Why Goldsmith used a vocoder for the Will Powers voice instead of her natural one
- Plans for the future of Will Powers and the Will Powers Institute
- More on her photography and upcoming shows and exhibits includingr Lynn’s “Rock and Roll” exhibit at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery, in Manhattan October 2-November 25.
The interview with Will Powers kicks off the second hour of the show. We also feature music from several other artists including The Time Bandits, Kate Bush, Squeeze and Blancmange.
Our guest for this Friday night’s broadcast/podcast of Revenge of the 80s Radio will be Will Powers, who is really Lynn Goldsmith, world-renowned photographer and director who is the brains, voice and driving force behind Will Powers and The Will Powers Institute.
Lynn talks about the beginnings of Will Powers as an idea of hers she gained the confidence to present one night at a session with some great musicians and producers. Soon, Lynn produced Dancing For Mental Health and put her overall plan for Will Powers in place.
From the album, Goldsmith released three singles with videos: “Adventures In Success,” “Smile,” and “Kissing With Confidence” (the latter featured Carly Simon on lead vocals and charted in the U.K). Each project was technologically ahead of their time with the use of computer imaging, choreography and charming but meaningful self-help messages. Dancing Form Mental Health has recently been re-released and is available through CD Baby.
The Will Powers Institute is still around; the website can be found here, which includes a blog with musings and inspiring messages from Will. During the interview, Goldsmith talks about her future plans for the Powers character.
We also talked about some upcoming photography shows for Lynn, including her “Rock and Roll” exhibit at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery, in Manhattan October 2-November 25.
Our Will Powers interview will lead off the second hour of the next Revenge of the 80s Radio Show (check your local radio affiliate for times); the live webcast/broadcast will be this Friday night 7-9pm Eastern US time; our podcast will be available on this website starting Saturday morning.
The podcast for this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up. With the upcoming final Police concert in New York, we invited Lynn Goldsmith, the famed photographer who put together the 2007 book The Police: 1978-1983 featuring a huge collection of her work with the band as well as quotes and insights from the members. Our interview with Lynn kicks off the second hour of the show. The Regeneration Tour 2008 began its run through North America, so we played a track from each of the performing artists: ABC, Naked Eyes, Belinda Carlisle, Naked Eyes and A Flock of Seagulls. Also, it was the 27th anniversary of the launch of MTV, which played a big role in the success of several new wave bands; we played tracks of some of their most remembered videos.
During our interview, Lynn Goldsmith talks about her time with The Police, who were up and coming when she started working with them. She was there when a record executive thought the song “Roxanne” was gong to be a flop through their big years into the time when they broke up in 1983. Her several candid and behind-the-scenes shots capture the band members as they were humans and not as members of “the business.” Part of the profits for the Police: 1978-1983 will go to help the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which puts musical instruments in the hands of young people whose schools do not have the resources; Copeland is a board member of the organization.
Lynn Goldsmith has photographed several recording artists throughout her career, including the B-52s, Devo and Bruce Springsteen. Her website, www.rockandrollphotogallery.com, showcases her work, as well as behind-the-scenes unreleased Police videos.
While many know Lynn Goldsmith for her photography, she also recorded a series of inspirational music videos under the name “Will Powers.” We are going to have her back in the near future to talk with us more about Will Powers and the Will Powers Institute. Her videos were featured on USA Network’s “Night Flight” and known for their ahead-of-its-time computer graphics work combined with dance choreography. Here is her video for “Adventures In Success:”